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Confidante

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Egypt Station Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Confidante” is a track from 2018 album “Egypt Station“. Paul McCartney premiered the song before the release of the album during his July 2018 concert at The Cavern, and introduced it by explaining:

When I was a kid I’d be playing that guitar all the time. But I hadn’t done it for a while. It was there looking a bit forlorn. It used to be my confidante, my under-the-staircase friend. I had other friends!

Paul McCartney

From “Words Between The Tracks” YouTube series:

With the song “Confidante”, I happened to be at home and I was looking in the corner where, propped up, was my old Martin guitar that I normally just have there, so if I feel like playing the guitar, I’ll take it down and play it or try and write a song or whatever you do.

And I thought to myself, I haven’t had time lately to play guitar. And it reminded me that when we first got guitars years and years ago they would be like a friend. It would be like a confidant. You’d go off into a corner, and you’d write a little song, and you would sort-of almost tell your troubles to your guitar.

It’s a love song to the guitar, how the guitar was my confidant, and I told you every little secret thing, and, in fact, unlike my other so-called friends, you stood beside me while I fought. So it became a symbol of the guitar as a mate, as a friend, as a confidant.

Paul McCartney
Each track of “Egypt Station” has been given individual artwork that was first published on Twitter on August 14, 2018
From Twitter –  Paul with his ‘Confidante’ 2018. Photo by @maryamccartney

Last updated on October 3, 2018

Lyrics

You used to be my confidante
My underneath the staircase friend
But I fell out of love with you
And brought our romance to an end

I played with you throughout the day
And told you every secret thought
Unlike my other so-called friends
You stood beside me as I fought

In your reflected glory I
Could dream of shining far off lands
Where serpents turn to bits of string
And played like kittens in my hand

In our imaginary world
Where butterflies wear army boots
And stomp around the forest chanting
Long lost anthems
Long lost anthems

You used to be my confidante
My underneath the staircase friend
But I fell out of love with you
And brought our romance to an end

I played with you throughout the day
And told you every secret thought
Unlike my other so-called friends
You stood beside me as I fought
You stood beside me as I fought

You used to be my confidante

Officially appears on


Egypt Station

Official album • Released in 2018

3:04 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Co-producer, Piano, Vocals
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Greg Kurstin:
Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Deluxe edition)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:04 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Co-producer, Piano, Vocals
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Greg Kurstin:
Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Videos

Album • Egypt Station

Live performances

“Confidante” has been played in 3 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Confidante” has been played


Secret gig at The Cavern Club

Jul 26, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation from LIPA

Jul 25, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts


"Under The Staircase" Spotify show

Jul 23, 2018 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios


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Robert 3 months ago

That is a absolute blinder pure mcartney