'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
You Gave Me The Answer' - Twitter Asks...
Earlier this month, Paul took to Twitter to answer questions about his new album Egypt Station. You may remember Twitter user @namaikinanako asking Paul why he used the Japanese word 'Ichiban' in his song 'Back In Brazil'? Well - as promised - we have included Paul's full response in this month's 'You Gave Me The Answer'...
PMc.com: Why did you use the Japanese word "Ichiban" in 'Back In Brazil'?
Paul: Well, I originally blocked in that little phrase with ‘hechibam, hechibam’ thinking that later - when I went to Brazil - someone would say 'Oh, that's very similar to * a proper Brazilian word * ' I was getting a massage in Brazil - and it happened to be by a Japanese lady - and somehow the word ‘Ichiban’ came up in conversation. I said, 'That's Japanese, isn't it?' and she said,'Yeah it is! It means great, fabulous, number one!'
I thought,'Oh wow, that's it! That's the word! And the rationale for it was that the largest population of Japanese people - outside Japan - is in Brazil. So I said to her, ‘Have you got a group of mates that could sing, who could help? I'd like to just record that word ‘Ichiban'!' She said, ‘Yeah, I could probably …’ So I asked,'Do you think they could come to a studio tomorrow?' as I was about leave the country. She said,'Sure, I think I can get some people together!' So I said, 'About 6 o'clock or something?' as I was due to leave at around 8 o'clock. She said,'No, no, they'll still be working.' So I asked '7 o'clock?' and she said, 'Yeah!' So I organised a little studio on the way out to the airport, and managed to arrange for her friends to come! So, I came in and told them what I wanted to do, and we had a lot of fun! It only took about half an hour or so, and I got them to shout 'Ichiban! Ichiban!' and we had to try and get it in time, and accurate. But that's what happened - crazy story! But that is how the Japanese word ‘Ichiban’ happens to be in ‘Back In Brazil’!
In case you missed it, you can read the full Twitter Q&A HERE and watch the video for 'Back In Brazil' below:
Egypt Station is OUT NOW and we'd love to hear some of your favourite songs from the album in the comments below…