The Paul McCartney Project

Cage

Written by Paul McCartneyUnreleased song
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other songs from the "Back To The Egg" era

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Song facts

Cage – recorded in Pauls home studio in Campbeltown, Scotland, called Spirit of Rachanan, in July 1979. Originally meant as the closing track of Back to the Egg, but at the last minute replaced by ‘Baby’s Request’.

Although it was not destined to make the final album sequence, we spent some serious time on this song. Based on a series of fragments, contrasting the riff-driven “Emotional Moments/CAGE” intro and outro with a rolling medium-tempo pop core. The title came from the notes of the guitar riff: C-A-G-E. We later added a calliope-like bridge section. One session at the castle was spent placing microphones around Paul’s Rolls-Royce to capture the sound of the car horn. It was not the most productive few hours and the part worked much better on a Mini Moog.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

Last updated on February 8, 2020

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

3:08 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

3:08 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

3:57 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

3:08 • Outtake


Tug Of War Rehearsal

Unofficial album

4:29 • Studio rehearsal

Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio:
Pugin's Hall


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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