Paul McCartney – “Fool On The Hill”
The Man Of A Thousand Voices!
“The Fool on the Hill” was written by Paul McCartney and was featured in the Magical Mystery Tour EP and album. This was his major contribution and was composed using a piano in his father’s house back in Liverpool. He also recorded a solo demo of him playing the piano while singing this song.
“The Fool On The Hill was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn’t taken too seriously. It was this idea of a fool on the hill, a guru in a cave, I was attracted to.” — Paul McCartney
The Beatles has never performed this track live. On their 1979 UK Tour, however, McCartney and his band Wings included it in their repertoire. It’s undeniably a minor masterpiece which is why it has been covered several times by other musicians.
McCartney played the song for John Lennon during a writing session for “With a Little Help from My Friends”, and Lennon told him to write it down. McCartney did not; he was sure he would not forget it. In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon said, “Now that’s Paul. Another good lyric. Shows he’s capable of writing complete songs.”
It may be a bit underrated but it’s truly one of the most beautiful songs the band has ever recorded!