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Good Times Coming / Feel The Sun

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1985 (Paul McCartney was 43 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Press To Play" sessions #1

March - May 1985


"Press To Play" sessions #2

October 1st - December 6th 1985


"Press To Play" sessions #3

April 14th-18th 1986

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Song facts

Good Times Coming / Feel The Sun” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“, and is yet another example how McCartney can assemble unfinished songs to create a sense of unity and a track.

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

There’s a nostalgic air about summers that have gone,” explains Paul. “…To me the song is three summers: one when I was a kid going to Butlin’s in my short trousers, feeling embarrassed ’cause I wanted long trousers… Then the second verse is a bit more grown up… I associate that second verse with The Beatles – ‘It was a silly season, was it the best?/We didn’t need a reason, just a rest!’ That’s one of my favourite lines on the album… Then the third verse is kinda ominous, talking about a great summer before the war.. .That’s the twist in the tail of that song.” Eddie Rayner is on guitar and Carlos Alomar shows that solos don’t have to be long to make an impact, contributing a jagged little interlude. Ruby James and Paul’s cousin Kate Robbins, the fast-rising comedienne, are on backing vocals and there’s a suitably warm reggae lilt to the song until explosive drumbeats announce the brief, upbeat “Feel The Sun“.

There’s a nostalgic air about hot summers that have gone. It’s a pretty strong feeling, even for people who are only 17, they can remember a summer when they were 10. In Britain you tend not to get too much of that stuff anyway, so you tend to remember ’em.

To me the song is three summers: one when I was a kid going to Butlins in my short trousers, feeling embarrassed cos I wanted long trousers. That was a good one, sort of donkeys on the beach summer.

Then the second verse is a bit more grown up, when I imagine you’re working, so I associate that lyric with The Beatles – ‘It was a silly season, was it the best? We didn’t need a reason, just a rest!’ That’s one of my favourite lines on the album. It reminded me of The Beatles because of some photos taken by Dezo Hoffman, great shots of us in old-fashioned Victorian bathing gear, John doing the Charleston – classic stuff.

Then the third verse is kinda ominous, talking about a great summer before the war; that takes the good-time edge off it. I remember I heard there were a couple of really cracking summers in 1936 and 1937, or whenever, but Hitler was just round the corner. I always imagined people playing a great game of cricket, in their whites, everything as it should be: gentle applause, tea… and then the next year they’re all gonna be off at war. That’s the twist in the tail of that song.

Paul McCartney from Sound On Sound interview, October 1986

A rough mix of “Good Times Coming / Feel The Sun” lasting 7 minutes is available on bootlegs. It doesn’t have all the overdubs, and includes a longer version of “Feel The Sun” (3:30 minutes instead of 1:30 in the final mix)

From the “Press To Play” inner sleeve – These coloured diagrams by Paul show the position of the voices and instruments in the mix of each track.
From the “Press To Play” inner sleeve – These coloured diagrams by Paul show the position of the voices and instruments in the mix of each track.

Last updated on May 2, 2020

Lyrics

I was thinking about that summer so long ago,
Pack up your bags and yell ‘Geronimo'.
That was a golden summer. Wasn't it hot?
We laughed a lot that summer, laughed a lot.

Laughing at the good times coming,
Laughing at the good times coming in.
Good times coming, laughing at the good times coming in.

There was something about the weather, what can I say?
Nothing like any other holiday.
That was a silly season, was it the best?
We didn't need the reason, just a rest.

Happy at the good times coming,
Happy at the good times coming.
Good times coming, happy at the good times coming in.

I'm loving you, I'm loving you, I'm loving you now.
I'm loving you, I'm loving you, I'm loving you now.

There was a golden summer before the war.
They laughed a lot that summer, lah de dah.

Laughing at the good times coming,
Laughing at the good times coming in.
Good times coming, laughing at the good times coming in.

Good times coming… good, good.
Good times coming in… good, good.

Feel the sun shine in, shine in, shine in. Feel the sun shining in on you.
Feel the sun shine in, shine in, shine in. Feel the sun shining in on you.

All the beauty, all the pain. Will it ever be the same again?
If you love me, show me now. It's the only way that we know how.

Feel the sun shine in, shine in, shine in. Feel the sun shining in on you.
Feel the sun shine in, shine in, shine in. Feel the sun shining in on you.

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

4:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Electric piano (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Shaker (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play (LP version)

Official album • Released in 1986

4:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Electric piano (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Shaker (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:56 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Electric piano (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Shaker (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

4:56 • Studio versionA2016 • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Electric piano (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Shaker (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

7:10 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

7:01 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

7:09 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Electric piano (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Shaker (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

7:10 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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