Paul McCartney tells Bob Mortimer the bloody story behind ‘Rocky Raccoon’

Arriving today (September 22), the one-minute trailer for the book sees Macca speak to Mortimer at the British Library in London – where he recounts “the story of ‘Rocky Raccoon’“.

A verse in the 1968 track goes: “Now the doctor came in stinking of gin/ And proceeded to lie on the table/ He said, ‘Rocky, you met your match’/ And Rocky said, ‘Doc, it’s only a scratch/ And I’ll be better, I’ll be better, Doc, as soon as I am able“.

“I was riding on a little moped to see my cousin Betty,” McCartney remembered. “It was a moonlit night… I said, ‘Wow, look at that moon!’ When I look back, the bicycle is now [on its side] and there’s no way to get it back up. So I’m hitting that pavement.”

Macca explained that he “smashed [his] lip” and was left bleeding from the accident, with his cousin then calling for a doctor.

“I think it was around Christmas time… well he [the doctor] was pissed,” he continued. “He said, [slurring] ‘I think you need a couple of stitches’.”


McCartney asked to be given anaesthetic, but the doctor only had a needle and thread. “And he’s trying to thread the needle but he can’t see it,” he said. “So Betty takes it off him and she threads it.”

The teaser comes as McCartney today announced a special signed edition of The Lyrics, which is limited to just 175 numbered copies. This version also includes an exclusive print of a lyric sheet – you can find more information here.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney is set to speak about the book during a special event at London’s Southbank Centre on November 5.



Bob Mortimer parodies John Cooper Clarke in new lockdown poem

John Cooper Clarke recently announced the release date for his upcoming autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours.

Set to be published by Pan Macmillan on October 1, I Wanna Be Yours is billed as a memoir “as wry, funny, moving and vivid as only John Cooper Clarke could deliver”.

Speaking to NME in a new interview back in January, Cooper Clarke spoke of his new musical obsessions, praising the likes of IDLES and Slaves, calling the Bristol punks “fabulous”.

“I think IDLES are fabulous,” he said. “My daughter introduced me to their music, just the day before yesterday. She’s got a great ear for that kind of thing.”