You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs
What's in a word? A clue to a whole style or tone? Paul McCartney is often criticised for being twee his use of the word 'silly' is definitely twee. John Lennon never used it* (imagine him singing “silly bloomin' Tuesday”). Or imagine Paul substituting the word stupid in any of the following ...
Hold your head up you silly girl look what you've done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you
Martha My Dear
Silly people run around
They worry me and never ask me
Why they don't get past my door
Fixing A Hole
He looks a lot like a guy I knew way back when
It's silly Willy with Philly band
Samson and Delilah would have made a crazy pair
if the silly woman hadn't shaven off his hair
That was a silly season, was it the best?
We didn't need the reason, just a rest.
Good Times Coming / Feel The Sun
Did any other songs influence McCartney's vocabulary? The Beatles covered Glad All Over (The one by Carl Perkins, not the Dave Clark Five)...
One little kiss from you
And I feel glad all over
Oo baby, hot dang gilly
But I'm glad all over
Glad All Over
Are there words you find yourself using repeatedly in your songwriting. Or words you avoid?
*Lennon used 'Stupid' in I Am The Walrus and I'm So Tired
**Most of these photos are from a McCartney tumblr blog with a name to rude to mention