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Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney

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“Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney, a cover by Mike Massé, featuring Rubber Souls and the Denver Pops Orchestra.

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Lyrics

(Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney)

When you were young and your heart
Was an open book
You used to say live and let live
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry,
Say live and let die
Live and let die

What does it matter to ya?
When you got a job to do, you gotta do it well
You got to give the other fella hell

You used to say live and let live
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die
Live and let die

Recorded live at the Central Presbyterian Church in Denver on April 21, 2018.

Liner Notes

Liner Notes:

“Live and Let Die” is a pretty crazy movie. I grew up solidly in the (Sir)-Roger-Moore-is-my-James-Bond era. And this is the quintessential Moore/Bond movie. It’s got that craziness with the street funeral procession. It’s got Jane Seymour. Say no more, Seymour. But it also had this amazing theme song that set the vibe for the chaos that ensues. It starts so unassumingly in G major. “Pretty song,” you think. But then the song reminds us that 007 is licensed to let die, and we’re off to the races in G minor. And then things get a little funky for a bit. And then we give the other fella helllllllll with a killer high C. That’s a solid movie opening song right there. And a heck of a song, in general.

About the concert: What a special concert this was. My Beatles cover band, Rubber Souls, teamed up with the Denver Pops Orchestra to present a concert of all Beatles music with authentic recreations of the original orchestrations. The scores were created by Rubber Souls members Mike Johnson and Jon Stubbs. It was a memorable show that we still get comments about. I hope to post more from this show, and I look forward to doing many more shows like this with the Denver Pops, and teaming up with orchestras from across the world–including yours!

Thanks to Ron Argotsinger, the conductor of the Denver Pops, and to all of the Denver Pops Orchestra members. It was lovely working with you.
Thanks to Jim Mimna for filming.
Thanks to Mighty Fine Productions for recording the audio.
Thanks to Shawn Herbert for creating the “Rubber Souls” intro animation.
Thanks to Jon Stubbs (of Rubber Souls) for the beautiful orchestral arrangement
Thanks to Mike Johnson for doing almost all of the audio mixing work on this!

Rubber Souls are:

Mike Johnson – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mike Massé – lead vocals, piano, guitar
Ron Perron – bass, backing vocals
Scott Roush – drums, backing vocals
Jon Stubbs – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals

And a big thanks to you for listening/watching, and for helping spread the music.

-Mike

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