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

Song facts

Ever Present Past” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“. It was initially recorded during the “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard” sessions, under the title “Perfect Lover“.

Sometimes I just sit down and try to write a pop song. I’ve done it throughout my life and it’s an interesting thing to do, to try to make something catchy. This mone starts off, ‘I’ve got too much on my plate.’ The way I write, I just follow that thought and think, ‘What did I mean by that? Explain yourself.’ After I’d got the verse this idea of my past, my Ever Present Past, came about. There’s no deep meaning in it. I think what happens with me is that I just write something and people read into it. I like that, because often you do things in a subliminal way and don’t realise what you’re doing. So I might think a statement is quite simple, but somebody else might say, ‘Yeah, but it means this…’I like multiple meanings. However, I often just start off with a phrase that’s really just to help me write the song and get me to the next bit.

Paul McCartney – interview with Mail On Sunday, May 12, 2008

Interview with producer 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.

McCartney played his Epiphone Casino, first heard in 1965 on The Beatles’ “The Night Before.” Kahne says he plays it through a Vox AC30, the same type the Fab Four used in the ’60s, although McCartney’s current amp is a reissue. The bass is his famous Hofner, and the drums are McCartney’s black Ludwig kit, similar to Ringo Starr’s in that the two, both left-handers, play right-handed kits. The song also features harpsichord and flugelhorn by McCartney — the latter heard as a solid note through the pre-chorus.

Ever Present Past” was released as the first single from that album in the United States on 15 May 2007. In the UK, it 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. The single package included a unique “cut out and make your own mobius strip” insert.

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


Ever Present Past (iTunes download)

Download

2:57 • 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Ever Present Past

7" Single • Released in 2007

2:59 • Studio versionA


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

2:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Clavioline (?), Drums, Electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Recording engineer
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

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

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Ever Present Past

CD Single • Released in 2007

2:59 • Studio versionA


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

2:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Clavioline (?), Drums, Electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Recording engineer
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

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

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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


Latest concerts where Ever Present Past has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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