“Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.”
Last Words – Pablo Picasso – Bio
Born October 25, 1881 – Died April 8, 1973
Spanish Painter, Draughtsman, Sculptor
Last Words – Pablo Picasso – Note
In an interview on British TV channel ITV1 for the program Wings: Band on the Run, to promote the November 2010 2xCD/2xDVD rerelease of the original album, McCartney says he was on vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica where he “snuck” onto the set of the film Papillon where he met “Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen.”
After a dinner with Hoffman, with McCartney playing around on guitar, Hoffmann didn’t believe that McCartney could write a song “about anything,” so Hoffman pulled out a magazine where they saw the story of the death of Pablo Picasso and his famous last words, “Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can’t drink anymore.”
Paul created a demo of the song and lyrics on the spot, prompting Hoffman to exclaim to his wife: “… look, he’s doing it … he’s doing it!”
Thus, “Picasso’s Last Words”, one of the highlights of the “Band On The Run” album, was made. “Band On The Run” became Wings’ most successful album and remains the most celebrated of McCartney’s post-Beatles albums.
Denny Laine appears first in this live video of Picasso’s Last Words” Wings Live 1975., and, to me, will always remain as the most important, non-McCartney, member of the band, “Wings.”
While on holiday, Paul McCartney meets Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman challenges Paul McCartney To Write A Song On The Spot. Taking his Time Magazine, there’s an article about painter Pablo Picasso’s last words. “Drink To Me, Drink To My Health, You Know I Can’t Drink Anymore.” Listen how Paul answers the challenge.