Paul McCartney Song Aimed at ‘Mad Captain’ Donald Trump
Paul McCartney said that the song “Despite Repeated Warnings” on his new album Egypt Station was aimed at Donald Trump and others who attempt to deny that climate change is taking place.
The album was released last week; McCartney will tour the U.S. to support it next year.
“People who deny climate change … I just think it’s the most stupid thing ever,” the former Beatle told the BBC in a new interview. “So I just wanted to make a song that would talk about that and basically say, ‘Occasionally, we’ve got a mad captain sailing this boat we’re all on, and he is just going to take us to the iceberg [despite] being warned it’s not a cool idea.'” Asked if he had anyone in mind, he replied, “Obviously, it’s Trump, but there’s plenty of them about. He’s not the only one.”
He went on to explain that another new song, “Who Cares,” was inspired by pop star Taylor Swift’s connection with her fans and “how it’s sort of a sisterly thing.” “I was imagining talking to one of these young fans and saying, ‘Have you ever been bullied? Do you get bullied?'" he explained. "Then I say, ‘Who cares about the idiots? Who cares about all this? Who cares about you? Well … I do.'”
In a separate interview, McCartney revealed his regret over not offering support to Amy Winehouse as she struggled with the addiction issues that would eventually kill her in 2011 at the age of 27.
They met in passing in a corridor, he recalled. “I knew she had a problem, and I ended up just saying hi, she said hi," he said. "Afterwards I thought I really should have just run after her – ‘Hey, Amy, listen, you’re really good, I really hope you … ’ – and say something that broke through the despair. And she’d remember and think, ‘Oh yeah, I’m good, I’ve got a life to lead.’ But you always have those little regrets.”