9. Monkberry Moon Delight (Ram - 1971)
One of the reasons Paul is so beloved is because his songs don’t always make sense, but they are always good fun. This song is the perfect example of that.
Ram, McCartney’s second solo release (he shares credit on this album with Linda), came out in 1971 to little fanfare or praise, but, as time has passed, opinion has become more favourable towards the album.
'Monkberry Moon Delight', one of the album’s stand outs, is a hugely enjoyable, piano driven ditty, in the style of an old sit-around-the-piano sing-a-long. The song opens with the line “So I sat in the attic/Piano up my nose” which is one of the greatest opening lyrics in music history and if you disagree you have no sense of humour.
Adding to the insanity of the song is the fact that, alongside Linda, who sang backing vocals on every song on this album, 'Monkberry Moon Delight' also features vocal contributions from Linda’s biological and Paul’s adopted daughter, Heather, who was just eight-years-old at the time.
Whilst the song isn’t as heart-warming as 'Maybe I’m Amazed' or as ground-breaking as some of Paul’s other songs, it is a total blast to listen to, something that embodies Paul’s work to an absolute tee.