Paul wrote a piece on songwriting for The New York Time Opinion section, entitled “Simple or Impossible”:
Quick rules of thumb:
-Not from the hippocampus, not gonna fly on campus.
-Aim for the audience’s pockets and you’ll miss their hearts by a mile.
-Even Beethoven plagiarized Handel.
My own creed is “It’s simple or impossible.” To date I’ve written more than 1,000 impossibles. Note that I didn’t say “impossibilities” — incorrect grammar is highly useful. I would never have written a song called “Dis-satisfied.
Allen Ginsberg said, “first thought, best thought.” This has helped innumerable times when my mind is spinning out of control with ideas.
As a bonus, they’ve included Paul’s hand-written lyrics for “Crackle & Drag”.