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The Best Songs: Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

From Wikipedia:

Maybe I’m Amazed” is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his McCartney album on 17 April 1970. The studio version from the album has never been released as a single. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of The Beatles. Later, McCartney’s band Wings released a single of a live performance of the song from the band’s 1976 tour of America, which became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 26 in the United Kingdom.

1974 live version:

1976 live version, the best!:

Although most of his debut solo album was recorded at his farm in Scotland, McCartney recorded “Maybe I’m Amazed” entirely in EMI‘s Number Two studio in Abbey Road in London, where he was mixing the rest of the tracks. He played all the instruments: guitars, piano, organ and drums

Original promo video:

 Maybe I’m Amazed is the song I would like to be remembered for

- Paul McCartney

No singles were taken from Paul McCartney’s self-titled solo album, but when the live album Wings Over America was released six years later, he released the live version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” (as a Wings single). This version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” is for me the definitive take.  The original was good, very good, but this is great! The original was one of the highlights  on “McCartney”, but it is live that the song really springs to life. It has become a true anthem.

It has been covered a lot of times, my favourite cover version is by The Faces. My God, Rod Stewart was once a fantastic rock vocalist!:

Maybe I’m Amazed lyrics by Paul McCartney:

Baby, I’m amazed at the way
You love me all the time
And maybe I’m afraid of the way
I love you

Maybe I’m amazed at the way
You pulled me out of time
You hung me on the line
Maybe I’m amazed at the way
I really need you

Maybe I’m a man
Maybe I’m a lonely man
Who’s in the middle of something
That he doesn’t really understand

Maybe I’m a man
Maybe you’re the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby, won’t you help me to understand?

Maybe I’m a man
Maybe I’m a lonely man
Who’s in the middle of something
That he doesn’t really understand

Maybe I’m a man
And you’re the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby, won’t you help me to understand?

Maybe I’m amazed at the way
You’re with me all the time
And maybe I’m afraid of the way
I leave you

Maybe I’m amazed at the way
You help me sing my song
You right me when I’m wrong
Maybe I’m amazed at the way
I really need you

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Won’t you help me to understand?

Maybe I’m a man
Maybe I’m a lonely man
Who’s in the middle of something
That he doesn’t really understand

Maybe I’m a man
You’re the only woman
Who could ever help me
Won’t you help me to understand?

Oh baby, I’m amazed
Oh baby, I’m amazed
Yeah baby I’m amazed
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, babe, I’m amazed
I’m amazed with you

 

One of my alltime favourites.

– Hallgeir

 

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