On Monday, Paul McCartney played a concert in Nashville, where he told the crowd that the Central High crisis inspired him to write “Blackbird.” Here’s what he said, according to

Paul stood alone on the stage with his acoustic guitar and told the story of how he and the other Beatles had watched from afar during the racial struggles in the American South throughout the ‘60s, “especially in Arkansas . . . in Little Rock. I wanted to write a song that might give hope to someone when they heard it. So I wrote this song.” He then launched into that instantly recognizable guitar intro to “Blackbird” and played and sang it perfectly, obviously still moved by the message in the tune and the reason he felt compelled to write it.

So what if his dates are a little off. That’s clearly what he was talking about.