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Released in 1997

After heavy light years - Cell Growth

Written by Paul McCartney

Last updated on July 8, 2020

Album This song officially appears on the Standing Stone Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 1997

Timeline This song was written, or began to be written, in 1994, when Paul McCartney was 52 years old)

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Related sessions

This song was recorded during the following studio sessions:

Cell Growth is the second track of the first movement – entitled “After Heavy Light Years” – of Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone, released in 1997.


After heavy light years

of tenacious trajectory

a ball of fire spat through space

spitting sparks and flames

at new blue universe.

The rains came and came

and extinguished livid flames.

A resistant hiss.

Brooding underground,

a sullen skulking sulk.

Still air hung still.

Silent peaks draped with mist.

A rumbling distance, flash lit

rain soaked slopes; valleys

filled with long quiet lakes.

Still air hung still.

Soothed land lay damp.

Reflecting water skimmed the blue

it was hurled through.

Down low toes of ocean rock

streams of lava froze in shock,

arms locked

round stone lover.

Wept sky swept and grey.

A rainbow bridge

cuts mountain tops.

Souped in pea green

a single cell bulb flicked

to life.

Cell burst,

a shot blot page on time,

and grew to be

all living things.

*Lyrics taken from the whole of Movement I - After Heavy Light Years

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After heavy light years - Cell Growth” has been played in 30 concerts.

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