Amidst all the excitement that the latest addition to the Beckham clan has the middle name Seven (Harper Seven Beckham), another equally historic piece of entertainment news has semi-slipped through the cracks. Rumour has it Paul McCartney will play a part in the 2012 London Olympics, be it the opening or closing ceremony, and will most likely be reunited with his old Beatle pal Ringo Starr. What’s more, selected offspring of George Harrison and John Lennon are said to also be in talks for the games in what could amount to pretty half-decent Beatle reunion.
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Paul McCartney’s solo stuff and rediscovered a song I’d long forgotten about. The track in question is one song McCartney wishes had been a bigger hit, feeling it was one of the best songs he ever wrote that didn’t really catch on. Ironically, a variant of the song which is by whisker different enough to avoid copyright infringement, did catch on, becoming one of the biggest hits of the 90s.
The song is Waterfalls, a sparse ballad from 1980 about a man listing all the reasons he needs love, urging his girl not to go “jumping waterfalls,” but to “keep to the lake.” It’s a unique metaphor, so unique that McCartney himself was unconvinced TLC and their writers had created their 1995 hit of the same name without a little of his inspiration.
Regardless, both are great songs, one a mammoth hit, the second biggest of 1995 in-fact, and the other, a more modest one from 15 years prior. Chances are you know TLC’s Waterfalls well, but may not have heard the McCartney original. So here it is, Waterfalls by Sir Paul McCartney, this week’s Song of the Week: