Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket: Music and Lyrics

Photo of Paul McCartney taken by Linda McCartney with the logo for the monthly Spotify playlist 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket'

As the year draws to a close, we reminisce about the musical journey we've embarked upon, from the 50th anniversaries of Red Rose Speedway, ‘Live and Let Die’ and Band on the Run to the international stages of the GOT BACK Tour. 2023 has been full of massive moments here at, but this month’s playlist celebrates one of this year’s highlights: the release of the first series of Paul’s critically acclaimed McCartney: A Life in Lyrics podcast.

Recognised as one of the best podcasts of the year by TIME magazine, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and the Financial Times, this special edition of the ‘Sticking Out of My Back Pocket’ playlist is more than a mere collection of songs. It's a journey back and forth between the music and lyrics as Paul McCartney and Paul Muldoon guide us through the multiverse of the McCartney songbook.

From uncovering the true story behind 'Uncle Albert' to the unexpected inspirations of what (or Who!) inspired Paul to write ‘Helter Skelter’. December's playlist delves into the stories behind their creation, experience the highs and lows of Paul and John Lennon’s collaborative friendship and discover how the familiar sense of home inspired songs released over 40 years apart.

Next year, fans can eagerly anticipate the arrival of season two of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics, promising more opportunities to sit in on conversations between Paul and prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon as they dissect the people, experiences, and art that inspired Paul’s songwriting. 

Want to read more about the stories behind Paul’s songs? THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present is out now in paperback, pick up your copy today!