Paul McCartney and His Sheepdog Martha



Listen to Martha My Dear and watch live footage of Paul McCartney and his sheepdog Martha on his farm in  Campbeltown, Scotland

“The Heart of the Country” music video

You will notice that Martha Paul’s sheepdog is in almost every frameof this video

Paul and the late Linda Mccartney’s charityPETA 

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 “Beatles Ultimate Experience: McCartney Interview: Promoting The White Album 11/20/68 Source: Audio copy of original radio interview


After The Beatles had completed The White Album, Paul McCartney gave an exclusive interview to Radio Luxembourg in which he discussed his opinions of select tracks from the new double LP. When the interview was aired, it was interspersed with tracks from the new album. The official UK release of The White Album was just two days away. – Jay Spangler, Beatles Ultimate Experience

Q: “‘Martha My Dear.'”

PAUL: “You see, I just start singing some words with a tune, you know what I mean. I don’t ever write a song thinking, ‘Now I’ll write a song about…’ I do sometimes, but mainly I don’t. Mainly I’m just doing a tune and then some words come into my head, you know. And these happened to be ‘Martha My Dear, though I spend my days in conversation.’ It doesn’t mean anything, you know, but those just happened to come to my head. So that’s what this song is about… it is about my dog. I don’t mean it, you know. I don’t ever try to make a serious social comment, you know. So you can read anything you like into it, but really it’s just a song. It’s me singing to my dog.” (laughs)

However, in 2005, Steve Turner wrote in A Hard Day’s Write: The Story Behind Every Beatles Song that Martha was in fact the name Sir Paul gave his inner muse, and that Martha the sheepdog was named after imaginary Martha.”

In his LIfe Magazine interview in 1971 he talks about his new life    “and Martha is in the thick of it”

“I love my life now because I’m doing much more ordinary things, and to me that brings great joy. We’re more ordinary than ordinary people sometimes.”

“In New York, we go to Harlem on the subway – a great evening at the Apollo. We walk through Central Park after hours. You may find us murdered one day. Last time we went it was snowy like moonlight in Vermont – just fantastic. and I figure anyone who scares me, I scare him.”

“We try never to organize our lives very much. We do things on the spur of the moment. We were in Scotland and we decided to take a trip to the Shetland Islands. So we piled in the Land Rover with the two kids, our English sheep dog, Martha, and a whole pile of stuff in the back with Mary’s potty on the top. On the second day we get up to a little port called Scrabster at the top of Scotland. When we tried to get on the big car ferry, we got in queue but were two cars too late – missed it. So, don’t despair. Okay, make the best of it. We really didn’t want to go on that big liner, a mass-produced thing. So we thought, let’s beat the liner. But we gave that up – it became a bit difficult with airplanes and such. Let’s try to get a ride in one of the little fishing boats, and how much should we offer.”

“So the romantic idea was that they’d rather have a salmon or a bottle of Scotch than the 30 pounds. I went to a bunch of boats but they weren’t going to the Orkney Islands. So I went on this one and I went to this trapdoor sort of thing, and they were sleeping down below – the smell of sleep is coming up through the door. At first the skipper said no, and then I said there was 30 quid in it for him, and they say they’ll take us. It was a fantastic little boat called the Enterprise and the captain named George, he’s wearing a beautiful Shetland sweater. We brought all our stuff aboard and it was low tide, so we had to lower Martha in a big fishing net and a little crowd gathers and we wave our farewells. As we steam out, the skipper gives us some beer, and Linda, trying to be one of the boys takes a swig and passes it to me. Well, you shouldn’t drink before a rough crossing to the Orkneys. The little one, Mary, throws up all over the wife, as usual. That was it. I was already feeling sick. I sort of gallantly walked to the front of the boat, hanging onto the mast. The skipper comes up and we’re having light talk, light chit-chat. and I don’t want it. So he gets the idea and points to the fishing baskets and says, ‘Do it in there!’ So we were all sick, but we ended up in the Orkney Islands, and we took a plane to Shetland. It was great.”

For complete interview

3 responses to “Paul McCartney and His Sheepdog Martha


  2. This was such a lovely find. Thank you.


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