This is the latest Paul McCartney song whose title mentions a bird - the magpie is a bird found mostly in European countries, which is similar to crows and jays. Other winged creature Macca titles include "Blackbird
" for the Beatles' White Album
, "Bluebird" for Wings' 1973 LP Band on the Run
and "Jenny Wren
" for the former Beatle's 2005 solo set Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
. McCartney told The Sun
November 28, 2008: "I've always liked birds. It's a theme of mine. I think they're symbolic of freedom, of flying away. As a kid, I was a keen ornithologist and had a little pocket book, the Observer's Book Of Birds
. I lived on the outskirts of Liverpool and could walk just a mile to be in quite deep countryside."