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Paul McCartney — Too Many People
Album: Ram
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6.8

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Total ratings: 532









Released: 1971
Length: 4:04
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Too many people going underground,
Too many reaching for a piece of cake.
Too many people pulled and pushed around,
Too many waiting for that lucky break.

That was your first mistake,
You took your lucky break and broke it in two.
Now what can be done for you?
You broke it in two.

Too many people sharing party lines,
Too many people never sleeping late.
Too many people paying parking fines,
Too many hungry people losing weight.

That was your first mistake,
You took your lucky break and broke it in two.
Now what can be done for you?
You broke it in two.

Mm-mm-uh-uh.

Uh!

Too many people preaching practices,
Don't let 'em tell you what you wanna be.
Too many people holding back,
This is crazy, and baby, it's not like me.

That was your last mistake,
I find my love awake and waiting to be.
Now what can be done for you?
She's waiting for me
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I believe this is one of the greatest examples of the whole being greater than the sum of their parts.  On their own, the members of the Beatles made alright music; but as a group they were transcendental.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
The song that allegedly kicked off the great McCartney-Lennon feud as Lennon thought it was directed at him. Lennon responded with "How Can You Sleep?"

 

Wow!  I could certainly see John interpreting the lyrics that way ...
A truly great album.  A little Beatles style still lingering, and none of the pop influences exhibited in his later years with Wings.
I think this is the first and last McCartney album that my dad bought when I was a wee lad (and now that he had 2 kids, I think record purchases were no longer in their budget). I loved it, while he wasn't into anything but his Beatles stuff. I have a soft spot for this album, and also The White Album and Abbey Road, which I heard a lot of while in the womb! 
Another ex Beatles song that was overplayed
Thanks Paul Thanks Bill
 Baby_M wrote:
Not Sir Paul's best day at the office by any means.
 
Are you insane? This is up there with his best. Put on the cans and listen to it closely, the whole album, classic!
(And a pleasure to strum on the 'ol gueeetar!)
Just had to bump it up to a 10. Soooooooooo good.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Wow, haven't heard this in a donkey's age. Two fab Macca wacky thumbs all the way aloft.

 
indeed
love Paul's vocals throughout this album
always loved this.  Great album overall.
Not Sir Paul's best day at the office by any means.
my goodness, this is awful!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
The song that allegedly kicked off the great McCartney-Lennon feud as Lennon thought it was directed at him.
Lennon responded with "How Can You Sleep?"
 
Pretty sure John had issues with Paul long before this song arrived.
The song that allegedly kicked off the great McCartney-Lennon feud as Lennon thought it was directed at him. Lennon responded with "How Can You Sleep?"

 LaurieinTucson wrote:
This takes me back to 6th grade, too. I had the 45 of Uncle Albert and this was on the B-side.

 
Uncle Albert has a permanent place in my growing up memories, and I had the single as well.
Wow, haven't heard this in a donkey's age. Two fab Macca wacky thumbs all the way aloft.
One of his best post-Beatles efforts! Brings back memories!!! 

A 6.9 rating? For shame peeps!!!!!!!!
This takes me back to 6th grade, too. I had the 45 of Uncle Albert and this was on the B-side.
I was 11 or 12 when a classmate of mine in 6th Grade invited me over to his house. His older sister had just gotten this new record, and we all thought it was amazing, especially the lyrics. It was the beginning of my appreciation of just how vital Paul was to Music.
Fantastic song from a fantastic album. 6.6 for this is surprising. This is raw Macca. An easy 9.
 Illustr8r wrote:
Wow. A Linda McCartney apologist. Ya learn something new every day... I guess if you can suck a golf ball thru a garden hose you can get onstage REGARDLESS of musical talent...
 
First, I totally love this tune, including Linda's braying in the background.

Second, that was an amazingly mean comment there. Seems totally unnecessary. 
 Antigone wrote:
Why no lyrics?

 
here they are below, also check out this link it has the back story on the song

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Too Many People
 
Too many people going underground,
Too many reaching for a piece of cake
Too many people pulled and pushed around
Too many waiting for that lucky break
That was your first mistake
You took your lucky break and broke it in two
Now what can be done for you?
You broke it in two
Too many people sharing party lines
Too many people never sleeping late
Too many people paying parking fines
Too many hungry people losing weight
That was your first mistake
You took your lucky break and broke it in two
Now what can be done for you?
You broke it in two
Too many people breaching practices
Don't let them tell you what you want to be
Too many people holding back
This is crazy and maybe it's not like me
That was your last mistake,
I find my love awake and waiting to be
Now what can be done for you?
She's waiting for me
.
 
Songwriters: Paul Mccartney
Too Many People lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


Why no lyrics?
Guess ya had to be there. Indelible.
This is such a great rock song and the lyrics are great too! I love this song! Paul McCartney was still so great in the early to mid 1970's! :clap: :)
Paul: Most talented Beatle. Loved his music since '82 hearing him on MTV when I didn't even know he was a "Beatle" or who the Beatles were. If radio stations played George's music for 24 hours straight when he died, they sure as heck better play Paul for 24 days when he does.
dmax wrote:
Wonderful Paul McCartney impersonation by whoever that guy was that took over when Paul died.
:lol: :roflol: Great song, but it needs more cowbell.
This song deserves a 7 at least.... Still has legs after all these years. Go Paul.....
Hairfarmer wrote:
Yes I've heard it but I didn't hink it was funny. If you've ever worked concert sound, or sung onstage you recognize what's going on on that tape immediatley. She can't hear herself in the monitor. Linda always got a bad rap, more so because people wanted scapegoats (Linda & Yoko) to blame for the Beatles break up, than anything else, IMO. Listen too all the Wings songs, Linda is the one singing the high harmonies on all of that. Even the best singer in the world is going to sound bad if they can't hear themselves.
Please - she could not sing. Period. I mean, God bless her and the fun and enjoyment out of life that her and Paul got, but I have heard that tape and it's hideous. I have nothing against her (or Yoko), for that matter, but unfortunately, she really had no vocal talent.
Hairfarmer wrote:
Yes I've heard it but I didn't hink it was funny. If you've ever worked concert sound, or sung onstage you recognize what's going on on that tape immediatley. She can't hear herself in the monitor. Linda always got a bad rap, more so because people wanted scapegoats (Linda & Yoko) to blame for the Beatles break up, than anything else, IMO. Listen too all the Wings songs, Linda is the one singing the high harmonies on all of that. Even the best singer in the world is going to sound bad if they can't hear themselves.
Wow. A Linda McCartney apologist. Ya learn something new every day... I guess if you can suck a golf ball thru a garden hose you can get onstage REGARDLESS of musical talent...
JCJ wrote:
Anyone hear that tape of her in concert? They isolated her godawful background vocals. It was hilarious! :lol:
Yes I've heard it but I didn't hink it was funny. If you've ever worked concert sound, or sung onstage you recognize what's going on on that tape immediatley. She can't hear herself in the monitor. Linda always got a bad rap, more so because people wanted scapegoats (Linda & Yoko) to blame for the Beatles break up, than anything else, IMO. Listen too all the Wings songs, Linda is the one singing the high harmonies on all of that. Even the best singer in the world is going to sound bad if they can't hear themselves.
Always thought this was a fun little song. Still is. Paul doesnt need to be judged by his Beatles toons all the time. His solo stands fine on its own. Its only music after all.
This was a great great record. Wonderful Paul McCartney impersonation by whoever that guy was that took over when Paul died. Best tune off the album: Sitting in the back seat of my car.
Anyone hear that tape of her in concert? They isolated her godawful background vocals. It was hilarious! :lol:
POLL: Who is your LEAST favorite Beatle? 1) John 2) Paul 3) George 4) Ringo My vote goes to Paul
RParadise wrote:
Call me old, but I liked this song when it first came out, and I like it now. I did not like a lot of Paul's solo efforts, but this one was very ... Beatle like.
well said. it is very beatle like.
Not hard to understand why John couldn't resist making fun of Paul during this period.
Old McCartney solo stuff? Why not? Very good! I\'m going in London in 2 weeks. Anybody got a tip for me to see that Sir in person? :bounce:
Call me old, but I liked this song when it first came out, and I like it now. I did not like a lot of Paul's solo efforts, but this one was very ... Beatle like.