Paul McCartney touches upon his decision to quit pot in the song "Happy With You" from his upcoming album, Egypt Station, which is set for release on September 7th. The inner sleeve to the new album has been posted online allowing fans to make out a handful of the songs' lyrics. "Happy With You" opens with the verse. . .

I sat around all day/I used to get stoned
I liked to get wasted/But these days I don‘t
'Cos: I'm happy, with you
I got lots of good thing to do, oh yeah

Back in 2015, McCartney claimed he had traded smoking dope for drinking. The former-Beatle, who over the years has been busted for pot a total of five times, spoke about the difference between being the legendary pothead of the 1960's and '70s and his life today, telling The Daily Mirror: "I don’t do it any more. . . The truth is I don’t really want to set an example to my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing. Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I’d just try and keep it out of their faces. Instead of smoking a spliff I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago."

In 2012, McCartney first claimed that he finally gave up marijuana after 48 years, due to his then-eight-year-old daughter by Heather Mills, Beatrice. McCartney, who along with the other Beatles, was turned onto grass by Bob Dylan during the "Fab Four's" 1964 North American tour, told Rolling Stone at the time, that he was done getting high: "I did a lot, and it was enough. I smoked my share. When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in. Enough's enough."

Last month, McCartney's producer Greg Kurstin spoke to Rolling Stone about "Happy With You" saying, "That’s a very simple acoustic song. It’s one of my favorites on the album, actually. It’s some acoustic and then I think he doubles it on electric guitar. He compressed it on the Fairchild, which was a real Beatles technique. I’m a music nerd, so I love to geek out on stuff like that. It’s so fun. And the song has such a simple little melody. I love it."


Paul McCartney has had a substantial record over the years for being busted for the demon weed. His first two arrests came in 1972 -- once after being mailed pot while tour in Sweden with Wings, and again later that year for growing pot on his Scottish farm. At the time McCartney told authorities that he had been given seeds by fans and was unaware that they would "come up illegal."

In 1975, while driving in Los Angeles, the McCartney's were busted for possession of pot after blowing through a red light, with the car -- allegedly -- almost completely smoke-filled. His late wife, Linda, who was a U.S. citizen, told police that the pot was hers, and was arrested and later fined.

In 1980 McCartney was arrested in Tokyo for bringing 7.7 ounces of marijuana into the country and jailed for nine days before being deported, which in effect killed Wings' touring career.

McCartney's fifth and final pot bust to date happened in 1984 when McCartney was busted for possession inside his Barbados resort villa after buying grass on the beach. Upon returning to London, McCartney held an impromptu press conference with a swarm of reporters: "Can we get one thing straight? That whatever you think and whatever you think I've done; I'm telling you, this substance cannabis is a whole lot less harmful than rum punch, whiskey, nicotine, and glue -- all of which are perfectly legal (crowd noise)."