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While this rusty, dented, and broken down hulk of metal may look like useless junk to most of us, it has an undeniable intrigue that pulls at the imagination in a lyrical sort of way. You can almost see Grandpa merrily bouncing down a dusty dirt road in his old jalopy.
When composing the 1968 song, "Junk", written by Paul McCartney during a Beatles tour in India, McCartney ponders why we leave things that were a part of our lives and replace them with others, when at the same time we leave memories attached with those objects, in a metaphysical way.
The lyrics speak of motor cars, handle bars,
bicycles for two ---
broken hearted jubilee,
and sentimental jamboree. Something old and new, and memories for you and me.
Says the junk in the yard.
The song had an early working title of "Jubilee", and was also known as "Junk In The Yard". It was originally written in India, at Maharishi's camp, and completed bit by bit in London. It was recorded as vocal, with two acoustic guitars, and bass at home, and later added to (bass drum, snare with brushes, and small xylophone and harmony).
In 1970, McCartney recorded a demo version of "Junk" at Kinfauns, George Harrison's Esher bungalow upon the Beatles' return from India. It was eventually released in 1996 on Anthology 3. A rough version, lasting just 16 seconds and sung in mock French, was busked on 9 January 1969 during the Get Back sessions at Twickenham Film Studios.
When beginning work on his first solo album, McCartney recorded two versions of Junk using his home studio at 7 Cavendish Avenue, London. More instrumentation was added at Morgan Studios.
Take one appeared on the McCartney album as Singalong Junk, with added Mellotron and percussion, whereas take two was given vocals and was issued as Junk.
Junk was first performed live as an instrumental during McCartney's appearance on MTV Unplugged on 25 January 1991, and appeared as the final track on that year's Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album. An orchestral version opened McCartney's 1999 album Working Classical.
Ref. The Beatles Bible: http://www.beatlesbible.com/people/paul-mccartney/songs/junk/ Posted:
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