The Paul McCartney Project

Broomstick

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Young Boy #2 EP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1995 (Paul McCartney was 53 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




Recording "Broomstick"

Starting May 04, 1995

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Song facts

Broomstick” is a song recorded during the sessions of the 1997 album “Flaming Pie“, and released as a B-side of the single “Young Boy“. The song ended up being one of three Paul McCartney / Steve Miller contenders for the “Flaming Pie” album; the other two, “Young Boy” and “Used To Be Bad” made it onto the album.

We just made that up. I said, ‘Here’s a little rhythm track,’ and he started playing drums, and then he started singing. We didn’t know what we were doing – we were just jamming and not worrying about it… it was weird because it was just such a flight of fantasy, but one of the things about Paul is his imagination is so great, as a writer. When somebody sits down and tosses that off, you kind of go, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’

Steve Miller, talking about “Broomstick”, from the 2020 Flaming Pie Archive Collection book

Broomstick” was included in the 2020 reissue of “Flaming Pie” but was not remastered. To promote this Archive Collection, an instrumental version was released on the RollingStone website:

[…] The previously unreleased version of “Broomstick” premiering here, which will not appear on the box set, is an all-acoustic instrumental jam that features just McCartney and Miller. As he did on both of his McCartney albums — on which he tracked the guitar, bass, and drums himself — McCartney handles most of the heavy lifting, while Miller plays guitar. This version also lacks the sound effects that closed out the more-familiar version. […]

The working title for the track was “Slow Blues“.

Last updated on September 26, 2020

Lyrics

As long as we're together, it's gonna be just fine cause I heard it on the wind,
howling through the middle of the mind.
A little pinch of pepper, a little speck of spice,
stir it in the cauldron and come up with something nice.

As long as we're together, it's gonna be just fine cause I heard it on the wind,
howling through the middle of the mind.
Yeah, I heard it on the wind, howling through the middle of the night.

A little dash of magic, a little splash of light,
jump aboard my broomstick, come and join me for a flight.
As long as we're together, it's gonna be just fine,
well, I heard it on the broosmtick, dashing through the middle of the night.
Yeah, there I was, out on my broomstick again.

And he told me once and he told me twice, but I heard in the middle of the night.
A little dash of magic, a little splash of light,
put it in your camera and it's gonna turn out alright
As long as were together, it's gonna be just fine, yeah, all the time, yeah.
You know I heard it on the broomstick, howling through the middle of the mind.

While I was on my broomstick. Well, I heard it on the wind,
howling in the middle of the night.
Oh yeah, as long as we're together, gonna be alright

Officially appears on


Young Boy #2

EP • Released in 1997

5.09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

5:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2020 exclusive downloads

Download • Released in 2020

5:18 • Studio versionB • Instrumental version

Performed by :
Paul McCartneySteve Miller

Session Recording:
May 1995 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

5:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


B-Sides Complete Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

5:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


UK Singles Collection - Volume 06

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

5:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

5:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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