Distractions Lyrics - Paul McCartney

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By Paul McCartney

WHAT IS THIS THING IN LIFE
THAT PERSUADES ME TO SPEND TIME AWAY FROM YOU?
IF YOU CAN ANSWER THIS, YOU CAN HAVE THE MOON.
THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE,
ANYWAY YOU CAN SEE THERE'S A LOVELY VIEW.
WHY ARE THERE ALWAYS SO MANY OTHER THINGS TO DO?

DISTRACTIONS,
LIKE BUTTERFLIES ARE BUZZING 'ROUND MY HEAD,
WHEN I'M ALONE, I THINK OF YOU
AND THE LIFE WE'D LEAD IF WE COULD ONLY BE FREE
FROM THESE DISTRACTIONS.
UH, UH, UH, UH.

THE POSTMAN'S AT THE DOOR,
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WHILE THE TELEPHONE RINGS ON THE KITCHEN WALL.
PRETEND WE'RE NOT AT HOME AND THEY'LL DISAPPEAR - UH-UH -.
I WANT TO BE WITH YOU,
TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO, NOTHING IS TOO SMALL,
AWAY FROM ALL THIS JAZZ WE COULD DO ANYTHING AT ALL.

DISTRACTIONS,
LIKE BUTTERFLIES ARE BUZZING 'ROUND MY HEAD,
WHEN I'M ALONE, I THINK OF YOU
AND THE THINGS WE'D DO IF WE COULD ONLY BE THROUGH
WITH THESE DISTRACTIONS.

AH -
AH -

I'LL FIND A PEACEFUL PLACE
FAR AWAY FROM THE NOISE OF A BUSY DAY.
WHERE WE CAN SPEND OUR NIGHTS COUNTING SHOOTING STARS.

DISTRACTIONS,
LIKE BUTTERFLIES ARE BUZZING 'ROUND MY HEAD,
WHEN I'M ALONE, I THINK OF YOU
AND THE THINGS WE'D DO IF WE COULD ONLY BE THROUGH
WITH THESE DISTRACTIONS,
LIKE BUTTERFLIES ARE BUZZING 'ROUND MY HEAD,
WHEN I'M ALONE, I THINK OF YOU
AND THE LIFE WE'D LEAD IF WE COULD ONLY BE FREE
FROM THESE DISTRACTIONS.



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Got Straight to the Point | Reviewer: Gary Kuss | 8/10/11

Whether we love him or hate him, Paul McCartney has been a huge influence on music since the early 1960s. I have just been listening to the song 'Distractions' from his album 'Flowers in the Dirt'. Paul has 'hit the nail on the head' in the first line of this song.

Let's set the scene. In this song, Paul is portraying a man (who is in love with a woman, of course, essential 1960/70 material) who is bewoing the fact that there are so many distractions in the life (their life) of people, especially people who just want to get on with loving one another.

In the first line he writes/sing 'What is this thing in life...' which we read and hear. What if we were to rearrange this slightly, which is what I think Paul was getting at and say/write/read/hear 'What is this THINKING LIFE ...'.

Paul is indicating that it is the ego that causes the 'Distractions'. It is not the THINGs in life that cause the 'Distraction' it is the (ego) THINKING LIFE that causes the 'Distractions'.

Paul has also (cleverly) used singular tense - Thing in - which makes it easy to transpose to - Thinking - for those of us who see the message.

Once we realize that it is the MIND, alias EGO, that is causing these (perceived) Distractions, we can easily see how the remainder of the song flows. Those of us who know how to 'let go' of outside influences soon realize that the song is a catalogue of events where the mind would rather be somewhere else.

Well done Paul!! You have created a great song that really explores that small ego brain in our heads that will take control if we let it. Thank You!!






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