"3 Legs" as written by and Paul James Mccartney....
Well when I walk, when I walk
On my horse upon the hill (when I walk the horse upon a hill)
Well when I walk, walk walk walk
On my horse upon the hill (when I walk the horse upon a hill)
And I lay me down
Will my lover love me still

A dog is here, (a dog is here), a dog is there (a dog is there)
My dog he got three legs
But he can't run

Well when I thought, well I thought
When I thought you was my friend (when I thought I could call you my friend)
When I thought, when I thought
When I thought you was my friend (when I thought I could call you my friend)
But you let me down, put my heart around the bend

A fly flies in (a fly flies in), a fly flies out (a fly flies out)
Most flies they got three legs, but mine got one

Well when I fly when I fly when I fly,when I fly above the cloud
(When I fly above the man in the crowd)
Well when I fly when I fly when I fly,when I fly above the crowd
(When I fly above the man in the crowd)

You can knock me down with a feather, yes you could
But you know it's not allowed (but you know it's not allowed)

A dog is here, (a dog is here), a dog is there (a dog is there)
My dog he got three leg
But he can't run

My dog he got three leg
Your dog he got none

My dog he got three leg
Your dog he got none

My dog he got three leg
Your dog he got none


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"Three Legs" as written by Paul Mccartney

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is such a fun song -- I love the tempo change at the end, its perfect.
    RedRoseSpeedwayon January 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInterpreting this song could be tricky--who knows exactly what it is referring to, but then the meanings of many songs are not straightforward. Nonetheless, this funky acoustic blues song is quite charming. Paul sings the song effortlessly from soft to gritty. No one makes music like this anymore, but that God Paul did...and that he's still gracing us with his wonderful music.
    JDeanBon February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with JDeanB here. The lyric "Well when I thought, well I thought
    when I thought you was my friend" could possibly be referring to Lennon in the context of Beatle history. RAM was an album full of angst and little jibes toward the broken relations of the four lads from Liverpool. I never understood the dog reference, but it sounds like defensive bragging.
    madshellon July 16, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is definitely about John Lennon & the Beatles. My dog got three legs, but he can't run. (The Beatles?)
    Well I thought you was my friend, but you let me down. (Definitely Lennon)
    When I fly above the clouds, you could knock me down with a feather. (Lennon getting high, stoned)...but you know it's not allowed (don't anyone dare take a shot at St. John Lennon, Paul is the bad one, it was all him)

    Fact is that Paul was a bit too heavy handed trying to take over running the band after Brian Epstein died. This caused a lot of resentment from the rest of the boys. But it was John who broke up the band with his drug addiction, going far astray of the band and his involvement with detrimental outside forces, most importantly Yoko Ono. John, like most addicts that are systematically destroying everything they hold near and dear in their lives, took his vitriol (that he had for himself) out on Paul. Probably the one relationship he hated most losing.
    journeymanfxdlon February 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be about John or George, maybe both. Either way it's incredibly smug like a few others on RAM.
    liquatedheron March 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy dog he got three legs (Paul, George, Ringo)

    Your dog he got none (John)

    If it isn't that, then that's fine, but either way it's one of the best and silliest McCartney songs. Love it.
    Starqueston July 14, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI do agree that this song has to do with his feelings about John and the break.

    In a more general sense I think the song is talking about having everything you should need to; live, succeed, etc. but feel like there's something missing, or holding you back that makes it difficult for you to advance.

    A fly flies in (a fly flies in), a fly flies out (a fly flies out)
    Most flies they got three legs, but mine got one

    I interpret the mention of flies in this song to be his dreams/ambitions/feelings.
    The phrase 'haven't got a leg to stand on' to be in a situation where you cannot prove something, has to do with it too.
    He cant prove himself/reach his goals without a leg to stand on. This is also why it would be so easy to 'knock him down' because he feels that the things he's achieved are superficial, or that the euphoria of a recent development wont last. You could easily ruin his mood because he knows it, but that would be rude, 'not allowed'.
    (Or this could refer to John. He lacks the support that he used to provide him)

    So in a less general sense i think that Paul is commenting on how he misses having a partner in song writing. It was great to have the freedom to be on his own for a while, but now this is more of a draw back. He doesn't see the same potential in his songs, or feels like they wont 'stick' like the ones he wrote with John.

    Well when I walk, when I walk
    On my horse upon the hill (when I walk the horse upon a hill)
    Well when I walk, walk walk walk
    On my horse upon the hill (when I walk the horse upon a hill)
    And I lay me down
    Will my lover love me still

    Would john be willing to partner even after i was on this 'high horse'? I know I'm really reaching there XD

    I also think this is over analyzing. I was mostly just trying to put my thoughts out there for anyone who's curious about this song.
    I love the song regardless of its intended meaning. Its just so fun!
    BabylonSisteron August 17, 2016   Link
  • -4
    General CommentStupid song, a waste! He could have really used John Lennon to help him on this one.
    stpittsson October 04, 2009   Link

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