A Certain Softness

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005

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Song facts

From an interview of Paul by Gary Crowley (2005 UK promotional only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London ; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1):

Certain Softness is just a straightforward love song, to me. I like things like Brazilian music, I like that sort of rhythmic, Latin y kind of thing. I think it’s sexy, very romantic, and I was actually on a holiday, where I do a lot of writing because it’s where I’ve got a lot of time. Here’s me, I go on holiday to work! I don’t think of it as work, it’s more, I just enjoy just sitting around. And I was in Greece, actually, on a boat trip, and this sort of Latin y moment came upon me. I just found some nice chords and this idea of a certain softness in her eyes and a certain sadness haunts me. It’s just sort of all the love songs that I’ve heard and the ones I love, cos I love a lot of old fashioned stuff, it’s just so well crated. I have v lot of influences from before my time, before my dad’s time even you know, people like Fred Astaire, people like that I listen to and love really. The craft behind it all. So sometimes all that just floods in and becomes a new song. If I’m lucky. And that was one of them and I like very much the way we recorded it, which was very simple. It was just me playing guitar, and we just decided to have a go at it. And this was in LA and the bongo player, Joey, was just sitting on the floor, and the guitar player was just sort of sitting there, and I had a guitar, so it was just 2 guitars and bongos, so it was very informal. But we just got a good little take on it, you know and so then we built it up from there, and its got a very intimate sound on the record. I like particularly the sound on that record.

Last updated on December 3rd, 2014

Lyrics

A certain softness in her eyes
Fascinates me
More than I ever thought it would a certain softness
A certain softness in her eyes
Got me hooked, got me hooked

A kind of sadness in her smile
Captivates me
Surer than anything that's sure a kind of sadness
Surer than anything before
A kind of sadness in her smile
Got me hooked, got me hooked, got me hooked

If I could even find the words to tell her
I wouldn't want to anyway
'Cos that would only break the spell
And you know very well
I couldn't betray her

A touch of wildness in her style
Haunts my memory
More than I ever thought it would a touch of wildness
More than I ever thought it could
A touch of wildness in her style
Got me hooked, got me hooked, got me hooked

A certain softness in her eyes
Fascinates me
More than I ever thought it would a certain softness
More than I ever thought it could
A certain softness in her eyes
Got me hooked, got me hooked, got me hooked

Officially appears on


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

2:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Crown upright piano, Cymbal, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Paiste gong, Petersen classical guitar, Triangle, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer
Jason Falkner:
Classical guitar.
Joey Waronker:
Bass drum, Bongos, Shaker.

Recording:
April 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:42 • Studio versionA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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