The Paul McCartney Project

Hope For The Future

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Hope For The Future EP.
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Timeline This song has been officially released in 2014

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This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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Song facts

Hope For The Future” (initially named “Hope“) is a song written by Paul McCartney, released digitally on December 8, 2014, and on vinyl in January 2015. It was written to be part of the soundtrack for the video game “Destiny“, and appeared in the end credits of the game.

Hope For The Future” was initially part of a musical suite – named “Music Of The Spheres” (which Paul McCartney contributed to) – which was finally shelved by Bungie, the studio designing “Destiny“. “Music Of The Spheres” was finally released in 2018; its latest track, named “The Hope“, contains “Hope For The Future“.

From paulmccartney.com, September 12th, 2014:

[…] Years in the making ‘Destiny’ is the biggest entertainment property of 2014. Earlier this week fans were queuing through the night to get their first glimpse. Stores across the world opened early in order to meet the demand. Made by Bungie, the studio behind ‘Halo’, and published by Activision, the company that brought you ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Destiny’ is expected to change the gaming industry. The hype surrounding this release demonstrates how the gaming industry has overtaken Hollywood.

The continuing success of this market and the scale of ‘Destiny’ is further underlined by the fact Paul McCartney has written the game’s end title theme song ‘Hope’, as well as working on the soundtrack. Throughout his career Paul has always looked at ways to reach new audiences with his music and has never been afraid to try out new ideas or platforms. This is the first time that Paul has ever written for a computer game and he has likely started yet another trend for the world of popular music. Paul teased fans with a tweet in 2012 confirming that he was working on a project with Bungie but this week following the games release the wait was over for fans when ‘Hope’ started to appear on the Internet. […]

From an interview with Bungie’s Community Manager Eric Osbourne:

How on Earth did you convince [Paul McCartney] to do music for a video game? How did you pitch this to him, and why do you think he did it? I’m guessing that there was an enormous check involved.

There was no check involved, big or otherwise. He’s in it for the creativity. He got a wonderful opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn’t typically be immersed in Paul McCartney. They might hear the name — of course he’s everywhere, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, obviously he’s touring and recording nonstop — but he sees it as a way to reach a new audience that might not otherwise hear his music.

I was intrigued by the intricacy of the music because in a game if you go one route a certain piece of the music plays. I know from my kids and my grandkids, they just bury themselves in a game and I don’t think they’ve got time to listen to my music. Their agenda is pretty full with all the other stuff, you know, so I like the idea of infiltrating into their agenda.

Paul McCartney, from interview with NME, December 2, 2014

When you’re writing something like ‘Hope For The Future’, which is custom made, it is like doing a portrait for someone. You have to use your imagination and work out what they need, what they’re going to want and then what you want to give them. Then you’ve got to combine those three things into something that you still think maintains integrity. So in the game you’re basically trying to save Earth from the invaders, the aliens, so that suggested to me the ‘hope for the future’ idea and I went from there. Then I thought it is not just a game song, this will get played outside the game so it has got to be stand-alone too, you can’t have references to aliens or people will think ‘what’s he talking about?’ So it had to have its own stand alone meaning and integrity.

Paul McCartney – From paulmccartney.com, January 13, 2015

A trusted contributor of the Steve Hoffman Music Forums wrote:

A part of the song is coming from “Kiss Me Now” , an unreleased song from 1984 which was demoed by George Martin ( The part from 2.00 to 2.18 mn)

From forum resident Etcetera

To be noticed that it was reported that Paul McCartney recorded a song named “Hope” in 2012 for his “Kisses On The Bottom” album; it is not known if “Hope” and “Hope For The Future” are related or not.

When released in January 2015, the “Hope For The Future” included four different remixes. Two other remixes were released as part of a RecordStoreDay release in April 2015.

Last updated on December 9, 2020

Lyrics

Some hope for the future
Some wait for the call
To say that the days ahead
Will be the best of all

We will build bridges
Up to the sky
Heavenly lights surrounding
You and I

From out of the darkness
Our future will come
If we leave the past behind
We'll fly beyond the sun

We'll be together
Sharing the load
Watching in wonder
As our lives unfold

Hope for the future
It's coming soon enough
How much can we achieve?
Hope for the future
It will belong to us
If we believe
If we believe

Hope shines brightest in the dark
When nothing's ever seen
Lighting undiscovered places
No-one's ever been

Some hope for the future
Some wait for the call
To say that our destiny
Will be the best of all

And we will build bridges
Up to the sky
And heavenly lights
Surrounding you and I

Hope shines brightest in the dark
Where nothing's ever seen
Lighting undiscovered places
No-one's ever been

Hope for the future
Hope for the future
Hope for the future

Variations


A Main

A1 Edit

A2 Video Mix

B Thrash version

C Beatsession Mix

D Jaded Mix

E Mirwais Mix

F Sweet Thrash (Remix 1)

G Sweet Thrash (Remix 2)

Officially appears on


Hope For The Future

EP • Released in 2014

4:10 • Studio versionA • Main version

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Hope For The Future

EP • Released in 2014

2:57 • Studio versionB • Thrash version

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Additional bass, Additional drums, Additional guitar, Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Hope For The Future

EP • Released in 2014

6:00 • Studio versionC • Beatsession Mix

Beatsession :
Remixing

Hope For The Future

EP • Released in 2014

5:34 • Studio versionD • Jaded Mix

Jaded :
Remixing

Hope For The Future

EP • Released in 2014

4:26 • Studio versionE • Mirwais Mix

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer
Mirwais :
Remixing

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Hope

CD Single • Released in 2014

3:07 • Studio versionA1 • Edit

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Sweet Thrash

12" Single • Released in 2015

3:55 • Studio versionF • Sweet Thrash (Remix 1)

Paul McCartney :
Remixing
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

Sweet Thrash

12" Single • Released in 2015

2:50 • Studio versionG • Sweet Thrash (Remix 2)

Paul McCartney :
Remixing
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

Hope For The Future

12" Single • Released in 2015

4:10 • Studio versionA • Main version

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Hope For The Future

12" Single • Released in 2015

2:57 • Studio versionB • Thrash version

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Additional bass, Additional drums, Additional guitar, Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Bootlegs


Give Us That Knowing Wink - Official Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:29 • Studio versionA2 • Video Mix

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Live At The O2 London UK May 23, 2015

Unofficial live • Released in 2015

4:34 • Live

Concert From the concert in London, United Kingdom on May 23, 2015


2015 Out There Collected Soundchecks

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

3:36 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Apr 28, 2015


2015 Out There Collected Soundchecks

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

4:19 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Apr 28, 2015


New - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:09 • Studio versionA • Main

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Lead guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Brian Ray :
Bass guitar
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Caroline Dale :
Cello
Giles Martin :
Producer
London Symphony Orchestra :
Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Ben Foster :
Arranger, Conductor
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer, Recording engineer
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Libera :
Boys choir
Brian Montgomery :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
2012 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 2012
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA

Session Recording:
2012 or 2013 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 21, 2012
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Films


Hope For The Future

2014 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Daniel Askill

Videos

Live performances

“Hope For The Future” has been played in 23 concerts.

Latest concerts where Hope For The Future has been played








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Jon R Beauregard 2 years ago

What is song on flip side hope for the future?


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Hi Jon, on the CD single for "Hope for the Future", several different mixes were included - see https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/album/hope-for-the-future/ - Thanks !