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Ever Present Past

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other singles from Memory Almost Full

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Ever Present Past” is a song by Paul McCartney and is the second track on his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. The song was also released as the first single from that album in the United States on 15 May 2007. The video for the song was premiered on 1 October 2007. McCartney played all the instruments on the song.

The song was released as the second British single from Memory Almost Full on 5 November 2007 and debuted a week later at #85 in the UK Singles Chart (see 2007 in British music). The single package included a unique “cut out and make your own mobius strip” insert.

The song was used in promotions for the premiere of Private Practice on ABC in Fall 2007.

Music video

The video was directed by British director Phil Griffin. McCartney enters an elegant hall, where a group of black-dressed and very similar female dancers walk around. He meets his doppelgänger, who starts dancing with the others while singing the song. The two McCartneys meet up two more times. At the end, McCartney is left alone in the middle of the room, bends on his knee and fades away slowly. This and the presence of the doppelgänger have been interpreted as contemporary references to the Paul is dead urban legend.

Chart performance

Ever Present Past” debuted the week ending 6 June 2007 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at #10 and the Pop 100 chart at #93. A week later as Memory Almost Full debuted at #3 in the Billboard 200, the song debuted at #27 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, mirroring the placement of McCartney’s 2006 single “This Never Happened Before“, ultimately reaching #16 on that chart. The video (currently posted on YouTube) has received over a million views. […]

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

Although it sounds like electronica, this track is all McCartney on real instruments, though heavily processed. “He showed it to me on piano, and then we started recording with electric guitar, recorded to a drum loop, and then he put down a work vocal and then he recorded his drums,” Kahne recalls.

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

I've got too much on my plate
Don't have no time to be a decent lover
I hope it isn't too late
Searching for the time that has gone so fast
The time that I thought would last
My ever present past

I've got too much on my mind
I think of everything to be discovered
I hope there's something to find
Searching for the time that has gone so fast
The time that I thought would last
My ever present past

The things I think I did
I d.i. d.i did
The things I think I did
When I was a kid

I couldn't understand a word that they were saying
But still I hung around and took it all in
I wouldn't join in with the games that they were
playing
It went by, it went by, in a flash
It flew by, it flew by
In a flash

There's far too much on my plate
Don't have no time to be a decent lover
I hope it's never too late
Searching for the time that has gone so fast
The time that I thought would last
My ever present past

The things I think I did
I d.i. d.i. did
The things I think I did
When I was a kid

The things I think I did
I d.i. d.i. did
The things I think I did
When I was a kid
When I was a kid

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

2:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Clavioline (?), Drums, Electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals

Session Recording:
March 2006
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Ever Present Past

CD Single • Released in 2007

2:59 • Studio versionA


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

2:57 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
March 2006
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


UK Singles Collection - Volume 07

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:59 • Studio versionA


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:57 • Studio versionA


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:33 • Studio version • [acoustic]


Memory Almost Full Acoustic Teaser 2007

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

2:34 • Studio version • #1


Memory Almost Full Acoustic Teaser 2007

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

3:53 • Studio version • #2


Videos

Album • Ever Present Past

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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