3AM Eternal: Paul McCartney “Take It Away” (1982)

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With the recent announcement of the deluxe reissue of Sir Paul McCartney’s third and fourth solo albums, 1982’s Tug of War and 1984’s Pipes of Peace, we got a little nostalgic for this song, and its accompanying video. The first solo single from Macca since the murder of John Lennon (save for the preceding single, “Ebony and Ivory,” credited to Paul and Stevie Wonder), the song featured Ringo Starr and George Martin, and was an uptempo rocker.

The video, however, was what made the song even more enjoyable; it’s the story of a young band starting out and finding success, with both Paul and Ringo sporting hairstyles that they wore in the early 60s, as well as the reappearance of his famous Höfner violin bass. Perhaps it was the murder of his best friend and partner in crime, or maybe it was the breakup of his band, Wings, that put him in a wistful mood. Moreover, it’s an easy rocker, and it’s no surprise that the single was moderately successful.

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