Paul McCartney On Drugs

January 3rd, 2007

McCartney On LSD

The Beatles titan recently claimed, allegedly during a talk with friend and self-proclaimed "king of bitter divorces" Alec Baldwin a few days ago, that he has grown physically sick from the latest charges by his estranged wife in their divorce proceedings. (Her latest claim is that he stole paintings by Picasso and Renoir from their once-shared lodge.) But, let us revisit for a moment one of the more interesting charges leveled by Heather against Paul, shall we? Let us return to the drugs.

In college in the late 1970s, I had a girlfriend from The Hamptons who had been the baby sitter for Paul and Linda McCartney. (Paul and Linda and their children lived in that elegant Long Island suburb through most of the 1970s). Lizzie hated babysitting for the McCartneys because they were slobs (messy house) and because there were "drugs all over the place," right out in the open where theoretically one or all of their four young children could get at them. When I questioned Liz more closely about the drugs, she mentioned white powders, mushrooms and (no surprise) marijuana.

Lizzie detested drugs back then, because she was worshiping a poet named Robert Bly, and Robert Bly hated drugs. But I must admit, for me, this tidbit added substantially to Beatle Paul's always questionable hipster cred.

In the recent divorce case between Paul and his anti-landmine activist soon-to-be ex-wife Heather Mills McCartney, Heather filed a court statement, according to the British tabloid press, stating that McCartney had attacked her with a broken wine glass, and that he used illegal drugs and drank to excess.

I'm in no position to comment on any propensity Sir Paul may have towards violence, although a biography written by the tabloidesque rock writer Christopher Sandford promises, in a synopsis on, that "McCartney is a tale of self-destruction, violence and epic excess." (Imagine that. Paul McCartney: the Great Beast.) And McCartney himself has made clear that he drinks heavily when he's depressed (after the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, after the death of his first wife Linda, and while he toured for his hardest rocking solo album, "Run Devil Run" in 1999).

But when it comes to Macca and drugs, there is quite a bit more to talk about.

Join me then on a magical mystery tour:

Paul McCartney and Drugs: A Timeline

Early 1960s

The Beatles play frequent late night shows in seedy clubs in Hamburg, Germany, popping stimulants — mostly Benzedrine — to stay awake.

August, 1964

Bob Dylan turns The Beatles on to marijuana. He is shocked to discover that they're pot virgins.

April 1965

John Lennon and George Harrison are slipped LSD at a dinner party thrown for them by their dentist. McCartney is elsewhere.


McCartney becomes the last Beatle to try LSD


McCartney is turned on to cocaine by Robert Fraser, an art dealer and a central figure in the London counterculture, who was art director for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover (the image itself was done by Peter Blake). He uses cocaine a bit during his work on Sgt. Peppers, although he apparently doesn't share it around with his mates. Cocaine is very obscure in 1967 and doesn't become second nature to rock stars ’til around 1969.

Spring, 1967

McCartney is the first Beatle and the first major figure in rock to admit that he and the other Beatles had taken LSD. While this would seem to have been obvious to anybody who had been listening to their recent recordings, the great majority of people were way more clueless than they even are now and so the admission stirs up quite a bit of controversy. Lennon is miffed that McCartney came out of the closet as an acid head first.

June, 1967

In Life magazine, McCartney describes himself as "deeply committed to the possibilities of LSD as a universal cure-all."

July 24, 1967

All four Beatles sign a petition published in The Times of London calling for decriminalization of Marijuana. Sir Francis Crick and Francis Huxley also sign the petition. The Beatles also pay for the ad.


Paul and Linda McCartney are busted for smuggling hashish into Sweden. He pays a $2,000 fine.


McCartney is busted for growing marijuana on his farm in Scotland. He is fined the equivalent of $240.

McCartney visits John Lennon and Harry Nilsson, who are living together in L.A. while Lennon produces Nilsson's album, "Pussy Cats." A bleary-eyed Nilsson offers McCartney some PCP. Paul asks, "Is it fun?" "No," Nilsson replied. So McCartney passes on the PCP.


According to a book written by May Pang called Loving John: The Untold Story about the time she spent as John Lennon's girlfriend, John Lennon and Paul McCartney drop acid together one day in New York City in 1974 and decide to go visit David Bowie.

Bowie has just received the final mix of his latest album, Young Americans which includes two songs that John Lennon worked on. One was a reworking of The Beatles song, "Across the Universe," and the other was to become Bowie's first number one hit, "Fame," co-written with Lennon. Bowie proudly plays the new album for his two Beatles heroes and they're impressed. And so he plays it again. And again. And again. Eventually, McCartney excuses himself and bolts out the door, Lennon following quickly behind. Bowie's drug of choice in the mid-1970s might explain his obsessiveness that day: mountains of cocaine.

An interesting side note: In The Beatles version of "Across The Universe", the line "nothing's gonna change my world" comes across as a sort of cosmic meditation on the divine perfection of the eternal now. In Bowie's version, the same line becomes an expression of terrified desperation. This might be interpreted as the difference between psychedelics and coke, as well as the difference between the 60s and the 70s.


Linda McCartney is busted for possession of marijuana in Los Angeles, but charges are dropped.

Sometime around 1976-77

I can't find the source so this is from memory, but at some point the McCartneys hosted a party for the original cast of Saturday Night Live. Mescaline was on the menu, according to one of the many SNL histories.

Late 70s

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and wives are sitting around Lennon and Ono's apartment one Saturday night getting stoned on weed and watching SNL, when Lorne Michaels does one of his occasional routines offering The Beatles a ridiculously small amount of cash ($3,200) to reunite. They briefly consider heading down to the show as a lark to claim half of the money, but they're too stoned to deal with it.

January 16, 1980

McCartney famously busted in Japan at the start of a planned tour with Wings with approximately half-a-pound of marijuana in his suitcase. He spends ten days in prison in Japan before being released and deported. After his release, he promises to quit but also argues that it is less harmful than Valium or alcohol. He also later comments that he just couldn't leave the pot behind because "it was such good stuff."


Paul and Linda McCartney busted in Barbados for possession of marijuana. Several days later, Linda is busted again flying into Heathrow Airport in London with marijuana.


McCartney, now a Knight of the British Empire, tells Musician magazine, "I support decriminalization. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them criminal is wrong."

September 22, 1999

At an after-party for a celebration/performance for McCartney's new album, Run Devil Run, held at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, McCartney is observed smoking vast quantities of weed with Woody Harrelson and Laurence Fishburne. McCartney's publicist gives a photo of the red-eyed trio to High Times magazine and encourages them to publish it. High Times published the photo under the heading, "The Three Stoners."

June 22, 2000

McCartney delivers a keynote speech in England on "Drug Awareness Day" about "heightening parental awareness to drug misuse, and to outline Government activity in this area." Rank hypocrisy? In fairness to Sir Paul, the talk repeatedly uses the term "misuse" and singles out heroin and cocaine as "the drugs that cause the greatest harm."


In a prime example of the media's tendency to recycle old news as though it were fresh news, the British press goes wild with headlines like "Sir Paul Admits He Used Drugs!" The articles quote from an interview McCartney gives to "Uncut" magazine. He disclosed that he once smoked heroin, but didn't get high. He says that "Got to Get You Into My Life," off of the Revolver album was about pot and that the hit single, "Day Tripper" was about acid. He also admits the obvious, that "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was about LSD, something the song's main author, John Lennon, always denied. While he tells the magazine that he's grown out of using drugs, he also tells them he "was flattered when he was recently invited by a group of Los Angeles teenagers to share their marijuana." McCartney was quoted as saying, "To me, it's a huge compliment that a bunch of kids think I might be up to smoke a bit of dope with them."

Other McCartney Fun Facts

  • McCartney was always uptight that everyone considered Lennon, not to mention Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, a lot hipper than him. Thus, he was known to brag, particularly on the pages of Rolling Stone, about being first to try this and that. It was on the pages of Rolling Stone that he first let it be known that he was the first Beatle to try cocaine, and that he came close to cashing it in on unspecified drugs on a few occasions. "I've seen my soul get up and walk across the floor a couple of times." He also claimed in the mag that he gave Mick Jagger his first taste of marijuana. Sir Jagger vociferously denied the claim, saying that the Stones smoked weed long before The Beatles did (nyah nyah!).

  • Continuing on the Paul-is-hipper-than-you-think theme, McCartney was the Beatle who befriended ultra-hipster hero William S. Burroughs when he settled in London during the late 1960s. McCartney supplied Burroughs with tape equipment to experiment with his cutup method.

  • McCartney was also a lifelong friend with Beat/counterculture poet Allen Ginsberg. He performed, along with Philip Glass, on Allen Ginsberg's 1996 CD release, "Ballad of the Skeletons."

  • Paul and Linda McCartney were financial supporters of the 25th and 30th anniversary celebrations of "The Summer of Love." The celebration of psychedelic counterculture was organized by their long-time friend Chet Helms and took place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

  • In Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano and ex-Wings member Denny Laine, Laine claims that, in the mid-1970s Paul and Linda were heavily into the occult and Aleister Crowley. The 1975 album, Venus and Mars seems to have a bit of an occultist vibe.

    Drugs In Song

    However much McCartney may like his altered states, particularly those derived from cannabis consumption, direct drug references are rare and allusions are subject to debate and interpretation. Nevertheless, aside from the songs mentioned earlier, "Got To Get You Into My Life" and "Day Tripper," I present a few McCartney lyrics that reference drugs, or seem like they probably reference drugs.

    I'm Looking Through You
    1965, Rubber Soul
    Ripped on weed, McCartney sees deeply into his then girlfriend, model Jane Asher, and decides she's a phony. This story has been told by McCartney himself.

    Yellow Submarine
    1966, Revolver
    On the surface, a child's rhyme; but the song was taken as a winking assertion of hippie, psychedelic, drop out escape from the dreary mainstream culture into the upcoming party utopia. It was even adapted by some new left activists as a theme song for those seeking an alternative culture.

    With A Little Help From My Friends
    1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    He gets high with a little help from his friends. What does he see when he turns out the lights?

    Fixing A Hole
    1967, Sgt. Peppers
    Taken by some to be a heroin song (fixing being a term used for shooting up], but also works as a contemplative pothead song or, for that matter, a plain old contemplative person's song. Another song lyric with a drop out vibe.

    Lovely Rita
    1967, Sgt. Peppers
    "When are you free to take some tea with me?" George Harrison has commented that The Beatles frequently used tea as a pseudonym for pot. On the other hand, they were Limeys, so maybe tea is just tea.

    A Day In The Life
    1967, Sgt Peppers
    "Found my way upstairs and had a smoke and somebody spoke and I went into a dream." Probably not a ciggie, but you never know.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    1968, Magical Mystery Tour
    "Roll up!" "A mystery trip." And the whole album/movie concept was taken from Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters.

    Penny Lane
    1968, Magical Mystery Tour
    "The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray." Hey, wouldn't a florist be selling poppies from a tray? In England, heroin was medicalized and made available to addicts, who were given injections by nurses. Also, "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes." George Harrison grew up in a suburb near this street, Penny Lane. I recall a story about how George went back there on acid to grok it in all its weirdness. This may have inspired Paul's song.

    Get Back
    1970, Let It Be
    "Jo Jo left her home in Tuscon Arizona for some California grass." Is the grass just grass? What, she couldn't find any grass in Tucson?

    Three Legs
    1971, Ram
    "When I fly above the clouds, when I fly above the crowds, you could knock me down with a feather."

    Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
    1971, Ram
    "Hands across the water. Heads across the sky." Ahh, peace and drugs in the early seventies. References to heads in the late sixties and early seventies were pretty much understood to mean psychedelic drug heads.

    C Moon
    1973, Red Rose Speedway
    "I'd never get to heaven if I filled my head with glue. What's it all to you?" A rejection of a bad high, and yet, ain't nobody's business but his own.

    Hi Hi Hi
    1973, Red Rose Speedway
    This one is blatant and should have been titled High High High. He's "gonna get high high high." Mediocre song, though.

    Band On The Run
    1973, Band on the Run
    Not about drugs, but about being busted for drugs and Macca's concerns about being "stuck inside these four walls, sent away for ever.'

    Rock Show
    1975, Venus and Mars
    "The tension mounts you score an ounce ole!"

    Medicine Jar
    1975, Venus and Mars
    McCartney's first anti-hard drug song for Wings. Wings guitarist, Jimmy McCulloch, had an ongoing problem with heavy drugs, and eventually died from a heroin overdose. It's generally thought that McCartney wrote these lyrics trying to challenge and discourage his behavior. "Dead on your feet, you won't get far if you keep on putting your hand in the medicine jar."

    Wino Junko
    1976, At The Speed Of Sound
    Apparently, McCartney continued to preach it to brother McCulloch. "Pill freak spring a leak you can't say no."

    The Song We Were Singing
    1997, Flaming Pie
    Apparently a bit of misty nostalgia for old-fashioned psychedelic philosophizing and The Beatles heyday, which also seems to permeate the entire album. "For a while, we could sit, smoke a pipe. And discuss all the vast intricacies of life... Take a sip, see the world through a glass and speculate about the cosmic solution."

    Flaming Pie
    1997, Flaming Pie
    "I took my brains out and stretched 'em on a rack. Now I'm not so sure I'm ever gonna get 'em back... Go ahead, have a vision."

    Final Thoughts from Sir Paul

    So there you have it. The world's most complete roundup of Paul McCartney's relationship with drugs over the years. Does it matter? What does it mean? Let's give Sir Paul the last word, from his as-told-to 1997 biography Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, co-written with Barry Miles (Miles has also written bios of Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Charles Bukowski):
    In today's climate, I hate to talk about drugs because it's not the same. You have someone jumping on your head the minute you say anything, so I've taken to not trying to give my point of view unless someone really very much asks for it. Because I think the "just say no" mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in a women's magazine the other day: "He smokes cannabis, what am I to do. He laughs it off when I try to tell him, he says it's not really harmful..." Of course, you're half hoping the advice will be, "well, you know it's not that harmful; if you love him, if you talk to him about it, tell him maybe he should keep it in the garden shed or something," you know, a reasonable point of view. But of course it was, "No no, all drugs are bad. All drugs are bad. Librium's good, Valium's good, ciggies are good, vodka's good. But cannabis, oooh." I hate that unreasoned attitude. I really can't believe it's thirty years since the sixties. I find it staggering. It's like the future, the sixties, the sixties to me, it hasn't happened. I feel like the sixties are about to arrive. And we're in some sort of time warp and it's still going to happen.

    See also:
    Willie Nelson's Narcotic Shrooms
    Prescription Ecstasy and Other Pipe Dreams
    Hallucinogenic Weapons: The Other Chemical Warfare
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  • 144 Responses to “Paul McCartney On Drugs”

    1. Tony Says:

      Paul McCartney on drugs? I’m shocked!


      Nice blog.

    2. Jaye Says:

      Im constantly surprised at the fact that there are people who lived through these times and DIDN’T DO THE DRUGS. I mean while my own parents were quick to mention that drugs can be the wrong choice, they eventually admitted that they did them at some point. My own father used to mention stories about the early 80’s and going to coke parties. “Oh its snowing over here!” his friends would call up in the middle of July. He was pretty much antidrugs for a number of years up to his death due to HIV, but he wasn’t going to say he didn’t go down the road himself at some point. How could people not do even some experimentation back in the day? Thats what surprises me!

    3. Danny Lipp Says:

      Interesting piece but there are a couple of things to clarify. It was Peter Blake, not Robert Fraser, that designed the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover. The nurse selling poppies from a tray is almost certainly a reference to the remembrance day poppies sold each year, the proceeds from which goes to The British Legion who support ex-servicemen and their families.

      Where does the information about Lennon and McCartney hanging out together post-Beatles come from? I’d like to hear more.

    4. Paul McCartney Says:

      legalize it

    5. Enid Says:

      Get Back
      1970, Let It Be
      “Jo Jo left her home in Tuscon Arizona for some California grass.” Is the grass just grass? What, she couldn’t find any grass in Tucson?

      I guess you’ve never been to Tucson. It’s not a great place for grass of any kind.

    6. KevMannDude Says:

      I don’t know if I’ve ever listened to any bands that havent done drugs. How would I know? I think Sir Paul is one of the coolest humans ever to exist. I would love to sit down and smoke a big joint with him and wax rhetoric about life. He would have the best stories. And I got a couple good ones myself. He never got addicted to crack or heroin or any of the “bad” stuff, rather he is an all natural.

    7. Tony Bove Says:

      Maybe I’m Amazed at how Paul can smoke in the Back Seat of his Car with his Long Haired Lady all he wants while Willie Nelson keeps getting busted. Or Maybe I’m Amazed that this is news, how he Used to Be Bad. Maybe Mother Nature’s Son just keeps the stuff around like a Souvenir of Yesterday. But the Fool on the Hill is almost as much a hero as Walrus John, ready to rip it up and Do It In the Road as much as any rock star of the period. They’re all heroes because they did it first; here, there, and everywhere. They stuck their necks out and in some cases had them chopped off.

      For example — too bad you can’t put up the video clip from the Beatles Anthology video (from which the still image is taken). What it means to be a worldwide celebrity, and who ultimately is responsible for what happens with celebrity press coverage, was encapsulated in this McCartney interview from 1967 to the press after announcing that he had, indeed, taken LSD. So he put on his Brave Face:

      Paul: “I don’t think my fans are going to take drugs just because I did, you know. But the thing is — that’s not the point anyway! I was asked whether I had or not. And from then on, the whole bit about how far it’s gonna go and how many people it’s going to encourage is up to the newspapers, and up to you on television. I mean, you’re spreading this now, at this moment. This is going into all the homes, in Britain. And I’d rather it didn’t. But you’re asking me the question — You want me to be honest — I’ll be honest.”

      Q: “But as a public figure, surely you’ve got the responsibility to…”

      Paul: “…No, it’s you who’ve got the responsibility…”

      How true. The press stages the ambush and then covers it from every angle. They don’t give him his money, they only gives him the funny papers. Too Many People jump on the bandwagon, including his newly ex’d wife. Ram on…

      I always liked Paul’s musicianship, despite all that Ballroom Dancing. The man could sing and play a complicated bass part at the same time — just listen to “I Saw Her Standing There” with the volume turned all the way up, and imagine doing the entire number in one perfect take. For that alone, Her Majesty knighted him; at least that’s why I would call him Sir Paul.

      It’s great that he’s still involved with the Summer of Love celebrations. Let’s hope he comes to S.F. for the upcoming 40th! I’ve got something I’d like to “turn him on” to. And maybe then his “soul will get up and walk across the floor.”

      That Would Be Something.

      [Check out my Favorite Fab Four Facts:

    8. O-Skoo Says:

      Lots of bad info (for example, McCartney and Lennon were NOT on speaking terms in the early 70s, and in fact were busy tearing each other new ones in song– see Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?” and McCartney’s “Too Many People”). Also, if you’re going to talk about drug references in songs, how the heck can you skip the White Album?? Half of that record is about drugs– “Obla-di Obla-da” is probably the most blatant drug-reference song in the entire Beatles catalog. It’s literally named after a drug, and ends with an exhortation to try it! One more nitpicky thing: “Penny Lane” was a single that came out in early 1967, long before it popped up on the Magical Mystery Tour record (which was released in late 1967, NOT 1968). It’s therefore misplaced in your timeline.

      All in all, though, I think it was a pretty good article. I enjoyed reading it, and it’s cool to see McCartney’s less-publicized side get some attention. I agree with KevMannDude that Paul “is one of the coolest humans ever to exist.” I grew up with his music, and he’s always been one of my heroes. Thanks for the article!

    9. iceburgers Says:

      Fun piece! You totally missed “Let me roll it” (Band on the Run), but I forgive you.

    10. Joe Wagg Says:

      On “Penny Lane” – all four Beatles come from round that street, it’s a high street down the south end of Liverpool where they all come from. And “selling poppies from a tray” refers to selling the red poppies which commemorate war victims. They’re sold all over Britain each November to remember Armistice Day.

    11. Mr. Green Says:

      Where is this aforementioned “Three Stoners” photo from High Times? Couldn’t find it anywhere…

    12. RU Sirius Says:

      Also, I don’t see Let Me Roll It as having any drug references in it at all. Same with Ob-La-Di, although it has a nice tranny theme. Trannies and whores in McCartney songs could make up another list…


    13. RU Sirius Says:

      yeah you guys must be righ about the poppies. still, “every head he’s had the pleasure to know.”???

    14. Neal Says:

      The last part of “Norwegian Wood” goes something like this:

      And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown
      So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, norwegian wood.

      It is generally understood that “lit a fire” means “smoked pot”. But it may also mean he burned the place down out of sexual frustration.

    15. Tim Says:

      The Dark Side of Paul McCartney – hilarious reenactments of Mills vs. Macca!

    16. Maureen Says:

      According to wikipedia, that line in Day in the Life that you quote, “Found my way upstairs and had a smoke and somebody spoke and I went into a dream,” is not a drug reference.

      From the link

      It was another song altogether, but it happened to fit. It was just me remembering what it was like to run up the road to catch a bus to school (Liverpool Institute for Boys with George Harrison), having a smoke and going into class… it was a reflection of my school-days. I would have a Woodbine (a cheap unfiltered British cigarette) and somebody would speak and I would go into a dream.

      Maybe I’m being naive, but I would like to think that it isn’t a drug reference.

    17. RU Sirius Says:

      Lots of bad info (for example, McCartney and Lennon were NOT on speaking terms in the early 70s, and in fact were busy tearing each other new ones in song… see Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?” and McCartney’s “Too Many People”).

      They were suing each other, or McCartney was suing everybody else, and they slagged each other a bit but Lennon and McCartney still hung out occasionally, and on those occasions that I mentioned…

    18. Thomas Says:

      “The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray.” Hey, wouldn’t a florist be selling poppies from a tray?

      Excellent post, but I have to dispute this bit. Just a little. While on a typical day, a florist would sell all manner of flower, it would not be unusual for a nurse to be selling little paper poppies on behalf of the Poppy Appeal, a charity for the British Legion. The first Poppy Day was held on November 11, 1921.

    19. Eve Says:

      Whew! I thought I knew everything about The Beatles, especially Paul, my favorite. But I suppose you could take just about any song and make a hidden reference to drugs. For instance, “Mary had a little lamb, “(lamb could mean wool purse), “its fleece was white as snow” (snow of course is herion inside the purse). ” And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go” (she didn’t leave home without her bag of dope). “It followed her to school one day which was against the rules” (illegal everywhere, especially schools) “but it made the children laugh and play” (obviously they all got high) “to see a lamb at school”. Very interesting.
      I , personally have never taken a drug, other than prescription, but believe pot should be legal. I worked in the medical field for twenty years and there is nothing like it to releave severe and unrelenting pain in a sick or dying patient.

      Love you, Paul.

      Your eternal friend, Eve.

    20. jeff Says:

      I am with Paul on legalization of marijuanna. That day is coming. Hopefully in my lifetime. I am a patriotic, taxpaying, vote casting, American citizen. If you didnt know me, or if I didnt tell you, you might never have guessed that I indulge . There are many many people just like me. It is a shame that we are made to feel like criminals .

    21. Jeff Diehl Says:

      Danny Lip, it says in the omniscient Wikipedia that it was in fact Fraser who *art directed* the album cover. Now whether that’s different than “designing” the image, who knows…

    22. Michael Simmons Says:

      RU — Excellent overview of Paulie and dope, a classic Sirius work. You’ve made me think more HIGHLY of Paul than I have for years. His comments about the Sixties having been THE FUTURE are spot on.

      Don’t bogart this blog…

    23. Marsha Says:

      Geez…nothing new here. I was 13 when the White album came out; everyone knew that “Warm Gun” was about heroin. If he’s still using the afore mentioned herbs, fungi or whatever, he won’t be able to hide it much longer. It will affect his health-vegan or not. I will not put him on a pedestal, even when he did contibute to the history of R & R in such a stellar manner. I too adored the Beatles, but it’s time the old fart grew up; he’s just another guy with an addiction.

    24. Preston Says:

      Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t “Come Together” the song that encouraged Bob Dylan to offer the Beatles marijuana, because he thought that was what the song was about?

    25. nikolai Says:

      Blimey, I’ve picked a ratha big boogie outa me nose, mate… Aye’v got the muchies so I’ll eat the blighter…

    26. Tom McClees Says:

      Obla-dee Obla-dah

    27. Diana Says:

      …I love Beatles together and as solo artists after the breakup..probably have most of what they’ve produced….but I have to point out that the lyrics are a bit like scripture, in that anybody can take any references in the songs that they want and find a way to see it from a drug vantage, a spiritual enlightenment vantage, or whatever other viewpoint or interpretation that they may wish to see….but in the long run, sometimes a rose is just a rose…take this line from Penny Lane; “In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs of every head hes had the pleasure to have known…”….For heavens sake!…. a drug reference?….sheeeeeeesh!… I knew a Barbershop many years ago that had a wall full of pictures….half of them were little boys getting their first haircuts… Most definitely a Rose!

    28. Danny Lipp Says:

      First line of Peter Blake’s Wikipedia entry:

      “Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born June 25, 1932) is an English pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

      Fraser may have been involved but Blake absolutely, 100% designed the thing.

      Norwegian wood was, I believe, a furniture style that was very popular in the period that the song was written so lighting the fire may be a literal act of revenge on a woman who failed to sleep with the narrator.

      I think part of the problem with reading so many meanings into songs, particular those from before many of us were born and from foreign countries is that readings can be taken that aren’t entirely meant. Obviously that is part of the fun and part of what makes the material so rich, but it can be problematic when taken at face value.

    29. Paul Ramon Says:

      Fun – informative, if not 100% accurate.
      My two cents would be to note that the two “anti-drug songs” (“Medicine Jar” and “Pill Freak”) were not written by Macca, but by Jimmy McCulloch himself.

    30. Paul Ramon Says:

      Sorry, I meant “Wino Junko” where I typed “Pill Freak,” but I think you’ll get the idea . . .

    31. T Rink Says:

      “every head he’s had the pleasure to know” surely refers to the photographs of haircut styles available. Every barber in those days had them posted on the wall.

      Rock on Paul

    32. labbs Says:

      I think you meant Aldous Huxley, not Francis Huxley…

    33. sten Says:

      wouldn’t it be interesting to see the graph of drug use against law suites?

      Paul Mc is the consumate profesional, i watched him glad hand a long stream of admirers in a dingy brixtom tecno club one night in the 90s, as Linda nagged to be taken home. He made the effort to make every one of them feel like they were the only person in the room and that they were the only person ever to have complemented him on his work. if it wasnt for the soppy-vege-nazi bit, and legendary tightness i’d say he was a true gent.

    34. James Says:

      George Martin in one of his books denies indignantly that the tea in “Lovely Rita” was anything but tea. He might not know the truth, however.

    35. Shelley Says:

      Drugs or no drugs, whatever is behind Paul’s music has always lifted my spirits, which is all I feel he ever intended to do. That’s what “Hey Jude” is all about, “Here Comes The Sun”. . . the list is endless.

      He is the consumate entertainer and loves what he does. After waiting 30 years I had the pleasure to see him play in Orlando on 5/9/93 and again in Tampa on 9/17/05. His voice and talent on guitar and piano was perfect playing non-stop for 2 1/2 hours (including encores). Even when the band took a break he sang solo. Not only was he the cute Beatle, but the funny and witty one too! That’s what I love about him -
      A Paul fan always.

    36. Dave Says:

      “For a while, we could sit, smoke a pipe. And discuss all the vast intricacies of life… Take a sip, see the world through a glass and speculate about the cosmic solution.”

      Ugh. I can’t wait for these smug bastards to die off. No, you’re not solving the world’s problems, you’re taking drugs. Your “cosmic solution” is getting everyone high and building the world’s biggest bag of Cheetos. Brilliant. My wife’s idiot hippie mother-in-law says that we just have to get everyone to agree not to fight, then we’ll have world peace. Fabulous! Here’s your Nobel Peace Prize! Funny how after all that consciousness expansion, they’re the least self-aware people on the planet.

      With any luck, the sixties never /will/ happen again. Sorry, Paul.

    37. Lee Stowell Says:

      Paul taking drugs, no shit!

    38. Jonathan King Says:

      Why go out of your way to characterize that perfectly good rocker “Hi Hi Hi” as mediocre while letting the execrable “Admiral Halsey” slip by un-slammed? You stoned, or what?

    39. MaryLynn_ Says:

      This is one of the dumbest articles I have ever read ! Mr. or Ms. RU Sirius, I bet you would give anything to trade places with Paul. I know so many ‘holier-than-thou’ people who like to find ‘dirt’ on others so they can feel better about themselves. Let’s look in your closet! Paul is the most successful, talented singer/songwriter/performer to date. Not to mention I have never seen a more gorgeous rock star!!! I agree with Paul when he says, “Legalize it”. As for your article, although entertaining, I say, “So what?” By the
      way, if Paul happens to see this comment, I say, “I will gladly sign any pre-nup you like!” XOXOX

    40. Pat Riley Says:

      Dave, with “speculate about the cosmic solution,” McCartney is nostalgic for those more innocent and/or naive days, he wasn’t talking about life in 1997.

      RU, Nice job on the timeline. Some adds: “Wanderlust” from Tug of War (1982) is about Wings narrowly avoiding a drug bust in the Caribbean by sailing off in the Wanderlust, a yacht they were living on while recording the London Town album (1978). Some choice lyrics:

      Light Out Wanderlust
      Head Us Out To Sea
      Captain Says There’ll Be A Bust
      This One’s Not For Me
      Take Us From The Dark
      Out Where We Can See
      Captain’s Out To Make His Mark
      This One’s Not For Me

      Also, in 2001, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was quoted in Gear magazine as saying of McCartney: “He smokes too much pot. It’s none of my business and he can do what he wants, but that’s just my opinion.”

      And soon thereafter Heather Mills insisted that McCartney give up the pot and he did. I think they’ve both been quoted on that topic. Now that they’re splitsville, the question is, is he toking up again? His last album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005) was probably the most sober work of his career. It’ll be interesting to see if he changes course. I say it’s high time for a Wings revival (some of his least sober work – and critics charged the pot had him releasing half-baked songs – but also some of his best music).

    41. jon Says:

      nice try,but you were wrong about about”Get Back”-Jo-Jo was Lindas ex who left Tucson for California following her divorce.

    42. infojunkie Says:

      A song was left out – a day in the life. “I’d love to turn you on” – leading into the crescendo of instruments. This refers to the “turn on, tune in, drop out” mantra of Timothy Leary. To “turn on” was to try LSD. In the Anthology documentary with the Beatles they refer to this and how they were uncertain whether they could actually state this – say it so directly.

      Another claim I’ve seen online – less able to substantiate as it came from a christian site – was that “straweberry fields forever” refers to heroin. John apparently experimented with heroin at the time, and strawberry fields was (the website claimed) a term used to describe the needle-pricks on the arms of a heroin junkie. As Lennon went on to write “Cold Turkey” it seems safe to say he was involved in heroin.

    43. alton lander Says:

      look they did smoke and toke the reference in songs can have double meaning so what, since there 1st song to the last is id love to turn you on so get over it its there lives and if it wasnt for them i would never had tripped and found the spirit that all the beatles have shared woth the world power to the people

    44. everquestioningconspiracy Says:

      Wait a minute..I thought Paul is dead?!…..

    45. Joe Momma Says:

      Heather Mills huffs gasoline and drinks Nighttrain wine.

    46. Hector Says:

      Great post. Very informative and well written.

    47. MOONKICKER Says:

      LEGALIZE IT!!!!!

    48. Gemini Says:

      Nice article but your information is faulty and flawed. For example, the genesis of Yellow Submarine came from Ringo and was about escaping life but still living in a fishbowl. Band on the Run was inspired by the events surrounding it’s recording in Africa. Paul and Linda had the only working copy of the tapes on them when they were robbed at knife point in Africa. Paul surrendered his wallet, watch and they took Linda’s purse with the tapes. The entire album had to be redone. I lived in Los Angeles during John’s so-called “Lost Weekend.” I knew him and hung out with him and Harry. Ms. Pang may have been in L.A. with John but she was never at Harry’s. Harry was much more into shroom and acid while John, for lack of a better description, was a drunk and could be a really nasty, mean drunk. Paul and Linda did pot but were both usually passed up anything stronger. Paul likes to be in control and drugs take control away. Paul and Linda visited when they were in town but never stayed too long and the relationship was clearly strained. The truth is it wasn’t really until John and Yoko cleaned up and Sean was born that Paul and he started really talking again. Paul is still feuding with Yoko and probably always will. He called her John’s tart when they stayed with him before John was divorced. John wasn’t amused, Yoko was insulted and although Paul said he was joking, privately he will admit things between them were never the same.

    49. Jon Says:

      Shelley: Here Comes the Sun is a George Harrison song.

      Marsha: Happiness is a Warm Gun was written by John Lennon and you don’t get addicted to cannabis or fungi.

    50. Danny Lipp Says:

      ‘Strawberry Field’ is an ex-Salvation Army home in Liverpool where John used to go as a kid. It’s about two minutes from his house. The additional ‘s’ added to the song’s title is Lennon mis-remembering the name.

    51. Icy Glass Shadow Says:

      Interesting article, however, ‘Hi Hi Hi’ was released as a single and was not included on ‘Red Rose Speedway’. Also, if you dig deep and pay attention, Paul’s ‘hipness quotient’ has never really been an issue or in doubt. Read a copy of Tony Bramwell’s book ‘Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles’ (2005) in which he describes John as more of the ‘poser’, often misquoting misunderstood religious and philosophical points and themes. The book is very well informed and is highly recommended. Paul, with a ready wit, is painted as more pragmatic and sensible, often keeping his mouth shut until actually having something to say.

    52. RU Sirius Says:

      Cool to hear from a Lennon buddy. The story about McCartney stopping by to see Nilson and Lennon is from McCartney’s own bio, as told to Barry. Miles, Many Years From Now. (I recommend this for those interested in Beatle Paul). The May Pang story was from earlier and involved them dropping in on David Bowie. The song lyrics were self-admittedly subject to interpretation…



    53. Mr.A Says:

      Oh Paul..

      “I support decriminalization. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them criminal is wrong.”

      People are also ‘stealing cars anyway’ – not to mention killing other people.. Celebrities should perhaps leave the vagaries of criminal legislation to those who actually have the first idea of what they’re talking about, no?

      I tell you what, if you carry on writing songs of timeless genius i’ll let you off!

    54. JujuQuisp Says:

      I have a bootleg recording from 1974 of John and Paul recording in Los Angeles with Nilsson and Stevie Wonder. It sounds like utter shite but is still fascinating. It is called “A Toot and A Snort in 74″. You might still be able to find copies at some bootleg dealers.

    55. Mike Crowley Says:

      ‘Penny Lane… “The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray.” Hey, wouldn’t a florist be selling poppies from a tray?’

      From a tray?!? No, the reference is to the red paper poppies which are sold in the street (from trays, and often by nurses) every November and which are worn on Armistice Day (Nov. 11). The proceeds go to service-mens’ charities and the tradition began after World War I. Why poppies? Because these are the flowers which grow, in their millions, on soldiers graves in Belgium and northern France.

      “In England, heroin was medicalized and made available to addicts, who were given injections by nurses.”

      Until 1970, when Britain (not just England) adopted the US system of methadone treatment, heroin was supplied to addicts on a daily basis. They were also provided with syringes and needles to inject themselves. Afaik, they were never given injections by nurses.

      Apart from that, a very interesting account.

    56. Marisol Huijon Says:

      Just one note of correction. I have read alot about the Beatles and their girlfriends/wives since 1964 and never have I read that Jane Asher was a model. She was and may still be a “serious actress”. Good article but too much specualtion.

    57. celebdrive Says:

      gemini posts some fascinating stuff – paul often tried to drop in like an old pal on john in l.a. and later in n.y. – the “feud” ended for all intents and purposes after ringo’s solo lp in ’73 – where all 4 beatles contributed but not together. lennon was unapproachable in l.a. ’74 and i’m surprised to hear he played with macca but everyone was so whacked out – alice cooper and mickey dolenz too- i knew about some things via klaus voormann – then in ’75 sean’s arrival changes everything bye bye johnnie rhythm.

      to gemini – if you knew harry – let me say he was decades ahead of his time in that he pre empted the mash-up collage concept that is “love” when he recorded “you can’t do that” in a similar fashion, reworking over a dozen beatles numbers into a new song altogether. i havent seen one word written about this anywhere. so i’m acknowleding harry here and now. poor crazy brilliant tortured bastard that he was.

    58. Lyn Says:

      Well- written, but this was full of errors.

      The McCartneys never threw a party for the original cast of SNL or any cast of SNL. Check in Live From New York if you don’t believe me – there are several mentions of Paul but never any mention of such a party.

      Paul never toured in 1999 or anytime else in support of Run Devil Run.

      High Times never ran such a photo as you describe.

      Your biggest mistake is this: McCartney delivers a keynote speech in England on “Drug Awareness Day” about “heightening parental awareness to drug misuse, and to outline Government activity in this area.” Rank hypocrisy? In fairness to Sir Paul, the talk repeatedly uses the term “misuse” and singles out heroin and cocaine as “the drugs that cause the greatest harm.”

      Um….dude. That was a speech by MP Ian McCartney, no relation.

    59. K Says:

      “”I support decriminalization. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them criminal is wrong.”

      People are also ‘stealing cars anyway’ – not to mention killing other people.. Celebrities should perhaps leave the vagaries of criminal legislation to those who actually have the first idea of what they’re talking about, no?”

      Smoking pot is a victimless crime so long as you’re responsible with it. The crimes you compared this to are quite different.

    60. Alam Says:

      Wow! Incredibly funny and informative, a great post. Thanks RU Sirius

    61. Robin Says:

      I have to say I agree with Paul when he refers to the hypocrisy involving people who condemn marijuana as they’re smoking their cigarettes and drinking their alcohol by the gallon and then taking Vicodin the next day to ease the pain. But that’s okay because they’re legal drugs. Legalize it.

    62. Karl Ian Bauer Says:

      In an interview, I think it was in Playboy about a year before his death, Lennon said that Paul was at his place in New York and they were watching SNL when the offer for the Beatles to reunite for $3000 was made, Paul wanted the two of them to go down to the studio, and John said no.

    63. Not a Beatles fan but I do listen! Says:

      “Strawberry Fields” is actually a childrens home where John Lennon used to go and hang out as a kid. Its not a reference to heroin.

      “Penny Lane” is actually a road (Ive been there, had my photo taken next to the roadsign!).

      The heads reference is a “nod” to a hairdresser friend not far from Penny Lane, apparently he had a picture of the Beatles and their “new” haircuts in his window (although he never actually did their hair) which attracted all the youngsters\wannabe popstars there to get there hair cut. Hence “heads he used to know”.

      As the “lads” used to meet not far from here (literally 10 yards) you could sit by the hairdresser shop (still there) with a copy of the Penny Lane lyrics and simply look around you as you read them – you will notice the song references all around you. No drugs in sight anywhere.

      Now I’m not a Beatles fan but have recently been on the Beatles tour around Liverpool where they offer an explanation of a lot of stuff thats being discussed here as well as visiting the various places. You should go even for a “non” fan like me it was interesting :)

    64. Jonny Says:

      Your ‘wife’s idiot hippie mother-in-law’?

      Would that be your mother? Who’s the idiot?

    65. Jeb Says:

      You are forgiven Preston-but Jesus Christ, boy, Dylan turned the Beatles on to pot much earlier than Abbey Road. Hell, the band was still on the road-Dylan visited them in a hotel room.

    66. James Says:

      You are a stupid culostomy bag for thinking that the line

      “The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray.” Hey, wouldn’t a florist be selling poppies from a tray? In England, heroin was medicalized and made available to addicts, who were given injections by nurses.”

      This is utter balls, perhaps if you weren’t such an insular redkneck torglodyte then you would know that in merrie olde englande paper poppies are sold to commemorate those who died in the first world war, while you yank wanks sit back and revelled in your policy of laissez faire and all that gobshyte millions of innocents died for the preservation of free government in Europe. That is why the pretty nurse was selling POppies you clunt, especially so as Sir Paul wrote teh song before he was even famous, waiting to meet John Lennon on Penny Lane

    67. Coolio Says:

      McCartney was always such a wimp. I never realized how much he lied/exaggerated to make himself seem more “hip” than he really was.

    68. fron HEL Says:

      Though the lyrics to Norwegian Wood must’ve been Lennon’s, i’ve heard that N.W stands simply for Norwegian Pot!

    69. Geno Says:

      I always felt that what people do to themselves is their business as long as none else is hurt in the process. The illegalization of pot cost America billions of dollars that should be going to education.
      Grow your own!

    70. Chandira Says:

      Awesome reading, thanks. Posted a link to this one.

      By the way, tea is tea to us Limeys, and more important than oxygen almost. I get through 4 or 5 cups a day. :-)
      And the nurses DO sell poppies on Remembrance Sunday, as do lots of service people, in honour of WW1 and 2 vets. I used to buy red paper poppies off a tray from people when I was a kid.

      Thanks for passing my afternoon at work in pleasant education.

    71. Chuck Maiden Says:

      Being a great admirer and fan of Paul’s, I’m not disappointed at all by his use of pot. I used it myself for years. (I’m also a songwriter and musician…it can greatly enhance the creative process). However, I, personally got into trouble with pot because I became obsessed with it and used it to self-medicate depression. Let me tell you, I went on a trip all right: towards suicide. I eventually went “clean” and it’s been 13 years.”13″, heh heh. That’s weird. Anyway, I’m extremely happy without ganga, although I understand that there are those who can use it without detrimental effect. Good for them! I hope everyone can keep in mind, though, that pot is not completely harmless. For many of us, it can become a hell on earth.

    72. Pete Moore Says:

      Re. A Day In The Life.

      The line “Found my way upstairs and had a smoke and somebody spoke and I went into a dream.”

      Probably nothing to do with drugs.

      On the old London double-decker buses, when smoking was still allowed on public transport, it used to be that downstairs was non-smoking and smokers (of ordinary cigarettes) had to sit upstairs.

    73. Dingus Says:

      some dumb messages have been left here.

      marijuana should obviously be legal.

      and to the person who compared marijuana smoking with stealing cars and MURDERING people. what is wrong with you?

    74. joe Says:

      its all a buch of sh*t.

      I think they were all of them on

    75. joe Says:

      its all a buch of sh*t.

      I think they were all of them on L from the Hamburg days.

      Everything said about the and it is disinformation.

    76. joe Says:

      John Lennon was shot to death by a delusional paranoid whose insanity he himself helped create. Did he deserve it? Maybe.

      Harrison was stabbed in his own home by a similar victim.

      McCartney talking about LSD as a universal cure-all Dylan said it was ‘medicine’. Them and the DJ’s just selling it all day long year after year pretending … (and now denying but not denying)

      but it was all a bait and switch game.

      Sometimes, I can’t stand any of them and their fearful music and their abusive language.

      That’s when I just hate them. occasionally I can listen to a song or two for a very short while.

      Rock and roll just wants to piss on our heads.

      There isn’t much difference between Rock and the abusive militarist, the abusive school administrator, the power-mad politician, the abusive fake religious leader, my abusive parents, etc.

      Rock vs the establishment and the pigs? sheesh, rock is the establishment and the pigs, just on drugs thats all.

    77. chris Says:

      You guys are obsessed with the beatles and u are all pathetic

    78. don Says:

      i grew up with the beatles, on minute johnny cash was the number one and suddenly the beatles had taken over and i loved every minute of it. I bought all the 45s, all the lps, all the casetts, all the 8tracks, all cds, and now dvds,
      when i never realized all the songs that were glorifing dope, and now i see all the kids that lifes are wrecked from dope and feel sad.
      We will all have to answer someday for what we have done, the kids that started dope and were ruined, and the people that told them it was fine, it will make you feel good, got to get you into my life…etc…
      iam sorry i supported the group and allowed them to push how great dope is to the masses.

    79. zootyzootzoot Says:

      Did you know if you play part of Band on the Run Backwards (jailer man and sailor sam were searching every one) it sounds like “marijuana will get you banished”. .. and spookily enough he did get banished from Japan several years later.

    80. Beth Says:

      Paul has lived and grown, just as we all have. He’s human. I LOVE Paul McCartney and I will not listen to anyone trash him. Don’t you think he’s going through enough right now? How about that golddigger?

    81. Heather Says:

      I have always loved Paul McCartney and nothing can change that. I think to point fingers at him is childish. When you lose your mother at 15, become a rockstar at 21 and you don’t have a mother to nurture you. You’ll fill that void with girls, friends that don’t really want to be around you unless your doing what they’re doingor in Paul’s case, DRUGS. Give him a break and let him do what he needs to do in private to function in this world. If everyone thought of me the way that this writer has than I believeI would have to do something to take the edge off too.
      God Bless You Paul
      I still love you!

    82. Delle Says:

      who cares about Paul is on drugs we love him anyway

    83. DONNA Says:





    84. eddie vedder Says:

      the main point is that , paul mcartney i s a drug user, and i agree that hes wrong admitting for his using drugs, maybe he like to share what he experienced, and using music or poem, or hidden words in a lyrics, as his outlet or medium. lets just listen to his music and not to look for its 2nd meaning, lets just believe that the puppy was selling in a tray is an ordinary puppy.
      taking marijuana is a bad habbit,
      a 34 year got road killed because he take marijuana, he trip like hes a super hero. and i believe you’ll lose your head on marijuana or on other drugs…listen to elmos got stoned… lets save our own lives, don’t try drugs. whats wrong if were not hip on pot, lets just live a normal life, with our normal happy family. can i ask for guns and roses songs heheheheh…. whats in their songs,,, MR. BROWNSTONE.

    85. Dave Hatton Says:

      I read how Heather Mills complained that Paul never wanted to go out at night and just wanted to sit around getting stoned and noodling on his guitar.
      This struck me as a sensible thing to do especially for someone with Paul’s talent. Poor old Paul. What a ride he’s had. If anyone deserves to chill he does.
      I daresay these days he needs it less to fuel a drug crazed addiction but to cope with arthritis pain etc. Anyone as bouncy as Paul was and is would be bound to be a sufferer by now.
      It was great to read Gemini’s post re the Harry Nilsson days. Stories about Nilsson are like golddust.

    86. Cynthia P. Says:

      Wow, an amazing array of posts. I too regard the Beatles’ lyrics as sheer scripture, and as far as I’m concerned, as long as the most prolific of them still lives and composes, the gospels rock on. I don’t subscribe to the idea that so many of the images that surfaced in the music were necessarily drug induced. Remember when John was going on about the hallucinagenic experiences he had as a child in L’pool? Now imagine these three giant talents meeting up in the pre-prime of their lives, with Ringo rounding out the alchemy. My God, that’s already a prescription for fantasia! As for Paul’s present days: I’m so sorry he had to realize his image of turning 64 under such sorry circumstances. As for his pot use, if he can smoke and continue to maintain his gorgeous pipes, well – glory be. Hey Paulie, where d’ya get yer stuff? Cheers from a smoke-free singer.

    87. gurtrude Says:

      the beatles suck!! they were all crackk heads, they were never good.

    88. jhonny Says:

      umm yeh gurtrude the beatles are awesome!!
      i listen to them all the time.
      there amazinggg.
      soo suck on that.

    89. Don Fair Says:

      ‘the poppies from a tray’ reference could also be about the poppies that were sold for vetrans. Just a thought, not being an american practice you may not have thought of it.

    90. Eric Says:

      I knew the McCartneys were into Astrology, but this is the first I’ve heard of them being into Alistar Crowley. I’ve read that Jimmy Page is heavily into the occult. I remember an interview and they asked Paul if he was a believer of God and he said he was, not religious but spiritual. The drug use mentioned in this Blog is old news.

    91. ChrisD Says:

      Pauls (and John) music is amazing, almost surreal..

    92. G. Johnson Says:

      Yes, I agree it is an interesting article. I still refuse, unless irrefutable evidence comes up, to believe Paul would be violent. I understand that in their Cavern and Hamburg days, it was Lennon far more prone to that. I would almost have to hear it from Macca’s mouth himself to actually believe that. Violence aside, I must admire the accuracy of much of this info, at least based on what I know. Frankly, I would believe almost any kind of drug he would have done between 1966 and about 1969. Between 1969 and 1980 though, I would be hard pressed to believe anything besides marijuana. I really find this 1999 reference to drug use a very weak and National Enquirer worthy kind of story. I really believe that his bust in Japan was enough to change him for the rest of his days (which hopefully are still long and prosperous). The NESS (scottish for girl) who is selling poppies from a tray in Penny Lane is a reference to a funeral. Poppies are offered in a blanket in some societies, the use of the word tray also should steer you that way as if it were the coffin. Brilliant intermixing of references there. Paul is so underrated in his ability as a lyricist. I saw someone referred to some of Paul’s earlier teen years as hard. Interesting to note that several sources on Psychology have noted when a person loses their mother in their teen years, they are more artistic people when they grow up. McCartney lost his mother when he was 14 and Lennon when he was 18. Not having a mother was something they felt together as a bond in their early years. Just a few responses from some of the other postings. I like them all, even the ones that say the Beatles suck. I used to hate those people, now they fascinate me. Someone I once knew who loved the Beatles and Dylan once said that if you don’t like the Beatles, you don’t like music. Who doesn’t like music? take care—–

    93. Peter Says:

      Every song written in the last fifty years will have a drug reference for some one looking for it…

    94. Dirt Says:

      I liked it way back when Paul was ‘Wings’…Wings Over America…it was the best shite.

    95. formerly known as Says:

      purple rain!

    96. Damon Says:

      Let’s not overlook “Junior’s Farm,” one of Sir Paul’s most blatantly drug-oriented songs ever.

    97. Michel Says:

      so many mistakes here. first of all, Jo Jo was a male, not a female. Band on the Run lyrics are “stuck inside the four walls, sent inside forever” not away forever. and it’s about being stuck inside the Beatles and Apple and inside rooms with lawyers. it had nothing to do with a paranoia of getting busted for dope. this whole article is just silly and inaccurate. also McCartney did not write Medicine Jar or Wino Junko, those were written entirely by Jimmy McCulloch. Paul had absolutely nothing to do with the lyrics. what a joke this article really is. just pure rubbish and fabrications. footnote: Hi Hi Hi is not a mediocre song, it is a great song especially when it first came out.

    98. Michel Says:

      oh yeah Junior’s Farm is NOT about drugs, it is about a farm Wings rented in Nashville to rehearse the band. the farm was owned by a well known country songwriter whos name i cannot remember. it goes to show people will hear anything in a song if they try hard enough. for the person who calls this song one of Paul’s most blatantly drug oriented song ever: where’s the proof? what planet are you on?

    99. Michel Says:

      and regarding Penny Lane and “every head he’s had the pleasure to know” is about a barber. RU Sirius are you serious????? you’re in a fantasy world.

    100. Ashley Says:


    101. George Washington Says:

      hey Pat Riley, do you honestly believe that Paul gave up smoking for one moment? isn’t that one of the arguments on Heather Hills side, that he wouldn’t give it up? the guy’s been smoking for 43 years, he’s not going to stop now. he just doesn’t admit to it anymore. it wouldn’t be good for his image right now with the divorce and a child’s custody at stake and all. and don’t you know John Hammel, his assistant, carries the dope with the guitars. it’s his job. also, Band On The Run is just as focused as Chaos and he was probably smoking his brains out on both sessions. McCartney can be very focused when he is driven. just the fact that he’s facing a new generation is enough to drive him to try and prove himself and that’s exactly what he did with Chaos. not to mention that he was facing being 64. he had a lot to prove to himself. this is a man who is working hard at staying young. he’s doing a good job at it too. he was trying to make a good record and it had nothing to do with being not being stoned.

      and marijuana is not what makes a bad McCartney album, it’s complacency. you know, the farm and all that can probably make you lazy. but when he’s driven he makes the best music, regardless of whether or not he’s had a smoke. he probably focuses better when he’s stoned. i know i do.

      the irony about it is, there is nothing wrong with it. people have been doing marijuana for centuries. it’s in our world. it grows. it’s part of our lives. it’s far much less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes or trans fat or sugar. let it grow.

    102. adam Says:

      why are u attacking paul so much, he is a genius. you are obviously not from the sixties. Of course he was on drugs he is a musician.

    103. Cathy G Says:

      LOL. I found this site from a google search. Such a laugh. Paul McCartney is human. Period. As are we all. I believe he said the other day on television, that he was 15 and John 16 when they lost their mothers. Times were different back then. There was the Vietnam War, when we all learned we were collateral. There were the big rock halls, the groupies, a tour a week from some band. I worked in one of the clubs. Nothing like helping drag a rock star off stage after he has puked all over his grand piano (no names here). Surely, the woman knew Paul drank and smoked weed before she crawled into his bed and life. Heather resembles Linda. I am sure Paul was beside himself with the death of Linda. As an aging, former hippie, I have come to a place in life where I dread the loss of my mother. I know it will be much worse than the loss of my father who was my love. My heart goes out to anyone to lose a parent, much less the love of your life. This man stood by and supported and watched, helplessly, as the love of his life died from breast cancer. All of his money was unable to change the outcome of her illness. The word “cancer” strikes a fear in the heart of the patient and their family that cannot be understood by anyone who has not been there. Cancer is the great “equalizer”. Unless you have had to do this do not judge the man. He has had a lot of good times and a lot of bad times. I am sure he drinks, as did my dad and many other dads and as did I for many years. I imagine that, in the end, with money or not, we all have to come to terms with being human. I think Paul might finally be there. I believe he is 64, though, as there was a joke on television in his interview about “will you still love me when I’m 64″ and of course the answer is a resounding “YES” we do. But, even with all the bad press, the one thing that renewed my interest was hearing him talk about his 3 year old coming running into the room dancing as he was teaching himself to play mandolin. Sounds like there is still some Joy in his life after all he has survived. And he is a survivor, there is no doubt.

    104. Jack wyatt Says:

      After having seen Sir Paul live in concert a couple of years ago i was enthralled to see that he could still rock with the best music being released anywhere and that he had that magic that attracted young people in the 60’s which i followed somewhat religiously. i cant relate to readers how infatuated that the audience is when he or any of the other former Beatles (only one other now) put out their incomparable brand of originality-that goes for the show as a whole- and through Pauls solo albums we continually get flavor of his originality in something that lasts longer than how long the music is actually played.

    105. holley Says:

      this just SUCKS.paul has given so much happiness to millions,he’s a rocker that was able to maintain a 30year monogomous relationship to his wife,his children adore him…perhaps there are drug references in some lyrics but i can tell you this-i’ve worshiped the beatles and paul since my formative years and i have NEVER,I MEAN NEVER used ,or even seen drugs (except pot of course). the message in the lyrics is positive and envokes happiness for the most part. all creative people will be tempted to expand their creativity…some with drugs,alcohol,exercise,whatever. why do you care to try to demonize his reputation…believe me-if he was an angry,addicted,abusive person we’d know long ago,and he certainly wouldn’t be around at 65(making fabulous music )and still on th charts. he’s an admirable person many can say the same at 65? LEAVE THE GENIUS ALONE.

    106. Leisa Mayfield Says:

      I think it is absurd about the divorce settlement.

    107. Cannabis Vodka Says:

      That picture is classic. The man may have been a stoner, but he sure made beautiful music.

    108. Allyson Says:



    109. DougalMac Says:

      John and Paul were my heroes. They taught me how to sing, they taught me rock ‘n’ roll. I was obsessed with The Beatles and still am, I suppose. Gee, there were drugs in the 60’s and 70’s and Paul did some, too? Goll-all-lee! You don’t say?. Well, Paul McCartney is one of the most underrated bass players of all time (check out the bass on “Paperback Writer”, “Rain”, “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide, Except for Me and My Monkey”, “Come Together”: I could go on and on), and his song writing and John’s set the standard by which all pop music will forever be measured. Not to mention he is one of the most brilliant vocalists of all time-remember the Grammy’s when he sang “Helter Skelter”? It blew everybody else of the stage. Considering that millions upon millions of people experimented and used drugs in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and beyond, what is so surprising or unusual about Sir Paul doing it? He always admitted he had some “herbal jazz cigarettes” for his smoking, and so what of it? The same “Just Say No” phonies get goosed to the gills on alcohol, alcohol cause far more traffic deaths in one year around the world than pot ever will. Cigarettes kill hundreds of thousands every year and yet cigarettes, a proven health hazard, are legal. The hypocrisy of the conservative, Post-Reagan world is unbelievable. The double standard is absurd. Smoke a doobie, Sir Paul. and call me, I’d love to join ya!

    110. Bruce 13 Says:

      Ha- interesting, but flawed. I’ve always wanted to makea “McCartney Stoner Song Mix Tape” CD. Macca HAD to be thinking of the “heads” when he placed ditties on his albums-(and I’m not just talking about lyrical references- many instrumentals are “head music”- almost everyone had one: McCartney-Valentine Day, Hot As Sun, Glasses, Kreen-Akrore (what the hell does THAT mean, anyway, Paul ?) RAM-Monkberry Moon Delight, Smile Away is a classic silly song that must be about being stoned, “I met a friend of mine and he did say, “man I can smell your teeth a mile away !”
      WILD LIFE- had all those “Link” instrumentals, including letting the Mumbo Jam tape run out at the end of the lp…”Mrs Vanderbildt” off Band On The Run- Ho Hey Ho…with all the weird laughter at the end…and “Picasso’s Last Word’s”, beautiful and brilliant- but went all weird at the end…smell smoke there, too. What about LOUP: First Indian On The Moon, from RED ROSE SPEEDWAY ? Tell me that ain’t a head song. Medicine Jar, Spirits Of Ancient Egypt, and the title song(s) from Venus & Mars (esp pt 2), Wino Junko on SPEED of Sound- is that a drug dealer or a doorman on the insert drawing ? I still wonder. “Backwards Traveller/Cuff Link” and “Morse Moose & The Grey Goose” on London Town ? What were they doing on that boat in 1977-78 ? Being stoned musicians in the 1970’s. BACK TO THE EGG had the intro song, “Reception” to set the pace for someone that blazed a J before putting the record on, and “The Broadcast” might have been artsy, but was heady as well.
      My Fave, though is from McCartney II: “Darkroom”- I’d like other’s comments on that track- I’ll leave it with “Tug Of War”, because that was the point I really stopped caring so much about Paul, and more about The Ramones. That album had that psycedelic funk song, “What’s That You’re Doin’ ?” the GOOD track he did with Stevie Wonder, He and Carl Perkins MIGHT have been smokin’ Pauls Weed during the “Get It” session…and Perkins’ laughter ebbs into the “Be What You See” link….
      That’s my Mix Tape there.
      Bruce 13

    111. Sheryl Says:

      Too bad the author of the article made so many mistakes. Many people reading it will think it is the gospel truth and it isn’t. Yes, I admit that I wish that Paul had never taken drugs, but that is his private life and who are we to judge. EVERYBODY has some hang ups in life. Like many of you who responded have said, Paul is a genius. He has given all of us so many wonderful songs for memories. I can’t imagine a world without Paul. I have grown up with his songs and he has been a huge part of my life for over 40 years. He brings a smile to my face that NO ONE else can do. I just wish that all of us who love him could get together and do something fantastic for him to show him how much we care for him. Most of us will never even write ONE great song in our lives, let alone hundreds like Paul. I think history will be good to Paul and he will down in history as the BEST !!!

    112. Lindsay Waters Says:

      I just want to romp around with Paul. He’ s been a soulmate forever. When I was ten (1965) I’d pretend we were a family and fishing together, talking and life was good. I’ve followed him off and on as he happens to just show up, in the oddest of times, and I know we’d have a grand time together. Love you Paul and soo understand what a difficult time this is. Been seperated for 2 yrs. after a 23 yr. marraige. Still younger than you!! Yes, I loved you when you were 64. Not a nut, just a person who gets it and would love to be a ‘friend’, that’s all. Was having a pedicure when all my friends called me saying they’d heard on the news that you and Heather had split. All I could think about was Linda and that somehow she had orchestrated this. Would love to meet you sometime. L
      Be happy. be safe! Always your soulmate.

    113. Mary Ross Says:

      Paul I’m not a pot smoker but my adult children are and I would rather them smoke pot than drink alchol or any other drug. I love watching your love story on tv you had a wonderful wife and I think if smoking pot helps you get over your grief then who are we to judge a fan

    114. Darrell Says:

      Drugs – Greek word: Pharmakia…English rendering: Pharmacy
      Definition of Greeek word Pharmakia: Sorcery
      Webster’s Definiton of Sorcery: The use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.

    115. Lynda R Says:

      Who cares what Paul did or does? What matters is that the music is still great and he still looks fantastic!

    116. Jessica Says:

      Listen here, anyone who can just sit here and dog the Mccartney’s after everything they have have NO soul!
      Paul and Linda both lead an amazing life full of hope and compassion. They changed the way so many people think for the better. How dare you make these accusations on Paul! He is the most inspirational and epic man alive! And about the drugs, need we all understand that the ’70’s was a TOTALLY different time! Not saying drugs are okay, because they aren’t but it was just something almost everyone did. Paul is AWESOME! and so is he wife linda, rest in peace.


    117. Carmen Says:

      You’re reading into these lyrics a little too much.

      Someone asked if it was Come Together which led Dylan to introduce the Beatles to pot. It was definitely I Want to Hold Your Hand, because he thought they were saying “I get high” instead of “I can’t hide.”

      As for A Day in the Life:

      Made the bus in seconds flat
      Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
      Somebody spoke and I went into a dream

      He used to sit on the second floor of double decker buses while going to school. He’d often start to smoke a cigarette and zone out while his friends talked to him. I know how it sounds like it could be, but it’s not a drug reference.

      As someone said, the poppies in Penny Lane are really just poppies. I don’t know about George, but John and Paul used to meet to catch a bus at Penny Lane. I have never heard this story where George went back to Penny Lane on acid. But I have heard that the Beatles were always weary to return to Liverpool except for visiting family.

      And Get Back… Linda was living in Tuscon. Tuscon is considerable more desert-y than parts of California. I don’t think it has to do with pot here.

      Paul didn’t write Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. John did, and he always maintained that it was inspired by his son’s painting and Alice in Wonderland. I don’t really care what Paul has come out recently to say about this song; it was not his. Even if it were about LSD, I don’t think John would lie about that.

      But even if these are drug references, what does it matter? Paul McCartney makes great music. Him taking drugs is his own matter. Plus, he can write about whatever he wants. Everyone has their own responsibility concerning drugs. If his drug references and stuff offend you, then stop listening to his music and ignore the news you hear about him!

    118. kim S. Says:

      My reply is who cares? How many musicians, actors and performers use
      recreational drugs? MANY! Clearly Paul does not misuse them, he does not sell them, and it is ridiculous to villify him or to let Heather Mills villify him.

      Clearly, Linda who ws married to the man for decades did not have the claims that Heather has. Heather tried to control him, tried to tell him what to do, what charities to support, what to do with his money, and clearly that was a no no. Who does she think she is anyway? She needs to keep your mouth shut and move on.

    119. Sgt Pepper Says:

      ok Kim.. just to put you straight on a few things. as far as Pauls own words goes, he didn’t do just “Recreational” drugs, he OD’d a few times nearly.. from my own experiance, thats a little more than just recreational..
      As for Heather Mills, let me guess.. you read The Sun or The Mirror or one of those tabloid tats right?? i suggest you google the exact case that Heather Mills is bringing because she only brought up the subject of drugs with Paul once, and that was in the violent behavior part of the divorce. She’s been vicitmised and plagued by the tabloid media, and she has no privacy because of it. People need to start thinking about what they are told by Auntie Beeb and ITV, and the tabs.. most of the time they are lying their asses off.
      Heather Mills did nothing in her life thats been worth the stuff she’s had to put up with, and people like you with your opinions based on lies told by the media are the ones that need to keep your mouths shut and move on.
      Look around, its a celeb culture. We’re more into what our fav celeb is doing or has done, rather than our own friends and family. We, as a nation, spend more on tabloid tat and gossip than we do on our own families in a year. Sad isn’t it?? Leave Mills and Macca to sort it out themselves, and lets get on with our own lives and stop worrying about our celebs all the time.

      Before i forget.. look at the origins of most of the stories told by the news… Macca isn’t a saint ya know.. he shouldn’t have had that knighthood in the first place..

    120. Lew Says:

      People shouldn’t be shocked when a star (and Sir Paul is immensley talented) is less than perfect. It’s treated like a shocking revelation tha John Lennon wasn’t a great father to his son Julian.

      Is it shocking that Paul hasn’t always shown the best judgement in things he’s done and said? Why do people look to actors and musicians for guidance? Who cares what they think?

    121. jagger Says:

      Leave Mills and Macca to sort it out themselves

      Nicely put Sgt Pepper-maybe suggest that to Heather. Oh no, too late. She’s already booked herself on every chat show going in the UK to put her side of the story, as well as selling herself on the US media. I’m no fan of Macca, but I must say he comes out of this with far more dignity.

    122. gig Says:

      Very well written. I read the whole thing, but I need to correct one of your points. It was Bob Dylan who turned the Beatles onto pot.
      I must admit that anyone who doesn’t think that all musicians are deeply involved in drugs -as are all politicians- needs to pull their head out….
      LSD was a social engineering drug that our government wanted to use for mind control. Kesey and others helped sneak it into the mainstream and voila! The 60’s. It is a very useful drug for the first few times it is ingested and then it just becomes a bad habit. Cocaine serves no use whatsoever. Alcohol is the worst. Pot is the best. Wait, I can’t remember was it pot…….? It’s all good. The man can be a beast for all I care. His music has healed our souls thus healed the planet.

    123. Paul Says:

      Junior’s Farm is about a farm Wings rented in Nashville to rehearse the band, it was owned by Junior Putnam.

    124. TheWindCriesMary Says:

      Everybody smokes the green stuff. For those who dont, buy a bag… you will see how it makes you feel, think and react.

      These Paul Bashers need to stop because he’s my man and created the greatest, most influential music of the 20th century, so back off please.

      And to all the Beatle lovers, dont listen to the critics. Smoke your stuff and enjoy every Beatle’s song you’ve ever heard…

    125. BeatleLover Says:

      I love Paul McCartney- always will. I grew up listening to him. Frankly, I admire how he has been able to function through the years with or without drugs while many musicians have fallen by the way side. I hope one day before I die I can meet him in person and talk about things. Some of what is written here is surprisingly unknown to me. The only real bust I remember was the Japan one. All the others were kept quietly away from the media.

    126. Patricia A. Mahan Says:

      Two articles should be read before one condems a drug user. one is “Origins of Addtion – the Adverse Childhood Experience Study” by Dr. Vincent J. Felitti ,which is also in the Permanente Journal. It says all addictionns, from obesity all the way up to heroin arer caused by adversee shilchood experiences.

      In “Religion and Psychoative Drugs An Entheogen Chrestomathy.

      ” the premis is put forth that the reasons why the people go to drugs is because they are looking for God. In the introduction it is written:
      Children of a future age
      Reading this indignant page
      Know that in a former time
      A path to God was thought a crime.

      However, this particular article does not suggest marijauana being useful for such a purpose.

      It is also interesting to note here that tobacco aids schizophrenics, bipolars, post traumatic stress syndrome, panic disorder, depression, ADD, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome, Alzeimer’s, and Parkinson’s (not to mention sepsis, ulceerative colitis and even asthma.) Many people keep their mental illnesses in check by smoking tobacco.And as for pot, they are finding it useful in bipolars.

      Sir Paul’s mother died when he was 14. That’s an adverse childood experience. And he could have, down deep, been looking for God.

    127. Debbie Says:

      p.s. I didnt write “your comment is awaiting moderation”

      where the heck did that come from??

    128. Debbie Says:

      Dear Patricia,

      Interesting post. I’ve had a gut feeling that the articles have truth to them. I have experience with both situations in my life.

      And I pray for Paul daily…..always have.

    129. Justicejayant Says:

      All 6 members were big drug addicts.

    130. drj Says:

      About the link to Drug Awareness Day speech…is that the right “Mr McCartney?” The person giving the speech describes himself as a minister of the government, and I don’t think he’s ever held such a post… nor would Macca ever deliver such a stupefyingly boring, square speech. Not every Mr McCartney is the one we know and love!

    131. mklplse Says:

      thank you so much for posting this. it was a big help on my research paper for school. my topic was how the beatles brought drugs into the lives of teens in america. i hope i get an A. :]

    132. Grace Says:

      Weed is sooooo not even a big deal. I love Paul and if he wants to toke up I do believe he’s earned the right. I’m 19 years old and I would love to smoke a joint with him.

    133. Ellie Says:

      Jimmy McCulloch wrote Medicine Jar, not Macca!

    134. Christy Says:

      okay, idk if you realized this…. but With a little help from my friends… was written by John. and Flaming Pie was written about Maureen Cox who was Ringo’s ex wife. She died in 1994. Paul knew her very well.

      Lovely Rita was based of a real girl named RITA.

      believe it or not, if you don’t pick apart every little tiny piece of their music you might actually enjoy it and forget that they took drugs.

      And if people stopped trying to get every glimpse of his life so they can just put him in the papers or put him in websites like this… then maybe the good music would come back to this world. Just honor the man for what he was, an amazing artist who changed people’s lives. He changed mine.

      And honestly, if you get the chance to smoke pot with Paul McCartney and instead you write an article about his drug use… your a looser not to take that opportunity.

      Come on.

    135. kelly Says:

      Thats actually me, the comment above….

      So btw, if you wanted to do a beatles drug reference on a blog your best choice should have been John. I have an interview from rolling stones that states John saying he took a ton of drugs. He said he must have literally gone on a thousand trips.

      Picking apart all of their songs…. isn’t going to do anything but ruin their music for other people who are very much against drugs.

      Paul McCartney is someone that should be allowed to take drugs lol.
      Hey, if you wrote what was considered the best song of the CENTURY (yesterday) people would be defending you. But sorry, you didn’t change people’s lives enough with this article

    136. Georgie Says:

      Sir Paul,Is criticized entirely too much.The greatest entertainer,performer,writer of poetry and song,speaker,past these type of articles…years ago….

    137. AliceP. Says:

      I just stumbled this and it’s full of terrible information, I read along until you sited Geoffrey Giuliano as a source. Everyone knows he is a bottom feeding liar who makes things up to sell his fake biographies as fact.

      I don’t know how much time you spent on this but, it’s clear you know nothing about the Beatles much at all. No one interested in facts sites Geoffrey Giuliano. There are other places you posted as fact things which are nothing more than rumor and bullshit.

      What a horrible article!!

      Geoffrey? Is this you?

    138. Paul McCartney (Tickets) Says:

      Paul McCartney is a great example to the youth of today for so many other reasons, from his tough stance on environmentalism through to the responsible way that he handled the ultra high profile divorce, its just a shame that so many people still fixate on this part of his life! What he does in his personal and private time should remain just that. Personal and Private.

    139. Bubba Says:

      Paul McCartney, and John Lennon are my idols. I am an aspiring guitarist, and I want to be in band just like these guys. Then when I read this article, a lot changed. Sure they were on drugs and that is something that none of us can forget, but that was the 60s for ya. Drugs was the culture. They were popular. People didn’t know they were bad. They just liked the high. Everybody was doing it. Sure this article made me sort of hate them. But you have to remember the 60s was just an era to be remembered for the Beatles, and how bad drugs are.

    140. Joe Says:


    141. Thomas Mallon Says:

      McCartney in this interview said his music “never” had anything to do with Satantism or anything like that:

    142. Timika Sayward Says:

      Unbelievable?: that has been definitely comprehensive, thanks.

    143. JffCrowe Says:

      You know I believe you can read anything that you want to into the lyrics of a song. Like I think the lyrics to Fool On The Hill are written for the new messiah,but Im sure the meaning was written for something else. I also believe the Beatles were phophets in another life. But hey I can believe what I want to.

    144. Michael K Says:

      This article starts off well but then little extras are introduced (eg. May Pang never claimed they took acid before they went to see Bowie!) and finally towards the end we have Paul McCartney writing Jimmy McCulloch’s prophetic lyrics (clue: Paul didn’t write them.) about his own OD death. Just heard a new programme about that very subject with Paul lamenting that he can’t go back in time and point the lyrics out to Jimmy (a mere 26 when he copped it).

      The thing that people don’t quite get about Macca is that he’s into rock’n’roll itself, not the rock’n’roll lifestyle pose which requires excess as default.
      If the truth be known (and these days it just might be), there are more people quietly having a puff and a shroom and whatever without any problems than there are people driving off cliffs on acid.
      Not that even the pro-Drugs press wants to admit it.

      Thus, Macca has lived a life where he’s managed to combine child-rearing with drugs as if it were combining it with tea-drinking. Which is, of course, SHOCKINGLY POSSIBLE

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