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Cosmically Conscious

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off the Ground 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The [Off The Ground CD] hidden track, a short excerpt of “Cosmically Conscious”, was originally written by McCartney in 1968 during The Beatles’ stay in Rishikesh. A full length version of the recording was released as the B-side of the “Off the Ground” single and later included on Off the Ground: The Complete Works.

From The Beatles Rarity, April 7, 2009:

This past Saturday (April 4th) at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed together for the first time since November 2002, when they were guests at the Concert for George event. Saturday’s event raised 3 million dollars for the David Lynch Foundation‘s cause of teaching one million children the technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM). One of the selections Paul performed at the event with Ringo on the drum kit had never been performed on stage before. “Cosmically Conscious” was written by Paul in 1968 while The Beatles studied TM in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Many years later, in early 1992 while Paul was recording his Off The Ground CD, he completed a studio recording of this interesting song. However only a short snippet of it appeared on Off The Ground as an unlisted final track. The complete version was released as a b-side on a CD single in April 1993 but that has been out of print since the mid-90’s by which time the first (and only) pressings were bought up. […]

Last updated on November 13, 2016

Lyrics

Come and be cosmically conscious
Cosmically conscious with me
Come and be cosmically conscious
Cosmically conscious with me
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy
Such a joy

To be cosmically conscious,
Cosmically conscious with me
How to be cosmically conscious
Cosmically conscious with me
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy

Come and be cosmically conscious
Cosmically conscious with me
How to be cosmically conscious
Cosmically conscious with me
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy

Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy, joy
Such a joy

(Repeat)

Cosmically conscious

Officially appears on


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

4:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Mandolin
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Off the Ground

7" Single • Released in 1993

4:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Mandolin
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Off the Ground

CD Single • Released in 1993

4:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Mandolin
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs



B-Sides Complete Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Mandolin
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


UK Singles Collection - Volume 05

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Mandolin
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon



And Then There Were Two

Unofficial live • Released in 2014

5:19 • Live


Live performances

“Cosmically Conscious” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Cosmically Conscious” has been played


'Change Begins Within' - David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert

Apr 04, 2009 • USA • New York • Radio City Music Hall


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