The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

In the Studio #80
They Were an Item #126

Linda and Paul McCartney record vocals for Ram.


Robert Fiore said...

I have long imagined the following cartoon: Two angel choirmasters are standing in front of a heavenly chapel from which hordes of angels fly holding their ears. One says to the other: "I don't understand it. They said she used to sing with McCartney!"

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Their pairing on recordings is a good definition of true love.

Monique D said...

Ram is perhaps McCartney's best and most consistent post-Beatles album, despite the many unsubtle jabs at Lennon.

swac said...

Not just Lennon, but all the remaining Beatles, really. There's speculation that the song 3 Legs refers to John, George & Ringo, as if that was McCartney's nickname for the others, collectively. Too Many People kinda speaks for itself as well.

chained and perfumed said...

3 Legs for sure but some claim Dear Boy was a Lennon jab as well which I always thought was a bit of a stretch. I believe him when he says it was about Linda's first husband because, well, it so obviously is.

And I think Linda sounds fine on her backing vocals. Not the strongest singer in the world but her voice is very much a part of this album's charm.