Zoo Gang (song)

“Zoo Gang” is a song composed by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Paul McCartney & Wings.

It was recorded on 25 April 1973[1] and was released on 28 June 1974 as the B-side of the “Band on the Run” single in the United Kingdom. “Zoo Gang” was the theme song to the short-lived television programme The Zoo Gang. In 1993, “Zoo Gang” was included as a bonus track on the re-issue of the album Venus and Mars on compact disc as part of The Paul McCartney Collection.[2] It was the song’s first appearance on an album. It was later released on all editions of the 2010 re-release of Band on the Run.

Your Loving Flame

“Your Loving Flame” is a love song by Paul McCartney, written for his future fiancée Heather Mills.[1] It appeared on his 2001 album Driving Rain and was also said to have been the albums’s lead single.[citation needed] It was released as a jukebox single in 2002, backed with “Lonely Road”.

A live version appeared on the albums Back in the U.S. (2002) and Back in the World (2003), as well as the accompanying DVD. The song was also performed live at the Nobel Peace Prize awards in 2001.

The music video for “Your Loving Flame” did not appear on McCartney’s 2007 DVD The McCartney Years.

The World Tonight (song)

“The World Tonight” is a song by Paul McCartney and is the second track on his 1997 album Flaming Pie. The first, and only, single from Flaming Pie that was released in the US, on 17 April 1997,[1] and in July as the second single from that album in the UK, peaking at #23 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1997 in British music).[2]

In the United States, the song was released as the first and only single from the album in May 1997, peaking at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 23 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[3]

Wonderful Christmastime

“Wonderful Christmastime” is a 1979 Christmas song by Paul McCartney. It enjoys significant Christmas time popularity around the world.[1] The song was later added as a bonus track on the 1993 CD reissue of Wings’ Back to the Egg album.[2]

The track was subsequently added as a bonus track to the 2011 reissue of the McCartney II album, with both full and edited versions included. The track was also mixed in 5.1 surround sound for inclusion on the 2007 DVD release The McCartney Years.

Tug of War (Paul McCartney song)

“Tug of War” is the title track from Paul McCartney’s 1982 album Tug of War.

Rolling Stone described the song as McCartney’s equivalent to John Lennon’s “Imagine”.[1] To others, however, “Pipes of Peace” is. The song has a clear division between the verses featuring sad lyrics about the struggle to survive, the necessity of conflict (pushing and pulling) and the hopeful refrain, in which McCartney looks for a future where these struggles are no longer necessary.[2] The lyrics are seen[who?] as describing his complex relationship with Lennon, who was killed two years prior.

The single reached number 53 in the UK and number 53 in the US.[3][4]

The album version starts with the sounds of people grunting as part of a real tug of war- a popular sporting event since ancient times, before Paul goes into the song, and then at the end of the song, it fades into “Take It Away”. The single version omits these factors.

Too Much Rain

“Too Much Rain” is a song by Paul McCartney and is the seventh track on his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. The song was recorded at George Martin’s Air Studios in central London with producer Nigel Godrich. It was inspired by the theme to the 1936 film Modern Times, written by Charlie Chaplin and commonly known as “Smile” (lyrics were added to Smile in 1954 by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons).[1]

The lyrics of “Too Much Rain” concern hope in the face of adversity (“Laugh when your eyes are burning/Smile when your heart is filled with pain…”). In addition to “Smile,” McCartney has said the song was also inspired by his then-wife, Heather Mills McCartney, who had “a lot of tough times in her life.”[1]

Too Many People

“Too Many People” is a song by Paul McCartney from his and his wife Linda McCartney’s 1971 album Ram as well as the B-side of the “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” single.

“Too Many People” was written as a dig at McCartney’s former bandmate and songwriting partner John Lennon, as well as his wife Yoko Ono.

I was looking at my second solo album, Ram, the other day and I remember there was one tiny little reference to John in the whole thing. He’d been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit. In one song, I wrote, “Too many people preaching practices,” I think is the line. I mean, that was a little dig at John and Yoko. There wasn’t anything else on it that was about them. Oh, there was “You took your lucky break and broke it in two.”
— Paul McCartney, Playboy, 1984[1]

The song also begins with the line “piss off,” later revealed to be a direct attack on Lennon.

Piss off, cake. Like, a piece of cake becomes piss off cake, And it’s nothing, it’s so harmless really, just little digs. But the first line is about “too many people preaching practices.” I felt John and Yoko were telling everyone what to do. And I felt we didn’t need to be told what to do. The whole tenor of the Beatles thing had been, like, to each his own. Freedom. Suddenly it was “You should do this.” It was just a bit the wagging finger, and I was pissed off with it. So that one got to be a thing about them.
— Paul McCartney, Mojo, 2001[2]

This One (song)

“This One” is a single from Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. The song reached number 18 on the UK singles chart.[1][2] It also reached number 8 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 in Austria, number 31 in the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands and number 40 on the Media Control Charts in Germany.[3][4]

The single includes two songs recorded during the sessions for CHOBA B CCCP album: “I Wanna Cry” and “I’m In Love Again”. The later appeared in a slightly edited form than the version released on 1991 international edition of CHOBA B CCCP

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song’s modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

This Never Happened Before

“This Never Happened Before” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. It was released to radio stations in the United States in 2006, peaking at #27 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart (see 2006 in music).[1] It was included in the soundtrack of the movie The Lake House (2006).

Track listing
“This Never Happened Before” (edit 2) – 3:13
“This Never Happened Before” (album version) – 3:23

That Would Be Something

“That Would Be Something” is a song written by Paul McCartney in Scotland, which was first released on his McCartney album on 17 April 1970.[1]

McCartney sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass, tom tom and cymbal.[2] This song and “Valentine Day” were mixed at Abbey Road Studios on 22 February 1970.[1] In the song McCartney also performs Vocal percussion to simulate a drum kit.

Shortly after the McCartney album’s release, George Harrison described this song and “Maybe I’m Amazed” as “great”.[3] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic said the song was “light folk-pop”.[4]

“That Would Be Something” was also released on the 1991 album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). The song was first performed live by McCartney, in Barcelona, on 8 May 1991.[5]

Temporary Secretary

“Temporary Secretary” is a song by Paul McCartney, featured on his 1980 album McCartney II. In 2013, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it the #36 all-time McCartney post-Beatles song, calling it a “cult favorite” and an “oddly catchy electro-pop nugget, about a slightly creepy-sounding guy looking to hire a temp.”[1] In 2014, “Temporary Secretary” was ranked the 167th greatest song of all time by critics of NME magazine. They described it as “wonky electropop that didn’t sound so much ahead of its time as out of it altogether.”[2]

Teddy Boy (song)

“Teddy Boy” is a song by Paul McCartney and was first released on his first solo album McCartney, released in April 1970 after the Beatles disbanded.

It was written by McCartney during the Beatles’ stay in India,[1] and originally recorded during the 1969 sessions for what would become The Beatles’ Let It Be album. Several versions exist, all of which are acoustic, some of them including electric guitar by George Harrison or improvised harmony vocals by McCartney and John Lennon.

According to Paul McCartney in the documentary Wingspan, he wrote this song for the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions, but due to tension in the group at the time nobody had the patience to work with it. Still, the Beatles recorded the song 6 times in January 1969, at their Apple Studios in London. A composite version made of two of these recordings was released in 1996 on the Anthology 3 album.[2]

Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

“Take It Away” is a single by Paul McCartney from his 1982 album Tug of War. The single spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #10[1][2] It reached #15 in the UK.[3] The music video, directed by John Makenzie, features former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and long-time producer George Martin, both of whom played on the track, as well as actor John Hurt.[4]

Although there is a segue from “Tug of War” into this song on the album the single version instead starts cleanly, but fades out earlier at the end.

Stranglehold (Paul McCartney song)

“Stranglehold” is a song by Paul McCartney, the former bass guitarist, Singer and Songwriter with The Beatles. The track is credited as being written by McCartney and 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart, and is on his sixth studio solo album Press to Play. It was issued as single exclusively in the US and reached number 81.[1] The b-side featured the remix of “Angry” by Larry Alexander taken from the previous single “Pretty Little Head”

Flaming Pie

Flaming Pie is the tenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney under his own name, first released in 1997. His first studio album in over four years, it was mostly recorded following McCartney’s involvement in the highly successful Beatles Anthology project.[1] The album was recorded in several locations over two years, 1995 and 1997, featuring two songs dating from 1992. The album featured several of McCartney’s family members and friends, most notably McCartney’s son, James McCartney. In Flaming Pie’s liner notes, McCartney said: “[The Beatles Anthology] reminded me of The Beatles’ standards and the standards that we reached with the songs. So in a way it was a refresher course that set the framework for this album.”[2]

Flaming Pie peaked at number two in both the UK and US and was certified gold. The album, which was well received by critics, also reached the top 20 in many other countries. From its release up to mid-2007, the album sold over 1.5 million copies.

Really Love You

“Really Love You” is a song written by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr—their first-ever shared credit—and originally released on McCartney’s 1997 album Flaming Pie.[1] In 2005, a remixed version was released as a limited edition 12″ vinyl, from the album Twin Freaks.

The song was written during a jam session the day after McCartney and Starr recorded “Beautiful Night”, another song on Flaming Pie that features Starr on drums.[1][2]

Put It There

“Put It There” is a 1990 single from Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. The song reached number 32 on the UK singles chart.[1][2] The lyrics were inspired by an expression of friendship that McCartney learned from his father, “Put it there [handshake] if it weighs a ton.”

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song’s modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

The 7″ single also included a Wings song, “Mama’s Little Girl”, that had been originally recorded in 1972 but had been remixed and produced in its current version in 1987 by McCartney and Chris Thomas. The 12″ single included a second Wings song, “Same Time Next Year”, which had been recorded on 5 and 6 May 1978 at RAK Studios,[3] as a possible theme for the movie of the same name that had also been remixed and produced in 1987 by McCartney and Thomas.

Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)

“Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)” is a song from Paul McCartney and Wings’ album Band on the Run. It was not released as a single. Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)” in 2007 on his album Performs the Hits of Wings.[1] An abbreviated performance of the song appears on the live album Wings over America.

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, Hoffman did not 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.” McCartney 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!”[2]

Pipes of Peace (song)

“Pipes of Peace” is a song written by Paul McCartney, which was first released on his album of the same name on 31 October 1983. It was also released as a single on 5 December 1983 and reached #1 on the UK singles charts for two weeks. The Song also reached #1 on the Irish Single Charts.[1]

In the United States, “Pipes of Peace” was issued as the B-side, and its British B-side, “So Bad”, was issued as the A-side.[2] “So Bad” reached #23 at the US Billboard Hot 100.[3] “So Bad” also reached #11 on the Canadian RPM Charts.

McCartney had previously had seventeen UK number one singles as a member of The Beatles, one as a member of Wings (“Mull of Kintyre”), and one with Stevie Wonder (“Ebony and Ivory”), but this was his first and only UK number one as a solo artist. He later appeared on five charity singles that reached number one: Band Aid (1984), Ferry Aid (1987), Ferry Cross the Mersey (1989), Band Aid 20 (2004) and The Justice Collective (2012).

Pretty Little Head (song)

“Pretty Little Head” is a song by Paul McCartney,[1] cowritten by McCartney, and 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart. The track is on his sixth studio solo album Press to Play. The track was McCartney’s 38th single, and his first which failed to chart, so, in an attempt to boost sales, he released his first ever cassette single.[1] It still failed to reach the top 75.[1]

The single was released at a length of 3:50 on the 7″ release (remixed by Larry Alexander), and as a 6:56 remix (mixed by John Potoker) on the 12″ release on the same day, 27 October 1986, and an extra track, “Angry”, was added to the 12″.[1] The cassette version was the same as the 12″, and was released on 17 November 1986.[1] Both of these lengths are different from the album version, which has a length of 5:14. (See Press to Play).

“Write Away”, the single’s B-side, is included only on the CD release of the album, resulting in the back of the single listing the A-side as “From the album” and the B-side as “From the compact disc”.[1]

Press (song)

“Press” is a song by Paul McCartney. It was released as a lead single from his sixth studio solo album, Press to Play, being McCartney’s 37th single. The single features the non-album track, “It’s Not True” as the B-side, which was also released as a bonus track on compact disc release of the album.

Though hitting the Top 30 in both the US (number 21, for 8 weeks[1])[2] and the UK (#25),[3] “Press” marked the beginning of a downturn of McCartney’s fortunes on the singles charts, as it was the first time since Back to the Egg in 1979 that a lead single from a McCartney album failed to hit the Top 20 in the US/UK. This may have been because “Press” did not fit neatly into album-oriented rock or adult-contemporary radio formats popular at the time.

Tug of War (Paul McCartney album)

Tug of War is the third solo studio album by Paul McCartney, discounting the seven studio albums with Wings, released in April 1982. It was McCartney’s first album released after the dissolution of Wings in April, 1981 and McCartney’s first album after the murder of former songwriting partner John Lennon. The album was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin and was a number #1 in numerous countries. It was hailed as a return-to-form for McCartney upon release.

Only Love Remains

“Only Love Remains” is the fourth single from Paul McCartney’s 1986 album, Press to Play. The song reached number 34 on the UK singles chart.[1][2]

The song was released as a 7″ single and a 12″ maxi single.[3] The single version of “Only Love Remains” is a remix by Jim Boyer and is different from the album version. The 12″ version of the single featured two more remixes of songs from Press to Play.

Once Upon a Long Ago

“Once Upon a Long Ago” is a Paul McCartney song, released as his fortieth single on 16 November 1987, as part of his compilation All the Best!, released two weeks before the single. The track was produced by Phil Ramone and mixed by George Martin, and features violin by Nigel Kennedy.[1]

It was reported in a 2011 biography[which?] that the origin of this song is with the film The Princess Bride. McCartney was approached by Director Rob Reiner to compose a couple of songs and the incidental music for the film. Reiner rejected as “too sentimental” the two songs Paul submitted: “Once Upon a Long Ago” and “Beautiful Night” and contracted with Mark Knopfler to complete the soundtrack.

Oh Woman, Oh Why

“Oh Woman, Oh Why” is a song written by English musician Paul McCartney, first released on the Apple Records label in February 1971 as the B-side to McCartney’s debut single as a solo artist, “Another Day”.

Upon release, “Another Day/Oh Woman, Oh Why” achieved a top-5 status in both the United Kingdom and the United States, reaching number 5 in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom in April, 1971.[1][2][3] The song has also been praised for McCartney’s impressive range of vocal pitch.

Off the Ground (song)

“Off the Ground” is a song by Paul McCartney and is from the album from the same name. The video can be seen on the DVD collection, The McCartney Years. The video was shot by Industrial Light & Magic. Some behind the scenes footage can be seen on the out of print VHS, Movin’ On. The video features “Soggy Noodle”, a short acoustic piece played as an intro which can be found as a B-side on the single release. In the US, it reached number 27 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1]

The song was played live during The New World Tour that followed the release of the album; however, the song was omitted on the live album, Paul Is Live.

Nod Your Head

“Nod Your Head” is a song by Paul McCartney and the closing track to his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. The song was released as a free download single from that album on 28 August 2007 via the iTunes Store. It was packaged with a music video for the song. McCartney played all the instruments on the song.[1]

Following “Ever Present Past” and “Dance Tonight”, “Nod Your Head” is the third song released from Memory Almost Full although it was released primarily as a free track through iTunes.

No More Lonely Nights

“No More Lonely Nights” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney,[1] which was first released in September 24, 1984. It can be heard on the soundtrack, Give My Regards to Broad Street.

Two versions of the single on both 7″ & 12″ as well as a 12″ picture disc were issued in both the U.K. and U.S. The first 7″ version featured “No More Lonely Nights” backed with the playout version. The second featured the Arthur Baker Dance Mix as the B-side.

The single reached #6 in the US and #2 in the UK.[2][3] In 1987, it was included in McCartney’s double album compilation, All the Best!.

My Brave Face

“My Brave Face” is a single from Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. Written by McCartney and Elvis Costello, “My Brave Face” is one of the most popular songs from Flowers in the Dirt. It peaked at #18 in the United Kingdom a week after its debut, and #25 in the United States 7 weeks after its debut.[1][2] It was McCartney’s last top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 until his 2014 collaboration with Kanye West, “Only One”.

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song’s chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

Mrs. Vandebilt

“Mrs. Vandebilt” is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings from the album Band on the Run. The track was not issued as a single in the UK or US, but was a single in Continental Europe and Australia.

The opening lines of the song are taken from the catchphrase of English music hall performer Charlie Chester. Chester’s catchphrase was “Down in the jungle living in a tent, better than a bungalow, no rent”;[1] the lyrics changed this to “Down in the jungle living in a tent, You don’t use money you don’t pay rent”.

Howie Casey is featured with a saxophone solo.[2]

The song was recorded during the album sessions in Lagos, Nigeria. The studio suffered a power outage during the session, but the recording continued with backup generators. Additional overdubs were later done in London.[3]

The forced laughter that closed Mrs Vandebilt was influenced by Charlie Chester’s effects on his studio audience. Wings added more laughter in London’s AIR Studios after returning from Lagos, Nigeria. McCartney recalled: “The laughing? It started off in Africa. We were doing sort of daft laughs at the end. When we got back we eventually overdubbed this crowd of people who were laughing. It was great listening to the tapes, trying to select the little bit of laughter that we would use. Most of it was us, but we need a little bit to cushion it up. It was great listening to a roomful of people laughing in stereo. They were getting into all these laughing bits, and we were on the floor.” [4]

Maybe I’m Amazed

“Maybe I’m Amazed” is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles.
Although the original recording has never been released as a single, a live performance by McCartney’s later band Wings, from the live album Wings over America, was. This version became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 28 in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

Pipes of Peace

Pipes of Peace is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Paul McCartney using his own name, released in 1983. As the follow-up to the popular Tug of War, the album came close to matching the commercial success of its predecessor in Britain but peaked only at number 15 on America’s Billboard 200 albums chart. While Pipes of Peace was the source of international hit singles such as “Say Say Say” (recorded with Michael Jackson) and the title track, the critical response to the album was less favourable than that afforded to Tug of War.


“Mamunia” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that first appeared on Wings’ 1973 album Band on the Run. It was also released as the B-side of the “Jet” single in the US, but was replaced by “Let Me Roll It” when “Mamunia” was being considered as a possible future A-side.[1][2][3]

“Mamunia” was written in Marrakesh early in 1973.[1] The title was inspired by the hotel Mamounia in which the McCartneys were staying at the time.[1][2][3] Mamounia means “safe haven” in Arabic.[1][2][3] According to author John Blaney, McCartney used the term as a “metaphor for rebirth.”[1] “Mamunia” is one of several songs on Band on the Run, including title track and “Bluebird,” which espouse a theme of escape and freedom.[4] The song’s verses use rain as a metaphor for the difficult times people face.[5] The song’s message is to not complain about difficult times because everyone faces tough times and it’s better to focus on your “safe haven” during those times.[5]

Let Me Roll It

“Let Me Roll It” is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings released on the 1973 album Band on the Run. The song was also released as the B-side to “Jet” in early 1974, and has remained a staple of McCartney’s live concerts since it was first released.

Some critics[who?] saw the song as a pastiche of John Lennon’s sound, particularly the riff and the use of tape echo on the vocals. McCartney, however, didn’t intend the song to be a pastiche of Lennon. He did say the vocal “does sound like John… I hadn’t realised I’d sung it like John.”[1]

Since its first release, McCartney has performed “Let Me Roll It” in his live concerts. He has also included live versions of the song on several live albums, including Wings over America, Paul Is Live, Back in the U.S. (and Back in the World), and Good Evening New York City.

Helen Wheels

“Helen Wheels” is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. The song was named after Paul and Linda McCartney’s Land Rover, which they nicknamed “Helen Wheels”.

The song was released as a single prior to Band on the Run and was not included on British release of the album. However, Capitol Records vice president of promotion Al Coury persuaded McCartney to include it on the American release. The song peaked at number 10 in the United States on 12 January 1974 and at number 12 in the United Kingdom charts.[1][2]

In the book Paul McCartney In His Own Words published in 1976, McCartney said:

“Helen Wheels is our land rover. It’s a name we gave to our land rover, which is a trusted vehicle that gets us around Scotland. It takes us up to the Shetland Islands and down to London. The song starts off in Glasgow, and it goes past Carlisle, goes to Kendal, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. It’s the route coming down from our Scottish farm to London, so it’s really the story of the trip down. Little images along the way. Liverpool is on the West coast of England, so that is all that means.”[3]

Here Today (Paul McCartney song)

“Here Today” is a song by Paul McCartney from his 1982 album Tug of War. McCartney wrote the song about his relationship with and love for John Lennon, who had been murdered less than two years before.[1] He stated the song was composed in the form of an imaginary conversation the pair might have had. The song was produced by The Beatles’ producer George Martin. Although not released as a single, the song reached #46 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.[2]

Girls’ School (song)

“Girls’ School” is a song by Wings released in 1977.

Written and produced by Paul McCartney during the first sessions for London Town (before recording was stopped due to Linda McCartney’s pregnancy), it was released as a double A-side single with “Mull of Kintyre”. Accordingly, it was part of the band’s sole UK number one, spending nine weeks at the top in December 1977 and January 1978, although in the UK “Mull of Kintyre” was by far the more popular song. “Girls’ School” was in complete contrast to its flip side, being an uptempo rock song.

In the United States “Girls’ School” was the more prominently played side, but it only reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 in Canada.[1][2]

Girlfriend (Paul McCartney song)

“Girlfriend” is a song written by Paul McCartney. McCartney thought of the song as one that Michael Jackson might like to record, and mentioned this to Jackson at a party in Hollywood. Jackson had stated in interviews with the music press in the 1970s that he was a fan of The Beatles and the chance to record a McCartney original helped to inspire his next project. However, McCartney ended up recording it himself with his band Wings, and it was issued in 1978 on the album London Town. Subsequently, it was suggested by Quincy Jones as a possible track for Jackson to record for his 1979 album Off the Wall. Jones was unaware that the song had been written for Jackson in the first place. Jackson’s recording omitted the middle eight heard in McCartney’s version. It was issued as a single in 1980, in the UK only, as the fifth and final single from the Off the Wall album. This proved to be another hit single for Jackson and one of his first recordings of a Paul McCartney song.

McCartney and Jackson subsequently worked together on “The Girl Is Mine” from Thriller, as well as “Say Say Say”, and “The Man” from Pipes of Peace. In 1985, Jackson acquired the ATV Music Publishing catalog (which held the rights to nearly every Beatles song) uncontested by McCartney.[1][2][3] According to McCartney, they “drifted apart” after he talked to Jackson about getting a “raise” and Jackson did not act on it.[4]

From a Lover to a Friend

“From a Lover to a Friend” is a song by Paul McCartney, featured on his 2001 album Driving Rain. It was released as a single and spent two weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #45.[1] It also reached #6 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[2] In the U.S. it became the b-side to his single “Freedom” and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Critics saw the song as a ballad in which McCartney tries to come to terms with the death of his wife Linda,[3] singing “let me love again”; McCartney, however, was less certain whom the song was about in an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show.[4] The Guardian called it a “masterpiece… so delicate and honest that it sounds pretty much perfect.”[3]

“From a Lover to a Friend” was recorded on 27 February 2001 with Paul playing bass and piano, Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing drums, Rusty Anderson on 12-string electric guitar, and Gabe Dixon on piano.[5]

Freedom (Paul McCartney song)

“Freedom” is a song written and recorded by Paul McCartney in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001. McCartney was in New York City at the time of the attacks and witnessed the event while sitting in a plane parked on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.[1]

The song was released in two versions: a single, billed as a studio version (recorded in Quad Studios, New York), and an on McCartney’s album Driving Rain, single CD of Freedom was available during Super Bowl[when?] billed as a live version[vague]. Both versions feature Eric Clapton on lead guitar with McCartney’s touring band. The live album version also featured studio overdubs from the sessions that produced the single CD version. Sir Paul McCartney wanted Americans to help their fellow citizens by buying “Freedom” and donated all proceeds to 9/11 victims. He also wrote anonymous cheques to several New York police officers to help them with medical recovery.

The song was featured at the Super Bowl XXXVI pregame show with a Statue of Liberty tapestry rising up in the background as a tribute to the victims of 9/11. McCartney performed the song frequently on his 2002 Driving USA Tour, with most of the proceeds from the Driving USA tour going to victims of 9/11. The song also appeared on the live album Back in the U.S.

Flying to My Home

“Flying to My Home” is a song written by Paul McCartney in 1989. It was released as the B-side to the “My Brave Face” single from the album Flowers in the Dirt. Niles Krieger’s Vibrophone track was originally intended to be the centrepiece of the song. However, when the track was being mixed, the Vibrophone part was mixed down and buried under the percussion played by David Slitzky. Krieger has been quoted as saying “Working with Paul was one of the highlights of my career.” The song ended up being placed into the Paul McCartney lyrics book entitled Blackbird Singing numerous years following its initial release. The song is available on the 1993 remastered CD version of Flowers in the Dirt.[1]

Figure of Eight (song)

“Figure of Eight” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. After the completion of the album, McCartney recorded a new version for single release, using his newly formed touring band.[1] The single version is unusual in running nearly two minutes longer than the album version, rather than following the typical radio edit pattern of shortening the track for single release. Despite this quirk, the single reached number 42 on the UK singles chart[2][3] and number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

“Figure of Eight” was the opening song throughout McCartney’s 1989–1990 world concert tour. A version recorded in Rotterdam on 10 November 1989 appeared on the live album from the tour, Tripping the Live Fantastic.[5]

Every Night (Paul McCartney song)

“Every Night” is a song written by Paul McCartney while he was on holiday in Greece,[1][2] and first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. McCartney first performed this live, in Liverpool, on 23 November 1979.[3]

The lyrics of “Every Night” reflect the difficult situation McCartney was dealing with at the time the song was written in light of the imminent breakup of the Beatles, but also reflect optimism for the future.[4] According to James McGrath, the last line of the song, “But tonight I just wanna stay in / And be with you,” is the key to the song, in that it “quietly challenges the uneasy relationship between rock and domesticity.”[4] McGrath notes that Bob Dylan’s song from the previous year, “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You,” ended on a similar note.[4]

Ever Present Past

“Ever Present Past” is a song by Paul McCartney and is the second track on his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. The song was also released as the first single from that album in the United States on 15 May 2007. The video for the song was premiered on 1 October 2007. McCartney played all the instruments on the song.[1]

The song was released as the second British single from Memory Almost Full on 5 November 2007 and debuted a week later at #85 in the UK Singles Chart (see 2007 in British music).[2] The single package included a unique “cut out and make your own mobius strip” insert.

The song was used in promotions for the premiere of Private Practice on ABC in Fall 2007.

Memory Almost Full

Memory Almost Full is the fourteenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, discounting his Wings-and-Beatles-era discography, his orchestral works and his output as the Fireman. It was released in the United Kingdom on 4 June 2007 and in the United States a day later. The album was the first release on Starbucks’ Hear Music label. It was produced by David Kahne and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, AIR Studios, Hog Hill Mill Studios and RAK Studios between October 2003, and from 2006 to February 2007.[1] In between the 2003 and 2006 sessions, McCartney was working on another studio album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005), with producer Nigel Godrich.

Memory Almost Full reached the Top 5 in both the UK and US, as well as Denmark, Sweden, Greece, and Norway. The Grammy-nominated album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide[2] and has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies just in the United States.[3] The album was released in three versions: a single disc, a 2-CD set, and a CD/DVD deluxe edition, the latter of which was released on 6 November 2007.

Dear Boy (song)

“Dear Boy” is a song from the Paul McCartney album Ram. Credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, the song was written during the couple’s lengthy holiday on their farm in the Mull of Kintyre. The lyrics were written by Paul about how lucky he was to have Linda.

“Dear Boy” was written as an autobiographical song about his relationship with his wife, Linda. He says in a 1971 interview,

“Dear Boy was my attempt at an autobiography about myself and how lucky I was to have Linda. I never realized how lucky I was to have her until I began writing the song.”[1]

“Dear Boy” was also written as a message to Linda McCartney’s ex-husband, Joseph Melville See, about how See missed out on Linda. In the 2012 RAM Special Edition Documentary, Paul describes the song as written about Linda’s former husband, Joseph Melville See Jr., and the things he hadn’t seen in her. He said on the topic in 2001,

Dear Boy was actually a song to Linda’s ex-husband: ‘I guess you never knew what you had missed.’ I never told him that, which was lucky, because he’s since committed suicide. And it was a comment about him, ’cause I did think, ‘Gosh, you know, she’s so amazing, I suppose you didn’t get it.'[1]

Dance Tonight

“Dance Tonight” is a song by Paul McCartney, the opening track to his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. The song was released as a download single in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2007, McCartney’s 65th birthday.[1] A week later, the song debuted at number 34 in the UK Singles Chart. The UK single was also issued as a picture disc that came in a plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert. On 1 July, the song peaked at number 26 in the UK charts.[2][3] This is the final single of McCartney’s to date to have charted in the UK top 75. The song was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

In the United States, it was released as the second single from the album. The song also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 69.[4][5] It marked McCartney’s final appearance in the Hot 100 until 2015.

McCartney performed the song live as a duet with Australian singer Kylie Minogue on Jools Holland’s 2007 New Year’s Eve television special Hootenanny.

The song was recently used on PBS network Thirteen, advertising its May 2013 lineup.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is the thirteenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney (discounting his Wings-era discography, his classical works and his output as the Fireman), released in 2005. A long time in the making, the set was produced by Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich at George Martin’s suggestion.

McCartney plays almost all of the instruments, similar to his 1970 album McCartney and the 1980 McCartney II album. In addition, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard marks the first time since 1984’s Give My Regards to Broad Street that McCartney was not involved in producing one of his studio albums.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was McCartney’s last rock album release for longtime label EMI. He signed a deal with Hear Music, owned by Starbucks, in March 2007.[1] He later returned to his old label Capitol Records in 2016.

Calico Skies

“Calico Skies” is the sixth song on Paul McCartney’s 1997 album, Flaming Pie.

McCartney had been staying in Long Island when the category-three storm Hurricane Bob that made landfall had hit in August 1991. This made McCartney sit with an acoustic guitar and write what he describes as “a gentle love song that becomes a 1960s protest song”. The song was co-produced by George Martin and McCartney, being started, finished, and mixed within a single session on 3 September 1992 in Sussex, England. It is the earliest recording on Flaming Pie.

McCartney says of the song: “Bob, the hurricane, knocked out all the power; it was all candle-light, cooking on a woodfire. Very primitive, but we like that enforced simplicity. I couldn’t play records, so I made up little acoustic pieces. This was one of them – it’s a primitive little powercut memory.”

“Calico Skies” was arranged for string quartet; this version was included on McCartney’s 1999 album Working Classical. The song was also re-recorded for inclusion on the album Hope which was released in 2003 to aid victims of the Iraq war.

Bluebird (Paul McCartney and Wings song)

“Bluebird” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that was originally released on the Wings’ album Band on the Run. According to author John Blaney, it was written during a vacation in Jamaica.[1] However, author Vincent Benitz claims the song was written as early as 1970 or 1971, noting that Paul and Linda sang the song during a live interview in New York City in 1971.[2] In Continental Europe it was also released as the B-side of the “Mrs Vandebilt” single.[3]

Biker Like an Icon

“Biker Like an Icon” is a song by Paul McCartney from his 1993 album Off the Ground. It was released as 7″ and CD singles. The music video for the song first aired on MTV’s First Look television show.[1] The clip was repeated the following day.[1] Commenting this song, Paul McCartney stated that the line “Biker like an icon” came from a conversation about photo cameras with his wife Linda McCartney. The phrase “I like a Leica” became “I like a Nikon” and the lyrics were built around that line with a story of a girl loving a biker like an icon.

Beautiful Night (Paul McCartney song)

“Beautiful Night” is a song by Paul McCartney and is the 13th track on his 1997 album Flaming Pie. In December 1997, it was released as the third and final single from that album, peaking at number 25 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1997 in British music).[1]

The song was originally recorded in August 1986 in New York, but never released in the United States. That version can be heard on the CD single as part of the “Oobu Joobu” section.

The song features the first of two collaborations McCartney performed with Ringo Starr on Flaming Pie (the second being “Really Love You”) as well as an orchestration by George Martin, recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Another Day (Paul McCartney song)

“Another Day” is a song recorded by Paul McCartney in New York in 1970, during the sessions for his album Ram. Although it was the first single of McCartney’s solo career, “Another Day” was written and previewed during the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions in 1969.[1][2][3] It was released on 19 February 1971 in the UK, with “Oh Woman, Oh Why” as the B-side.[4][5] Neither song was included on the Ram album.

“Another Day” is written in an observational style reminiscent of “Eleanor Rigby”; Denny Seiwell, the drummer from the Ram Sessions, called it “‘Eleanor Rigby’ in New York City.”[6][7] The lyrics describe the drudgery and sadness of an unnamed woman’s life at work and at home.

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