Recording "Young Boy"

Started Feb 22, 1995 • For Paul McCartney

Part of

Flaming Pie sessions at Steve Miller's home studio

Feb 18, 1995 till end of month • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Steve Miller's home studio, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Master release

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Young Boy” was recorded with Steve Miller, when Paul visited him in his own studio, in Idaho.

“Young Boy” was another of these “set yourself an arbitrary deadline” goal. In fact, it started to be just a “Poor Boy”. “Just a poor boy looking for a way to find love”. The “Poor Boy” reminded me like an old Elvis song and “Poor Boy” just had too many connotations. So “Young Boy” was better, I liked the word better, “Young Boy”.

And I started making up this song, you know, just thinking about all the young people I know who are in that position, who are just starting off on a romance or starting to find their partner or whatever. And I just became a subject, you know, I remember it well enough myself. “Looking for a way to find love”… I mean I remember this whole process of finding out somebody who’s for me. But how am I ever going to meet her? Just 300.000.000 of them. It’s very perplexing at that age – fingers crossed – that’s all you can do.

First of all, I called up Steve Miller. I said, Look I have a song, a song called “Young Boy”, I think we could do it great, how about it, he said, “Come out”. He’s got a studio in Sun Valley Idaho. I said, “yeah, alright, I’m off”.

Paul McCartney, in the “Flaming Pie Radio Special”

I invited him over to my studio and we recorded “Young Boy” which was really a lot of fun. It was really a neat trip for me because it was completely different than anything than I would normally play and record. And so I got to play lead on top of, you know, some different changes and stuff and singing some different kinds of harmonies it was really fun. For me, it’s sort of like being around Mozart or something. It’s a remarkable experience because Paul is so talented. He plays drums, he plays bass, he plays guitar, and he was in the Beatles, a great band… And he writes classical music and he’s just an amazingly creative person to be around. He’s absolutely pleasant, very polite, really fun to work with, and we have nothing but a good time every time we get together.

Steve Miller, in the “Flaming Pie Radio Special”

Those sessions with Steve Miller started on Feb 18, 1995. Work on “Young Boy” started on Feb 22.

Last updated on September 6, 2020

Songs recorded


Young Boy

Written by Paul McCartney


Going further

Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

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