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Feet in the Clouds

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

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



"Memory Almost Full" sessions #5

January - February 2007

Related interviews


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Song facts

Feet In The Clouds” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“.

Because of the retrospective mood of this medley, it then goes back to school and teachers. I had a real motley bunch of teachers at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. Some of them were complete maniacs. Whereas I wrote about golden summers in You Tell Me, school was very dark and gloomy. The building itself wasn’t the lightest of places – it was built in 1825. This seemed to affect the attitude of the teachers. They were a dark bunch of people. So the song is like a therapy session for me.

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

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

“Feet in the Clouds”: On the third “Medley” track, most of the original band tracking was replaced early in 2007, with the exception of Anderson’s guitar line and the group backing vocals. McCartney’s vocal in one section was treated to Celemony Melodyne Studio signal processing software. “I had about 36 tracks of vocals,” Kahne says. “I chose different lines to flatten out to get rid of the vibrato. Then in the mix, I kind of pitched them a little bit, which took a fairly long time. Melodyne does what Auto-Tune does, but better.

Last updated on January 18, 2021

Lyrics

Teacher said
I had my head in the clouds
They directed
I suspected
Disconnected
Had it my way

On the street
I had my feet on the ground
Stood corrected
Well protected
Resurrected
Had it my way

I've got my feet in the clouds
Got my head on the ground
I know that I'm not a square
As long as they're not around

But I find it very very very very very very hard
Yes I find it very very very very very very hard

Love is fab
It's like a stab
In the heart
Hidden treasure
Made to measure
For my pleasure
Had it my way

I've got my feet in the clouds
Got my head on the ground
I know that I'm not a square
As long as they're not around

And I find it very very very very very very hard
And I find it very very very very very very hard
Oh I find it very very very very very very hard
Yes I find it very very very very very very hard

I've got my feet in the clouds
Got my head on the ground
I know that I'm not a square
As long as they're not around
But I find it so hard I find it so hard

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

3:24 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Piano, Shaker, Synthesizer, Tambourine, Vocals, Vocoder
Rusty Anderson :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Backing vocals
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Paul Wickens :
Backing vocals
Brian Ray :
Backing vocals
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
End of February 2004
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
January - February 2007
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

3:24 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:24 • Studio versionA


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:35 • Studio version • Feet In The Clouds [acoustic]


Memory Almost Full Acoustic Teaser 2007

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

2:36 • Studio version


Live Archives Vol. 5 (2007-2010)

Unofficial live • Released in 2018

Live

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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