"Junk" as written by and Paul James Mccartney....
Motorcars, handlebars, bicycles for two
Broken hearted jubilee
Parachutes, army boots, sleeping bags for two
Na na na na jamboree
Buy buy...
Motorcars, handlebars, bicycles for two
Broken hearted jubilee
Parachutes, army boots, sleeping bags for you
Na na na jamboree
Buy buy...
...
The shopwindow
Why why, says the sign in the yard
Buy buy, says the sign in the shop window
Why why, says the junk in the yard


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"Junk" as written by Paul James Mccartney Paul Mccartney

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    General CommentI have downloaded this song off a compilation entitled "The Whiter Album", full of what I assume is demos for the White album. Paul wrote it while in the beatles while on their spiritual retreat with the maharishi, The lyrics are a cultural critique to american (or first world) capitalist consumerism and decadence and how it is both a mirror of destruction home(as junk) and out (in war).
    elmedioon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a pretty simple meaning, and it kind of fits along with the idea that Paul puts whatever words that sound right in with the melody. What sticks out to me are the "bicycles for two", "sleeping bags for two", "broken hearted jubilee". It has always struck me as a sad lost love song. I look at the "buy, buy says the sign in the shop window" as when you're in love together you buy things for the both of you, things that mean something to the both of you. And the "why, why, says the junk in the yard" is post-relationship when you have no use for all that stuff anymore.
    mattd584on December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised no one has tried to take a spin at this song yet. The lyrics are so nonsensical that they can basically mean anything. For instance, what I got from this song is that it's about capitalism and using war to spread sales of items. Since 9/11 we've been buying "survival gear" and the such... "Army boots," "parachutes" "sleeping bags" et cetera. And, if course, "buy, buy, says the sign in the shop window." As I said, you can basically get any meaning you want from this song.
    Stevierrwon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA beautiful melody that I think Paul just never got around to defining lyrically. In interviews Paul often spoke of coming up with melodies and just putting any words that fit to the tune and then later working out the actual lyrtics. It always felt sad to me.
    jim68nyon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe only song I remember called "Junk" was the one on the McCartney solo record. Where and when is this song from?
    JumpyJackon August 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard that he actually wrote this during their religious retreat to that weird guy in the desert (I forget his name) It was later that he recorded it.
    MusicDiva2000on March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever on any Beatles record, unless its turned up on one of the many bootlegs (of demo's or early versions) that never appeared on record. Macca recorded it on Ram, I think (too lazy to look it up)
    singwolfon January 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on the Beatles Anthology 3, disc 1
    njensenon January 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionWho is Jeremy Max Finer and why is he taking credit for writing a Paul McCartney song?
    winsfordtownon June 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI always thought of it as a general message against consumerism, but now, 40 years after first hearing it, I notice that so many of the things that are junk are about the two of them. They became junk because of the split of "you and me". The breakup has made all those loved things into junk, because the loved one is no longer there to share them and give them meaning. The singer wonders why he should care about anything at all.

    Since it mentions "old and new", it suggests "borrowed and blue", and that the breakup is literally a divorce.

    A beautiful, haunting song and melody.


    note: I posted these comments under a different username in the section for Paul Mccartney's version.
    briandashhansenon March 25, 2014   Link

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