This week's podcast episode of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics recalls the Beatles legend's struggle with his own protest songs.

Paul McCartney said in a new interview: “I actually realized that sometimes I really want to sit down and write a song that sums up my dismay and anger at the political situation that I read about every damn morning, you know.

“I read about politicians saying this and this and this and this and it’s like idiot. This guy is a complete idiot. So I'm going to sit down, okay 'You're an idiot', but I can't. It really doesn't work.

“I wrote a song called Angry. That was an attempt, but he's not angry. You know, it seems to be something I can feel in myself. I can't easily translate that into a song. Yeah, so that’s not one of my genres.”

But there was another track that the music star wrote that ended up being banned from broadcast in the UK by the BBC, other British radio stations and most US radio stations.

In response to the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972, when British troops in Northern Ireland shot 26 unarmed protesters, McCartney wrote his debut single for Wings with his wife Linda, called Give Ireland Back to the Irish.

The 81-year-old Beatle recalled: “I sent it through EMI and immediately got a call from Sir Joseph Lockwood, who was the head of EMI. But Sir Joseph said: 'Paul, you can't do that… the Irish situation.'

“I said, 'The thing is, I'm not really a protest composer, but this is affecting me deeply and I feel like I need to say something.'

“He said, 'Please…reconsider…' [But I replied]'I have to make a statement, this was a big enough event in my history and my country's history to take some kind of stand.

Having not previously released an explicitly political song, McCartney was criticized by the British press for an apparently pro-IRA stance on Northern Ireland.

Despite not being broadcast in the UK and US, the single reached number 16 on the UK Singles Charts and number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the Irish Singles Chart for a week in March 1972.

McCartney: A Life in Lyrics is an iHeartPodcast and can be heard here.

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