The Paul McCartney Project

Celebration

Written by Paul McCartney

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

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



"Standing Stone" recording sessions

Apr 30, May 01 & May 02, 1997

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Song facts

Above all, I wanted Standing Stone to end with a celebratory passage. Besides the original sketches that I made for the work, I also had a tune that I wrote years ago but never found a use for. My children had grown up with it, my father-in-law liked it, and I always felt it was part of the family. I want everyone to leave happy after a performance of Standing Stone, since I write for people.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N°83, Autumn 1997

Last updated on July 8, 2020

Lyrics

High above this overcrowded place
A little blackbird flies through space
and all he does
is search for love

Love is all that matters in the end
Whatever time I have to spend
will be with you
Forever true

Love is the oldest
secret of the universe
Warm as the sun
on two iridescent lovers
when they discover

that now
is all we ever really know
the past and future come and go
Because they do
I'll stay with you.

(Choir brings to rest:)

the past and future come and go
Because they do
I'll stay with you

Officially appears on


Standing Stone

Official album • Released in 1997

6:16 • Classical versionA • Andante

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Technical engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Keith Smith :
Technical engineer
John Kurlander :
Balance engineer
John Fraser :
Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Conductor
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Musical associate
Janice Graham :
Orchestra leader
Stephen Westrop :
Chorusmaster
Simon Kiln :
Editor
David Matthews :
Musical associate
John Harle :
Musical associate
Steve Lodder :
Musical associate

Session Recording:
Mar 03 & 04, 1997
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 30, May 01 & May 02, 1997
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Standing Stone - Q & A With Paul McCartney

Official album • Released in 1997

6:15 • Classical versionA

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Technical engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Keith Smith :
Technical engineer
John Kurlander :
Balance engineer
John Fraser :
Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Conductor
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Musical associate
Janice Graham :
Orchestra leader
Stephen Westrop :
Chorusmaster
Simon Kiln :
Editor
David Matthews :
Musical associate
John Harle :
Musical associate
Steve Lodder :
Musical associate

Celebration

CD Single • Released in 1997

6:15 • Classical versionA

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Technical engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Keith Smith :
Technical engineer
John Kurlander :
Balance engineer
John Fraser :
Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Conductor
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Musical associate
Janice Graham :
Orchestra leader
Stephen Westrop :
Chorusmaster
Simon Kiln :
Editor
David Matthews :
Musical associate
John Harle :
Musical associate
Steve Lodder :
Musical associate

Celebration

CD Single • Released in 1997

6:15 • Classical versionA

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Technical engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Keith Smith :
Technical engineer
John Kurlander :
Balance engineer
John Fraser :
Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Conductor
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Musical associate
Janice Graham :
Orchestra leader
Stephen Westrop :
Chorusmaster
Simon Kiln :
Editor
David Matthews :
Musical associate
John Harle :
Musical associate
Steve Lodder :
Musical associate

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.27

Unofficial album

2:57 • Studio version


Celebration In Colorado

Unofficial live

3:01 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005



Gothenburg Soundcheck

Unofficial live

3:22 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on Jun 12, 2004


Gothenburg Soundcheck

Unofficial live

4:49 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on Jun 12, 2004


Videos

Live performances

“Celebration” has been played in 36 concerts and 65 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where has been played








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