One of my favourite moments on The Simpsons was when Paul and Linda McCartney showed up to support Lisa's efforts to become a vegetarian. As Lisa was preparing to leave, Paul asked her if she would like to hear a song, to which she responded very enthusiastically. Paul then handed things over to Apu, who began singing, rather terribly, "I'm Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Man, I hope I will enjoy my show." At this point, Lisa began backing quietly away with a nervous (or was that terrified?) smile on her face.
Some 14 years later, Sir Paul himself has composed a song about vegetarianism called "Meat Free Monday". Now, as I mentioned before, I'm not terribly familiar with McCartney's solo output, so I don't know if he's done this kind of thing before. I'm pretty sure that he hasn't offered any songs about vegetarianism for free before, though. Well, technically the song can be downloaded for making a donation to the Meat Free Monday campaign, but the site also includes a link to download the song without making a donation; how you obtain it is up to you.
"Meat Free Monday" is quite a fun song. Musically, it reminds me of some Beatles songs like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Octopus's Garden". Lyrically, he's not going for anything terribly complicated, with lines like "Meat Free Monday, it's a fun day, and it's happenin' all around the world," but that actually works in the song's favour; by keeping things simple, the song takes on a certain charm, not unlike something you might hear from Sesame Street or Schoolhouse Rock! No matter what your views on vegetarianism are, I think it's pretty hard to deny that this is a really catchy song.
To download "Meat Free Monday", you need to enter your email address in the widget, and the download link will be sent to the address you provide. Happy listening!