Paul McCartney book to feature unrecorded Beatles song

Paul McCartney book to feature unrecorded Beatles song

Paul McCartney's forthcoming book The Lyrics will feature the newly discovered words he wrote for an unrecorded Beatles song alongside 153 of his other works.

The career-spanning selection, published on 2nd November by Allen Lane, includes lyrics for “Tell Me Who He Is”. Believed to date back to the early 1960s, the song was discovered in the singer's notebooks during the writing of The Lyrics.

McCartney's book includes hand-written lyric sheets, unseen personal photographs, drafts and drawings. Each song is accompanied by a commentary from the star. Those featuring include classics such as “Blackbird”, “Live and Let Die”, “Hey Jude”, “Band on the Run” and “Yesterday”.

To accompany the new book, the British Library has announced it will host a free display entitled "Paul McCartney: The Lyrics" from 5th November 2021 to 13th March 2022), which will celebrate the songwriter and feature previously unseen lyrics from his personal archive. Handwritten lyrics and photographs spanning McCartney’s career will reveal the process and people behind some of the most famous songs of all time, from his earliest compositions through legendary decades of The Beatles and Wings to the present day.

The book will be published in two 480-page hardback volumes with a slipcase and an r.r.p. of £75.

Speaking about it earlier this year, McCartney said: “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.”