McCartney Vetoed Weird Al's Chicken Pot Pie

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Sat, Nov 25, 2006 at 6:11 PM

Well, it's been a quiet few days, involving mainly indigestion and a marathon L Word viewing session (seven episodes, back to back). So here's a funny story I heard over Thanksgiving dinner which I thought I'd share...

Weird Al Yankovic is hanging out someplace, mighta been the airport, and a fan comes up to him and says hello. That fan happens to be Paul McCartney. "I love your stuff," enthuses the former Beatle. "Anytime you want to do one of my songs, its yours!!!"

Weird Al is thrilled, but stumped - he can't figure out which song to do. After two years of fruitless pondering, it finally comes to him in the middle of the night. He sits bolt upright in bed, the passionate refrain to Live and Let Die ringing around his head. "Live and Let Die...Chicken Pot Pie! Yes!" 

Inspired, he penned the following genius lyrics:

When we were young, Bernie's Deli was down the block

(Ooh ooh ooh ooh)

He made a great liver pate

(You know he did, you know he did, you know he did)

But if there's one thing in this world that I like better

Than a corned beef on rye

It's Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

He contacted members of the orchestra that had played on the original Live and Let Die track, and flew them out to his studio. When he was ready to release the track, he contacted Sir Paul for approval. "I finally came up with the perfect song," he enthused. But Sir Paul was not amused. "Oh no..." he said. "I can't possibly allow this - my ex-wife Linda would never have supported a song that celebrates the killing of chickens."

Yankovic has performed the song live (he debuted it as part of his concert food medley during a 1992 tour) but Chicken Pot Pie is still, as yet, unreleased...

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