Music legend Sir Paul McCartney joined host James Corden in a special UK edition of the wildly popular Late Late Show segment, Carpool Karaoke.
With an intro pulled right from Beatles lyrics, Corden phoned a “mate” asking for help to find his way around Liverpool. The former Beatle then joined Corden in the car and the two spent the day belting out tunes as they toured the city of Sir Paul’s youth, including a visit the childhood home that McCartney hadn’t returned to in 54 years.
75-year-old McCartney took Corden on a tour of the house that he hadn’t seen since 1964 (now owned by the National Trust) pointing out where he and John Lennon would sit and write songs together. He also pointed out his favorite place to practice which, incidentally was the “bog” (bathroom) because it had the best acoustics. McCartney also sat down at the piano in the front room for an impromptu rendition of “When I’m 64.”
The McCartney family moved into the thee-bedroom terrace home located in the Liverpool suburb Allerton in 1955. A year later, his mother Mary died of breast cancer. And in 1964, the musician used earnings from his Beatles success to buy his father Jim a house across the Mersey on The Wirral.
During the drive through Liverpool with Corden, McCartney unexpectedly brought the host to tears with the story of how a dream in which McCartney’s mother told him to “let it be,” inspired the song by the same name.
Corden said it was the “most beautiful story” he had ever heard, then broke into a teary rendition of the song.
“Oh man, it got me emotional there,” Corden said. “I didn’t feel it coming.”
McCartney recalled the story of how he “had a dream in the ’60s where my mum, who died, came to me in the dream and was reassuring me, saying, ‘it’s going to be OK. Just let it be.’”
He added, “She gave me the positive word. So I woke up and I went: ‘What was that? What’d she say? Let it be? I’ve never heard that. That’s kind of good.'”
Corden then explained why the song and story made him so emotional “I can remember my grandad, who was a musician, and my dad, sitting me down and saying, ‘we’re going to play you the best song you’ve ever heard’.
“And I remember them playing me that. If my grandad was here right now, he’d get an absolute kick out of this.”
Poignantly McCartney replied, “He is.”
During the drive, Corden also said to McCartney: “Your music is so full of positivity and joy and a message of love and togetherness, I feel like it’s more relevant now today than it’s maybe ever been.”
Sir Paul agreed, adding, “We expected it to last 10 years, but it keeps going on, and on, and on. And it keeps being relevant.”
The tour ended with McCartney giving a surprise performance to a small but enthusiastic audience of varying ages in a Liverpool pub – proving that yes, the music is indeed still relevant.