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2001-May-03: GMA, part 3

The third edition of the Good Morning America interview, Sir Paul spoke of the loss of his lovely Linda:

"After Linda died, I think all of us in the family would hear  noises or see things, and would say, 'That's Linda, that's Mom.' And a lot of  things happened like that. And I think it's in some ways it's very comforting to  think, 'She's still here.' You like to think that. And you do--I do."

One day editing one of Linda's tapes:

" The sound man hit the button and then this voice just said, 'I'm in heaven.' And it's just that kind of thing. It's the beautiful moments, inspirational moments--'You know, I don't know if that's true, but it sure is  great.' So a lot of those things happened. And then at the end of the poem I  mention a white squirrel, which happened to me--I was on a horse ride--I was on  my own now, Linda taught me how to ride horses, and she was a great rider. And  one day after she died, I saw this white squirrel in the woods. I mean, this one was looking right at me, didn't move, my mind just went, 'That's probably  Linda.' Some how our spirits got into that. And you--I think it's very  comforting, you know. You don't know if it's true, but it's a great thought.

"So the poem's called Her Spirit:. 'Her spirit moves wind chimes, when air is still, and fills the rooms with fragrance of lily. Her eyes blue green, still  seen, perfectly happy, with nothing. Her spirit sets the water pipes a humming, fat electronic force be with you sound. Her spirit talks to me through animals, beautiful creature lay with me. Bird that calls my name, insists that she is here, and nothing left to fear. Bright white squirrel, foot of tree, fixes me with innocent gaze. Her spirit talks to me."

Does writing poems console him?

"Yeah, some of the ones towards the end of the book do console, yeah. It's a--they let you know what you're thinking. They let you put down what you're thinking. So I enjoy that, you know. It's--it's a simple act. It's like
writing a letter to yourself.

" I would go out for a run, think of some words, get home from the run, write them down, make a cup of tea for Linda, take it--you know, breakfast in bed, let's say, I'd make a little tray. And I'd go up and then I'd say, 'Hey,
by the way, do you want to hear some poetry.' She'd always say, 'Yeah.' And the--and, "I would come back from a run, with lines of poetry to tell, and having listened, she would say, 'What a mind.' She'd fold my words inside her head, and though the lines may not have been supreme, she wasn't really being kind, she meant it what she said. And I'm blessed, for she said, "What a mind." So it's going to make a fi--make a guy feel good, that kind of thing. You know, it's just like, 'Whoa!' You remember that stuff.

"This one says, 'There's a lot to be said, there's nothing to be  said, my love is alive, my love is dead. I hear her voice inside my head, there's a lot to be said, there's nothing to be said. There's a lot to remember, a lot to forget, my love is heart, my love is wet, as if it was the night we met. There's a lot to remember, there's a lot to forget, there's a lot to be said, there's nothing to be said'."

Also, in a piece of choral music he wrote for Linda, Sir Paul asks the question, "God, are you there?" :

"I just thought in a church it would be nice to get real. And instead of just saying, 'Holy Father,' accepting God's presence, I think a lot of people, including me, sometimes doubt--have doubts, you know. So I just thought it might be a good way to open the song, you know, 'Are you there?'  We're in a church, 'Hello, are you there? And then the payoff comes with God then answering, 'I am here.' And he says, 'I am here in all the good things in life.' That goes through that.  I like the idea of starting off with a doubt, and then pay off, you know, we've--'Yeah, I am here'."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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