On September 24th, 1941, Linda Eastman was born in New York City and she would go on to become one of rock music’s great photographers, an animal rights activist who changed how people think about vegetarianism as well as being the love of Paul McCartney’s life. She was the muse behind a great chunk of the former Beatles’ work and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ is a song about his adoration to Linda, one which captures his complete awe for her following the break up of The Fab Four and how she guided him through it.
The couple first met when Linda’s photography work took her to London in May 1967 and, during her time in the English capital, she would meet her soulmate Paul McCartney at the Bag O’Nails club. Whilst she was still in London, she met Paul once again four days later at the launch party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Brian Epstein’s house but she then travelled back to New York and fell out of contact.
Then twelve months later, when Macca was in the Big Apple, they reconvened and a few months later she went to London to stay with him. The two of them were totally in love and the next time she came out with her daughter, Heather, Paul managed to persuade them both to move to London permanently after forming a bond with both the Eastman girls.
The couple were soon married, joining matrimony in a small civil ceremony at Marylebone Town Hall on March 12th, 1969. During their joyous 29-year marriage, the McCartney’s had four children together. They also formed Wings together who was one of the most successful groups in the ’70s as well as creating Paul’s first album since leaving The Beatles, Ram, with one another.
Linda changed McCartney’s life in a positive way from the moment they first met and his tribute to her on ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ is not only the greatest track on his solo album McCartney, but one of the finest from his post-Beatles career. “Written in London, at the piano,” McCartney said in 1970. “With the second verse added slightly later, as if you cared. A movie was made, using Linda’s slides and edited to this track.”
The Beatles break up had hit him hard even though he knew it was inevitable but Linda remained his rock throughout this dark period and her guidance made him stay strong through a time of such uncertainty. “Maybe I’m amazed at the way you love me all the time, Maybe I’m afraid of the way I love you,” McCartney sings on the track straight from the heart.
‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ was his way of rethanking Linda for pulling him through the split of The Beatles and is a song that captures his love for her, which gave him a reason to still be happy despite the thing that had previously been the only constant in his adult life.
In 2004, McCartney went as far to say that “the song he would like to be remembered for in the future”, which shows how much Linda meant to him that the sentimentality of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ means more to him than anything The Beatles produced.
Watch the heartfelt video featuring Linda’s photography, below.