Actor Dustin Hoffman with musician Paul McCartneyWhile having dinner together in 1973, Dustin Hoffman inspired Paul McCartney to write “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)”. Hoffman had asked McCartney how he came up with ideas for writing songs. Paul replied that he didn’t know, “You just sort do it, kind of pick them out of the air”. Dustin asked him if he could “write one now.” Paul agreed to try. So, Hoffman grabbed his copy of Time magazine that had an article about the recent death of artist Pablo Picasso. He told Paul the story about Picasso’s death and his famous last words, “Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can’t drink anymore.” McCartney had a guitar with him and immediately began composing the song on the spot, much to Dustin’s amazement.

Later, Paul McCartney recorded “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)” for inclusion on the Band On The Run album, released in late 1973.

Below, listen to an audio clip of Paul McCartney and Dustin Hoffman talking about the song’s birth. Also, there’s a couple of brief snippets of the song mixed in.

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6 Responses to “What actor inspired Paul McCartney to write “Picasso’s Last Words”?”

  1. Caitlyn Bunton Says:

    Can you please send Paul McCartney an email HEHEHE

    Caitlyn,

  2. michael haver Says:

    can you ask paul where about in bootle did the beatles go to to learn the g7 chord?

  3. John Barrell Says:

    Cannot believe this was happening while i was staying at the same hotel , i only came across this when i was watching an interview with Paul McCartney about his band Wings , I was an extra in the movie
    Papillon 1973 filmed in Jamaica .YouTube – Papillon 73 …

  4. Caitlyn Says:

    Hi Paul,

    I love you! I put your old pictures of my wall in my room in Burke, Virginia. Where did you sing Yesterday at in 1965?

    Love,
    Caitlyn Bunton,

  5. Caitlyn Says:

    Hi Paul, Are you talking to me about Band On The Run?

    Love,
    Caitlyn, Are you writing the song?

  6. luiz henrique Says:

    Sir Paul
    wonderful musician
    wonderful actor
    wonderful music
    hug

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