The Paul McCartney Project

Pretty Boys

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

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Song facts

Pretty Boys” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“.

There’s a song on “McCartney III,” “Pretty Boys,” that is kind of unusual for you in how the music is sort of unassuming but the lyrics have an almost sinister edge. What inspired that one? 

I’ll tell you exactly. I’ve been photographed by many photographers through the years. And when you get down to London, doing sessions with people like David Bailey, they can get pretty energetic in the studio. It’s like “Blow-Up”, you know? “Give it to me! [Expletive] the lens!” And it’s like: “What? No, I’m not going to.” But I understand why they’re doing that. They’re that kind of artist. So you allow it. Certain photographers — they tend to be very good photographers, by the way — can be totally out of line in the studio. So “Pretty Boys” is about male models. And going around New York or London, you see the lines of bicycles for hire. It struck me that they’re like models, there to be used. It’s most unfortunate.

Paul McCartney – from interview with New York Times, November 29, 2020

Last updated on November 30, 2020


Look into my lens
Give me all you got
Work it for me, baby
Let me take my best shot

Meet the pretty boys
A line of bicycles for hire
Objects of desire

Working for the esquire
You can look
But you better not touch

Cause here come the pretty boys
They gonna set your world on fire
Objects of desire

Preaching to the choir
They can talk but they never say much

Strike another pose
Try to feel the light
Hey, the camera loves you
Don’t put up a fight

There go the pretty boys
A row of cottages for rent
For your main event

They’re what the angels sent
You can look but you better not touch

Look into my lens
Try to feel the light
Hey, the camera loves you
IT’s gonna be alright

Here come the pretty boys
A line of bicycles for hire
Objects of desire

But they’re working for the esquire
You can look but you better not touch

The pretty boys (you better not touch)
The pretty boys (but you better not touch)
The pretty boys

Officially appears on

McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drum, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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