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Paul McCartney sets the record straight about weird ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ theory

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With Christmas music playing everywhere these days, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Paul McCartney’s Christmas classic “Wonderful Christmastime” at least once. While some hear a sweet holiday tune, others have some wild theories about the track, and McCartney is finally setting the record straight.

In a Q&A posted to his website, Sir Paul shoots down a theory the song is about people practicing witchcraft because of the supposed line, “The moon is right, the spirit’s up,” which some think is a chant.

“Oh yeah. Well, thank goodness they found me out. This is completely true and in actual fact I am the head wizard of a Liverpool coven,” Paul says with a laugh. “Either that … or it’s complete nonsense. And you know it’s the latter!”

One of the main problems with the theory is the lyric is actually “the mood is right,” not the “moon is right.” Paul notes, “The thing is about this stuff, it’s so easy to convince half the people in the world. You do have to be a little bit careful!”

When it comes to Christmas, Paul says one of his traditions is to pull out a recording of instrumental holiday tunes he made for his family in the studio. And while fans have heard rumblings about this album, it doesn’t sound like they’ll ever actually get to hear it. 

“I’ve often thought it’s good enough if people would like it released, and I’ve thought I could do it for charity or something, but never really felt strongly enough to make a decision,” he says. “It’s just a family record, and I’ll pull it out again this Christmas.”

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