Originally a lot of the best rock lyrics were gibberish like "Awopbopaloobop." Then Bob Dylan married the poetry of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to the sound of the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" and changed everything.
In the Sixties, Paul declared that he vaguely minded anybody knowing anything he didn't know. He was the man about town in London with actress Jane Asher on his arm, seeing all the highbrow plays. He listened to Stockhausen and symphonies while poets William Burroughs and Richard Brautigan recorded spoken-word albums in his buddy Barry Miles' Indica bookstore.
McCartney watched John Lennon pen "Revolution," then wrote his own more subtle and universal ode to Black Power with "Blackbird." Meanwhile, Mick Jagger was also doing his best to keep up with Dylan. His actress girlfriend Marianne Faithfull gave him the novel The Master and the Margarita, which Jagger transmogrified into "Sympathy for the Devil."
Paul performs with Wings.