The Paul McCartney Project

Deep Deep Feeling

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2019 (Paul McCartney was 77 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

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Song facts

Deep Deep Feeling” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“.

‘Deep Deep Feeling’ is the longest song on ‘McCartney III’ clocking in at nearly eight and a half minutes. It’s also one of the most experimental tracks on the album. Paul used his Brenall 1/4″ reel-to-reel to layer guitar parts and create what he referred as the “guitar orchestra”. The often resulted in there being 40 guitar tracks for each chord. Paul did consider editing the track’s length. But, as the sessions came about by accident, he decided to leave it uncut and let the album be about him having fun.

From Spotify Storyline. Storyline is a feature of Spotify that gives behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs, presented with a carousel of cards featuring a combination of text and images.

This was from a kind of jam that I had done, I’d wanted to get in a particular mood, a very sort of empty, spacey mood so I did that and then the vocals on top of it, I just made up stuff so it was just a combination of ideas that became an eight-minute song.

Paul McCartney, from NME, December 23, 2020

One of my favourite songs on the album is the midway point of ‘Deep Deep Feeling’, which is over eight minutes long. If people are expecting your lockdown album to feel like lockdown, that’s the track that feels the most claustrophobic to me, despite it being essentially about love.

That was one of the songs that I’d actually started last year. If I’m lucky, I’ll have a bit of time when I’ll go into the studio and just make something up, and so I try to just do something that I haven’t done before. This was one of those that I didn’t finish. To me, what it was about was, sometimes – I don’t how it happens of even what it is – when you’re feeling real love towards someone, sometimes it can manifest in a tingling over your whole body, and it’s a pretty funny feeling, and you almost don’t like it – ‘What the hell is this?!’ – like you’re about to be beamed up into a spaceship or something. On this song I was fascinated with the idea of that – that deep, deep feeling when you love someone so much it almost hurts. That was the start of that, but after I made it I thought, well, this isn’t for anything. It’s certainly not a three-minute single. What became nice about working in the studio was that in the evening Mary would be cooking, because she loves to cook, and we’d be sitting around before dinner, and she’d say, “Well, what did you do today then?” and I’d go, “Oh, ok, I’ll play it for you.” And I always wanted it to keep going. I just wanted it to go on forever. It’s a bit indulgent, and I was a little bit worried about that – I thought I really needed to cut it down, but just before I did that I just listened to it, and I thought, “Y’know what, I love this, I’m not going to touch it.”

Paul McCartney – from an interview with Stuart Stubbs, from Loud And Quiet magazine, October 2020

The editing work on “Deep Deep Feeling” – the cuts and sound textures – is incredible. Do you see this as a continuation of the experimental aspect of your career that began in the ’60s?

Yes, it is part of a thread for me. Round about the time, The Beatles were known for being ‘The Beatles’ – if you know what I mean. We were able to sidestep that with Sgt Pepper, which was very liberating. The McCartney records have always been very liberating. If you dare to experiment a little bit, it’s good for you. I’ve always loved that.

Paul McCartney, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

The craziest song [on the album] is “Deep Deep Feeling”. It goes on and on and on! There are millions of little changes in it. At one point, I thought I needed to edit it because it’s about eight minutes long. I grabbed earphones, played it and got so engrossed in it that I decided to leave it as is. I thought it might be indulgent. Making an album like this is, to some degree, indulgent. But then, it’s also about having fun.

Paul McCartney, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

With some of the songs that were more constructed, like Deep Deep Feeling, we’ll use Pro Tools like a canvas, almost. Throwing ideas at it, moving things around, changing tempos, keys, and seeing what gels together.

Steve Orchard – from Music Radar, December 18, 2020

With Deep Deep Feeling there were some parts where we did something like 12 or 18 tracks [of harmonies], I can’t remember without looking at the session, but it was a lot. Then we mixed those down to a stereo track that we could fly in at different points.

Steve Orchard – from Music Radar, December 18, 2020

Deep Deep Feeling” being 8 minutes long and located roughly in the middle of the track list created a strangeness. The track list for “McCartney III” is different between the CD variants and the LP variants:

CD versionsLP versions
Track 5. Lavatory Lil’Track 5. Lavatory Lil’
Track 6. Deep Deep FeelingTrack 6. Slidin’ (end of Side A)
Track 7. Slidin’Track 7. Deep Deep Feeling (beginning of Side B)
Track 8. The Kiss Of VenueTrack 8. The Kiss Of Venue
From Universal Music – Calling all musicians – McCartney III is almost here! Teasers are popping up in cities across the globe, sharing excerpts of the sheet music from each song.We would love to see your takes on each song. Join in the fun by recording your own version! – In Berlin
From Twitter – Paul McCartney: “I used my vintage Brenell Tape machine on this to create a guitar tape loop ‘orchestra’ – which consisted of two different chords each made up of five notes.”
Screenshot of Spotify Storyline

Last updated on January 10, 2021

Lyrics

You know that deep deep feeling
When you love someone so much
You feel your heart’s gonna burst
The feeling goes from best to worst
You feel your heart is gonna burst

Here in my heart
I feel a deep devotion
It almost hurts
It’s such a deep emotion

Now every time it rains
It sometimes gets too much
You know I feel the pain
When I feel your loving touch

Emotion burns an ocean of love
You got that hot emotion
Burns an ocean of love
The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain
The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain

So intense the joy of giving
How does it feel
So immense the thrill of living
How does it feelSo intense the joy of giving
How does it feel
The deep deep pain
So immense the thrill of living
How does it feel

Sometimes I wish it would stay
Sometimes I wish it would go away
Emotion…

The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain of feeling
The deep deep pain

You know that deep deep feeling
The deep deep painWhen you love someone so much
You feel your heart’s gonna burst
The feeling goes from best to worst
You feel your heart is gonna burst

Sometimes I wish it would stay
EmotionSometimes I wish it would go away
Sometimes I wish it would stay
Sometimes I wish it would go away
The deep deep pain…

So intense the joy of giving
Sometimes I wish it would stay
How does it feel
So immense the thrill of living
Sometimes I wish it would go away
How does it feel
So intense the joy of giving
Sometimes I wish it would stay
How does it feel
The deep deep pain
So immense the thrill of living
Sometimes I wish it would go away

Sometimes I wish it would stay
Sometimes I wish it would go away…
The deep deep pain

Go away, go away
Stay, stay, stay

You know that deep deep feeling
When you love someone so much
You feel your heart’s gonna burst
The feeling goes from best to worst
You feel your heart is gonna burst

So intense the joy of giving
Sometimes I wish it would stay
How does it feel
So immense the thrill of living
Sometimes I wish it would go away
How does it feel
So intense the joy of giving
Sometimes I wish it would stay
How does it feel
So immense the thrill of living
Sometimes I wish it would go away

Variations


A Album version

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Blue Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Red Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition White Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Yellow Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Smoky Tint Cassette)

Cassette • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Green cover, CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Exclusive Orange LP)

Official album • Released in 2020

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Films


Deep Deep Feeling (Lyric video)

2021 • For Paul McCartney

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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John Boyle 1 years ago

Ah Paul McCartney is such a wondrous being. I can't even imagine a world without his genius in it. How lonely is it afterall just to be alive. Those thousand natural shocks the human heart is heir to as Shakespeare put it. there is no escaping it.
The dread of death. The agony of regret. The fear of violation. The dream in everyone for something really there calling for us, each on of us, by name from beyond the darkness after we go to the inevitable.
Yet the dying of the light is slowed to a freeze frame where the listener hears these guys. That guy Paul letting us know
not to despair. In his genius even the melancholy is a holy thing. The Beatles, this special Beatle, taught us to wonder at the love (of God).


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks John - Well said !!!


John 1 years ago

All absorbing to listen to and I am glad he gave us the full one over eight minutes. Upon hearing it for the first time, it seemed to evoke the night and thus it is best listened to late at night.