The Paul McCartney Project

Great Day

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Great Day” is the fourteenth and final song on Paul’s 1997 album “Flaming Pie“. The song was recorded 5 years earlier, even before “Off The Ground” was published ; but as even older roots, as explained in the album liner notes:

Seeking a short, simple song to close Flaming Pie, Paul McCartney has searched back 25 years to find “Great Day”, an acoustic number that he and Linda used to perform ‘sitting around the kitchen or when the children were dancing’. The candlelit evenings in Long Island, enforced by Hurricane Bob in August 1991, not only led Paul to write “Calico Skies” but also found him plucking this one from the memory vault. So, a year later, in the same session that he recorded his new number with George Martin, Paul also committed “Great Day” to tape for the first time (despite it’s years), not changing a hair of the arrangement or lyric.

“It’s just a little upbeat song of hope – to the point and in the spirit of the whole album.”

Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwitch n°82, Summer 1997:

This is here to balance the “big-ness” of the previous track, following on from ‘Beautiful Night’ in the way that ‘Her Majesty’ came after The End’ on Abbey Road. ‘Great Day’ is a song that Linda and I used to sing when the kids were very small, a simple acoustic number with a good feel. I’ve always liked the song but never really had an opportunity to record it, so during the ‘Calico Skies’ session with George Martin, since it had been so easy to record that one little acoustic thing, I told George that I had this song too. The song is identical to how we used to do it 25 years ago.

Great Day” was previously heard as an instrumental in the 1974 Backyard film. Also some are seeing similarities between “Great Day” and the verse melody of 1972 “Big Barn Bed“.

The song has been performed live only once during the 2003 Adopt-A-Minefield gala; and has been heard on very rare occasions during soundchecks.

Last updated on May 15, 2018

Lyrics

When you're wide awake
Say it for goodness sake,
It's gonna be a great day.
While you're standing there
Get up and grab a chair,
It's gonna be a great day.

And it won't be long, oh no
It won't be long, it won't be long, no no
It won't be long, it won't be long, oh no
It won't be long, it won't be long, ooh yeah

Ooh, ooh, yeah
Gonna be a great day

And it won't be long, oh no
It won't be long, it won't be long, no no
It won't be long, it won't be long, oh no
It won't be long, it won't be long, oh.

When you're wide awake
Say it for goodness sake,
It's gonna be a great day.
While you're standing there
Get up and grab a chair
It's gonna be a great day.

Officially appears on


Flaming Pie

Official album • Released in 1997

2.06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Leg slap, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocal
George Martin:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 03, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

2:09 • Studio versionA1 • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Leg slap, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocal
George Martin:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 03, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

2:09 • Studio versionA1 • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Leg slap, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocal
George Martin:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 03, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

1:09 • Studio version


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

1:09 • Alternate take


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

2:09 • Alternate take


Live Archives Vol. 2 (1990-1997)

Unofficial live

Live


Together On Stage 2003

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:55 • Live

Concert From "3rd Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala" in Los Angeles, USA on Sep 23, 2003


Live performances

“Great Day” has been played in 1 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Great Day” has been played


3rd Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala

Sep 23, 2003 • USA • Los Angeles • Beverly Hilton Hotel


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