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- Posted on Jun 2nd 2010 7:30AM by Julian Marszalek
"To tell you the truth, I don't really know my songs," Sir Paul told reporters. "So if I'm at a party I'll tend to do something like 'Babyface' or something silly like the old songs."
He continued, "I know my songs when I go on tour because I learn them to go on tour but actually, I think there's just too many of them for me to retain them so I don't know them all."
Sir Paul explained that his repertoire of his own material remained fairly limited.
"There's just a few that I'd do if I'm at a party. I'd do 'The Long and Winding Road' because I remember that, 'Lady Madonna' and things like that and 'Blackbird.'
"There are certain ones that I can conjure up but really, the truth is people say, 'Go on, do that one!' and I say, 'Sorry, I have no idea how it goes.'"
Sir Paul is the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Previous winners were Paul Simon in 2007 and Stevie Wonder in 2009. The award honours the work of an artist whose work and career are judged to have promoted song as a "vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding."