Waterfalls is a paul mccartney ballad from his first solo album after wings mccartney ii the song has a stripped down sound with mccartney only playing a fender rhodes electric piano and a synthesizer and singing. If you listen to the beginning it seems that someone from the tlc camp may have used the song s opening as a.
Chasing waterfalls is tlc s way of expressing how people chase intangible dreams with no thought of the consequences.
Paul mccartney waterfalls song meaning. While most of mccartney ii was improvised in the studio for waterfalls he resurrected an old song in an attempt to revitalise the recording sessions. The messages in waterfalls hit home. The original version on mccartney ii is a bit too long and he made some wise edits on the more recent version appearing on wingspan.
His vocal delivery is odd in that he gives a seemingly tired or pleading old man rasp approach. In other words when tlc says don t go chasing waterfalls this can be interpreted as do not engage in the pursuit of self destructive ambitions. 9 in the uk.
Waterfalls was released as a single with check my machine as its b side and reached chart position no. The song was actually paul mccartney s tribute to one of his boyhood inspirations though it took a decade for him to get it right. And these dangerous desires are termed as waterfalls.
The first verse is talking about an inner city mother and son relationship. Party trick as a teenager in liverpool mccartney developed a guitar trick to pick up girls. This adds to the pathos.
The song has a minimalist sound with mccartney only playing a fender rhodes electric piano and a synthesizer and singing and a short solo performed on acoustic guitar. Tlc s waterfalls is based on people pursuing self destructive ambitions. He is chasing waterfalls money and respect by dealing drugs but his mother knows this cannot end well.
Paul mccartney s 1980 album mccartney ii features a song of the same name. I think that s why it s our. This song is essentially about as heart wrenching of a tune that paul can write.
We wanted to make a song with a strong message about unprotected sex being promiscuous and hanging out in the wrong crowd. Waterfalls is a paul mccartney ballad from his first solo album after wings mccartney ii. The second single to be taken from paul mccartney s second solo album waterfalls was written around the time of wings final album back to the egg.