Why is part of Michelle in French?

Nam Ngô

"Michelle" was a tune that I'd written in Chet Atkins' finger-picking style. There is a song he did called "Trambone" with a repetitive top line, and he played a bass line while playing a melody. I wanted to write something with a melody and a bass line in it ... an instrumental in C.[5]

Creating beautiful melodies came naturally to Paul McCartney. He had to work harder, to find the words that go together well.  Especially in a language he did not speak.

For Michelle inspiration came from inspiration from unlikely sources. These included a mistranslated Edith Piaf song and an a party trick he had used in his teens to attract girls. He also drew heavily on the linguistic knowledge of  Jan Vaughan, the wife of one of his oldest friends.

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