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  • Everybody we are back.

  • (crowd cheering)

  • Now uh,

  • ladies and gentleman,

  • Paul McCartney has a brand new CD out,

  • it's called "Flaming Pie".

  • It's a great CD, there's some amazing songs.

  • And I had the rare opportunity

  • last week to go to London

  • and talk to the man himself.

  • And he said we could talk about the CD

  • and anything else that came up.

  • Ladies and gentleman,

  • here's my little chat with Paul McCartney.

  • ♪ I'm the man on the flaming pie

  • Stick my tongue out and lick my nose

  • On this album alone,

  • I mean you're famous for it,

  • but you're playing base, you're playing guitar,

  • you're playing drums, you're playing harmonium.

  • Is there an instrument that you've tried

  • you just couldn't tackle?

  • Uh yeah, there's many of them yeah.

  • Seriously it's like the blowing instruments I'm no good at.

  • You can't do the blowing like this--

  • The blowing things?

  • That's the technical term for them.

  • That is what they're technically known

  • in the orchestral world, in the symphonic world,

  • as I am entering into.

  • I did actually start off on trumpet.

  • My dad gave me a trumpet when I was about 14.

  • And I eventually traded it in for a guitar.

  • Asking him first, saying "do you mind?"

  • And he said "I don't mind".

  • No I couldn't sing with it in my mouth.

  • I heard your yeah, your "Let it be" on tuba,

  • it just never sold as well.

  • It was just not a big seller.

  • I was noticing that you've wrote

  • a lot of these songs on holiday.

  • When you go on vacation you write songs.

  • For your family, do they ever get annoyed?

  • Did they say "Dad let's go water skiing".

  • And you think "Water ski, water ski, that rhymes with"--

  • Water ski, water ski. (chuckles)

  • And you start writing a song about water skiing,

  • which ends the album and is very good by the way.

  • My kids are very supportive you know.

  • They know, that ever since they've been little,

  • there's been this guy in the corner

  • of a room going "water ski, water ski".

  • And so they're used to me now.

  • So they don't mind.

  • You know they normally don't mind.

  • And your son? Sometimes they want to

  • watch something on TV,

  • at which point I will be told to stop.

  • That's a little strange,

  • you're Paul McCartney sits down--

  • It's my TV! and is writing a song,

  • it's your TV--

  • I'm paying for this by songwriting,

  • it doesn't cut any ice or water, or whatever you call it.

  • They don't care, they say "Paul McCartney,

  • "stop playing the guitar, we're trying to watch--

  • No they say "Dad, stop it."

  • You should make them call you by your full name.

  • I've said "Look, I am Sir Paul McCartney,

  • "on your knees, say 'I beseech you,

  • "in the name of the royal liege, this television might be'"

  • They don't go for it.

  • Right now you could be writing a great song except if--

  • I am. Oh right now?

  • I am right now.

  • [Conan] Does it involve me in anyway?

  • No just a second--

  • (Conan laughing)

  • okay there it is, finished.

  • [Conan] Really? Yeah.

  • Can I just have half the credit 'cause I was here?

  • No, no. [Conan] Pfft. (laughs)

  • You didn't even know I was writing it.

  • I could see in your eyes that a song was being written.

  • So I thing I should get some credit.

  • Just 20%. (Paul humming a song)

  • Conan, Conan

  • It's all there.

  • I cannot reveal it just yet.

  • (Conan laughing)

  • But give me two more minutes and it will be finished.

  • Okay, my people are going to sue you.

  • "Michelle", you know the,

  • Michelle, by belle

  • Used to um--

  • You don't have to that with people,

  • "You know that song? You ever heard of that?".

  • There's a lotta young people,

  • there's these young people

  • these days who haven't heard it.

  • Yeah? But really,

  • you've had people, you're saying to people

  • "It's called 'Let it be'".

  • "Sorry, no" "No it goes like this:"

  • "You're wasting your time, please move along".

  • (laughs) I always do it anyway you know.

  • (Paul mumbles off)

  • But "Michelle", I used to sit around at parties,

  • enigmatically, in a sort of black roll neck sweater going,

  • (singing in French)

  • and hoping they would think I was a French person

  • and would want me to go to bed with them.

  • [Conan] Uh huh, it's worked with women?

  • No. (Conan bursts with laughter)

  • It never worked, that was the problem.

  • "He's a smelly French person we don't...

  • "I don't like the song either".

  • But many, many years later,

  • and this is the true bit,

  • John did say "You remember that smelly French song

  • "that you used to do, to pretend that you"

  • He said, "That wasn't bad".

  • He said "You should write some

  • "good words to that". So I did.

  • You seem like such a nice guy.

  • You seem like you know you're a responsible guy.

  • Did you ever as a rock star feel at all tempted

  • to trash a hotel room?

  • I did once, knock some scrambled egg off a plate.

  • "I've had it with this hotel".

  • I was quite a wild one in my young days so.

  • You know coming up here through your offices,

  • we saw, these different Buddy Holly pictures and everything.

  • And of course you're a huge fan.

  • I'm a huge Buddy Holly fan,

  • and that's kind of what, when I first could play

  • rudimentary guitar, it's only three chords--

  • That was one of the great things about playing--

  • You can play "Peggy Sue" in an hour.

  • Play 'em all, most of 'em.

  • "Maybe I'm amazed" uh not "Maybe I'm amazed".

  • That's mine. No you just admitted it,

  • Buddy wrote that, and you took it.

  • Take him away boys.

  • Baby! Baby!

  • (Conan laughs) Uh huh.

  • You met Elvis, was it just once?

  • Yeah we met him, when he was in Hollywood.

  • And the trouble with the anthology was

  • we all had different memories of it.

  • 'Cause it was so long ago.

  • And you know time does things things to those old memories.

  • So Ringo remembered him never standing

  • during the whole evening.

  • That was Ringo's key memory.

  • Mine was of him meeting us at the door.

  • So there was the anthology--

  • George said you were in an amusement park.

  • You were all in a merry-go-round.

  • You can't get a straight story here.

  • It was a bit like that yeah.

  • But it was wonderful to meet him,

  • 'cause he was such a hero to us, I mean actually meeting,

  • I mean I see people do it with me,

  • or would do it with the Beatles,

  • and go "wow, you know I grew up on your music".

  • But we grew up on Elvis' music, so he was great.

  • And he was in a great point in his life I think too.

  • He was still all there.

  • The Las Vegas drug doctor had not come to see him.

  • Although that is you know, allegedly, of course.

  • I do not know that this happened.

  • I understand that there is an allegation,

  • that this kind of thing happened later in Elvis' life.

  • I'm not stipulating, this is not--

  • No, no Elvis was never involved with drugs.

  • [Paul] Probably not. The whole,

  • that rumor that he ever got overweight I find upsetting.

  • That was probably not a rumor.

  • [Conan] There's no proof. Exactly.

  • I need just a little advice,

  • I don't know if you're aware

  • 'cause you live mostly here in England.

  • My show's wildly popular in the United States.

  • One of the most popular show's in the history of television.

  • And I'm experiencing something right now that's

  • a "Conan-mania" for lack of a better term.

  • People will just occasionally

  • when I leave a hotel room or when I get out

  • of my apartment in the morning,

  • someone might recognize--

  • No nothing, am I boring you? Sorry, no sorry, no, no.

  • No really? [Paul] Sorry no.

  • Okay you look like you're about to nod off.

  • [Paul] I know, I looked like I was

  • yawning there for a second.

  • I've been recognized on occasion on the street.

  • I've had one or two people recognize me.

  • And occasionally people have even approached me to say

  • "Hi, your show isn't that bad".

  • So I know what what you went through.

  • Do you know what I'm saying? Yeah.

  • Is it going to calm down at some point?

  • I guess that's my question.

  • I'm not sure Conan, it might.

  • And if it does, don't be disappointed.

  • It may however be building--

  • You think?

  • Well if this song works out,

  • I'm working on as we speak--

  • The Conan song.

  • There could be something in this.

  • This could increase your fan level to a five or six.

  • Could I just have one of these before I go?

  • You've got all these Platinum and Gold albums and I thought

  • "If I could just leave with one,

  • "it would be proof that I was here".

  • Yeah okay, you know the alarms will go off

  • as you go out the door.

  • It's like the gap here,

  • you leave with something and an alarm goes off.

  • It's exactly like the gap.

  • That's where I got 'em.

  • [Conan] (laughs) You got these at the gap?

  • I got these at the gap, you can get everything there.

  • (laughs) Uh, I think that's, you know that's it.

  • Well I'm finished with you Conan.

  • (audience roars) You think?

  • I think that's it love.

  • Now, you have, people gonna escort me out here

  • and kind of toss me out onto the street.

  • They've been briefed already.

  • [Conan] Okay well uh-- So if uh--

  • I guess I'll never be seeing you again then?

  • Nobody may be seeing you again.

  • [Conan] Okay.

  • This may be the end of your series and career.

  • Really? Yeah.

  • But I have written a song,

  • Conan was in London

  • He's a great chap

  • He's a terrific person

  • But he's never coming back

  • I like that song. [Paul] It's not bad.

  • I don't like the end where I get killed.

  • Don't come back. (audience laughs)

  • Thanks very much for spending some time with us.

  • A thrill to meet you and--

  • Good fun to be on your show.

  • [Conan] Thank you, good to see you.

  • Okay.

  • It's really him, and it's really me.

  • Which is neat to say.

  • Sewers, come get him!