Paul McCartney recently released his 18th studio album, Egypt Station, and is now revealing some of the inspiration behind the new music.
In an interview with the BBC, the Beatles legend said that his album track “Who Cares” was inspired by Taylor Swift.
“I was actually thinking about Taylor Swift and her relationship to her young fans and how it’s sort of a sisterly thing,” McCartney explained. “And I was imagining talking to one of these young fans and saying, ‘Have you ever been bullied? Do you get bullied?’”
“Then I say, ‘Who cares about the idiots? Who cares about all this? Who cares about you? Well… I do.'”
The 76-year-old rocker admitted that there was another, somewhat unexpected person who influenced the new album: U.S. President Donald Trump, whom McCartney referred to as the “mad captain.”
McCartney admitted that Trump inspired his song “Despite Repeated Warnings”, a politically charged track about the environment.
“People who deny climate change… I just think it’s the most stupid thing ever,” McCartney said, referring to Trump’s announced plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
“So I just wanted to make a song that would talk about that and basically say, ‘Occasionally, we’ve got a mad captain sailing this boat we’re all on and he is just going to take us to the iceberg [despite] being warned it’s not a cool idea.'”
When asked who the “mad captain” might be, McCartney didn’t beat around the bush. “Well, I mean obviously it’s Trump,” he answered, “but there’s plenty of them about. He’s not the only one.”
Egypt Station is out now and currently battling Eminem’s Kamikaze for the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.