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Paul McCartney announces career-spanning 'The Lyrics' book, containing 154 songs

He’s one the greatest songwriters of all time and now you can paw through the myriad of lyrics within Paul McCartney’s canon at your own leisure as a brand new comprehensive book is to be released.

The new release, titled The Lyrics is a career-spanning look at McCartney’s insightful lyricism and how it helped not only define his own career but affected pop music and pop culture throughout the world. Released on November 2nd, the book will contain compositions from his teenage years, through The Beatles, Wings and on to his solo work.

There’s a whopping 154 set of lyrics in the book and it is set to be a must-have for any fan of McCartney or The Beatles as it stands out as one of the most comprehensive looks at the singer’s career in recent memory.

As well as the lyrics, the book will come equipped with previously unseen drafts of songs, personal letters and rare pictures from McCartney’s archive. “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” said McCartney.

“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.

“I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too.”

Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prixe winner who compiled the book said: “Based on conversations I had with Paul McCartney over a five year period, these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come. His insights into his own artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed – that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.”

The songs in question will run alphabetically to provide a changing view of the singer and not be stuck to the timeline we all know like the back of our hands.