Bird lover McCartney wanted to become ornithologist as a kid

November 29th, 2008 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Paul McCartney

London, November 29 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he loves birds so much that he wanted to become an ornithologist as a kid.
Ive always liked birds. Its a theme of mine, the Sun quoted him as saying while discussing Electric Arguments by The Fireman, an album thats getting him some of the best reviews for many a year.
I think theyre symbolic of freedom, of flying away.
As a kid, I was a keen ornithologist and had a little pocket book, the Observers Book Of Birds. I lived on the outskirts of Liverpool and could walk just a mile to be in quite deep countryside, he added.
The The Beatles legend admits that birds have hugely inspired his music.
Somebody pointed out that Ive written a lot of bird songs so, recently, Ive become more conscious of it. Theres Blackbird (on The Beatles The White Album), Bluebird (on Wings album Band On The Run) and Jenny Wren (on solo album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.), he said.
A track in Electric Arguments, titled Two Magpies, seems to reveal McCartneys familiarity with the expression one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy.”
Asked whether he was superstitious, he said: No, probably the only thing Im superstitious about is magpies. Living in the country (at Peasmarsh, East Sussex), I see a lot of them. You see one and you spit or salute. I happen to spit.
He added: I love it when you see two for joy. I dont shoot or catch them like a lot of people. Theyre not supposed to be good for other songbirds and a lot of keen gardeners dont like them, but I do. Ive got lots. To me, its double joy or triple joy. Im very inspired on a spring morning if I see a crowd of eight.
Electric Arguments is the first Fireman album complete with lyric-based songs, for the previous two albums were ambient, electronic instrumental works. (ANI)

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