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Put it There

From RollingStone.com - Sir Paul McCartney

My dad – huge Beatles fan, but loathed Paul McCartney. He found his post Beatles music to be pedantic, his politics to be misguided, and his self-idolization to be distasteful. As fathers and sons go, of course, my favorite of the post-Beatles careers was McCartney. He endures. My dad, always a fan of the “quiet Beatle”, George Harrison.

The thing about McCartney, for me, is that I keep finding gems from the catalog. For example, how I’d never listened to ‘Put it There’, from the 1989 album, “Flowers in the Dirt”, is a mystery. But, after recently discovering it, dang – it just gives me all the feels. In a 1989 interview, McCartney offered this about the song, “‘Put it there’…was an expression my Dad used to say when we were kids. He used to hold his hand out and say, ‘Put it there if it weighs a ton’… My Dad died over ten years ago now, but you remember those things with affection, you know. And so I wrote a song about that, which I think will become one of my favorites.”

No doubt, ‘Put it There’ is a deep cut, but how this short, pithy, harmonic song escaped me for 20 years is a mystery.

Give me your hand I’d like to shake it
I want to show you I’m your friend,
You’ll understand if I can make it clear
It’s all that matters in the end.

Put it there if it weighs a ton,
That’s what a father said to his young son
I don’t care if it weighs a ton,
As long as you and I are here, put it there.
Long as you and I are here, put it there.

If there’s a fight I’d like to fix it,
I hate to see things go so wrong.
The darkest night and all it’s mixed emotions
Is getting lighter sing along.

Put it there if it weighs a ton,
That’s what a father said to his young son
I don’t care if it weighs a ton,
As long as you and I are here, put it there.
Long as you and I are here, put it there.