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Honey Pie

(Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

Albums in which the song is present

   1968 - The Beatles (White Album)
   1996 - Anthology 3

PAUL 1968: 'My dad's always played fruity old songs like that, you know.
And I liked 'em.
I like the melody of old songs, and the lyrics actually as well.
There's some old lyrics, like, you know – the woman singing about the man, and she's saying something about 'I wanna have his initial on my monogram.' You know what I mean? There's good lyrics and just good thoughts that you don't sort of hear so much these days, you know.
And so, I would quite like to have been a 1920's writer, 'cuz I like that thing, you know.
Umm, you know, up in top hat and tails and sort of coming-on to 'em.
So this kind of number, I like that thing.
But, uhh… So this is just me doing it, pretending I'm living in 1925.'

GEORGE 1987: 'John played a brilliant solo on 'Honey Pie' – sounded like Django Reinhardt or something.
It was one of them where you just close your eyes and happen to hit all the right notes… sounded like a little jazz solo.'

PAUL circa-1994: 'I very much liked that old crooner style – the strange fruity voice that they used, so 'Honey Pie' was me writing one of them to an imaginary woman, across the ocean, on the silver screen, who was called Honey Pie.
It's another of my fantasy songs.
We put a sound on my voice to make it sound like a scratchy old record.
So it's not a parody, it's a nod to the vaudville tradition that I was raised on.'

She was a working girl
North of England way
Now she's hit the big time
In the USA
And if she could only hear me
This is what I'd say

Honey pie you are making me crazy
I'm in love but I'm lazy
So won't you please come home

Oh honey pie my position is tragic
Come and show me the magic
Of your Hollywood song

You became a legend of the silver screen
And now the thought of meeting you
Makes me weak in the knee

Oh honey pie you are driving me frantic
Sail across the Atlantic
To be where you belong

Honey pie come back to me, oh

Yeah
I like it like that, oh ah
I like this kind of hot kind of music
Hot kind of music
Play it to me, play it to me, honey, the blues

Will the wind that blew her boat
Across the sea
Kindly send her sailing back to me

Honey pie you are making me crazy
I'm in love but I'm lazy
So won't you please come home
Come, come back to me, honey pie

Oooooooooooh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Honey pie, honey pie

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