Strange lines in popular songs

In Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said,” Paul McCartney sings,
“Remember what the man said;
He said [pwatta pwow pwat-ta pwat-ta pwow]”
(whatever that means).
I haven’t been able to find this in oldies stories in the L.A. area, and I wonder whether I have the title wrong. McCartney’s scat-singing line still baffles me, though.

Give up on trying to understand lines from McCartney songs. His first priority is the tune. The words…well, they just get a little weird sometimes.

Well, Paul McCartney is left-handed–so left-handed, in fact, that a Beatles fan magazine in the arly 60s reported that, as a child, he tried to ride his bicycle backwards.)
More to the point, language is not a function controlled by the right side of the brain…

Hey, I’m a Beatles fan, but anyone who could write the line:

“In this ever changing world in which we live in” (Live & Let Die)

does not really care about the words he’s writing.


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Absolutely agree. McCartney is a tune smith beyond comparison but he needs a lyricist. I vote that he and Don Henley be forced to work together until several extraordinary songs are produced. I’ll tell them when they can quit.