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Blue Sway

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2011
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other outtakes from "McCartney II"

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Song facts

Blue Sway” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, recorded during the sessions for “McCartney II” in 1979. It remained officially unissued till the the re-edition of “McCartney II” ┬áin 2011, as part of the Archive Collection.

From Paul McCartney YouTube channel (June 2011):

Paul McCartney recruited award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video for his previously unreleased track “Blue Sway.” Written nearly 20 years ago, McCartney’s never-before released song, “Blue Sway,” is available for the first time on the bonus audio disc of the special edition of McCartney II. The music video created by McCoy is also featured on the bonus DVD included in the set. McCartney II will be released on June 14th by MPL and Concord Music Group.

Jack McCoy has been capturing the surfing vision in a truly unique way. Using a high powered underwater jet ski, the filmmaker found that he was able to travel behind a wave, creating underwater images that have never been seen before.

Over the past couple of years, McCoy set out to capture footage for his surf film, A Deeper Shade of Blue. During the editing process, McCoy put one of his surfing sequences to a song off McCartney’s The Fireman album. A mutual friend, Chris Thomas, saw the footage while visiting McCoy in Australia, and when he returned to the UK he gave McCartney a copy of the sequence.

“Paul was pretty stoked with what I’d created. He immediately thought my images might be suitable to go with his unreleased song “Blue Sway.” said McCoy.

McCoy spent the next six weeks creating the music video, while also working full days on making A Deeper Shade of Blue. McCoy compiled and edited footage that he filmed off Tahiti’s Teahupoo reef to create what became the “Blue Sway” video.

“When I saw Jack McCoy’s underwater surfing footage put to the soundtrack of “Blue Sway” I was blown away,” said McCartney.

“Blue Sway” won ‘Best Music Video’ at NYC BE FILM Short Festival this past May, and the video will be featured as part of Surfrider Foundation’s summer PSA campaign. Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

Last updated on November 13, 2016

Officially appears on


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

4:37 • Studio versionA • With Richard Niles Orchestration

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Jon Kelly:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording engineer
Richard Niles:
Orchestration

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

0:00 • Studio versionB

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.13

Unofficial album

6:47 • Studio version


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

6:36 • Rough mix

Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home at Peasmarsh, East Sussex ; Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

6:27 • Studio version


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:35 • Studio version • [with Richard Niles Orchestration]


Studio Rarities - Volume 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

6:08 • Outtake

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Katie 5 months ago

Hi, I was wondering if you knew what the lyrics are for this song? I find it gorgeous, but the lyrics are nearly impossible to make out so I wanted to see if I could find them here.


The PaulMcCartney Project 5 months ago

Hi Katie,
Unfortunately the lyrics have not been published and we are left with guesses. A user of the official maccaboard has suggested the following ones :

Any time that you want, I know
How it feels when outside I go,
I sleep... with tears all around
Anyway, you're the one I see
What d'you feel you've done to me?
I feel blue sway
Blue sway
All day blue sway now

See http://maccaboard.paulmccartney.com/forum/thread/21261?page=1


Katie 5 months ago

Thank you very much. I understand that there isn't any official lyrics, but those sound pretty accurate.