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Hope Of Deliverance

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Hope of Deliverance” is a song from 1993 album Off the Ground, released as a single in anticipation of the album in December 1992. From Wikipedia:

It became a hit in his native UK, reaching number 18. It did not fare well on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 83, but did better on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, hitting number 9. It also did very well in Germany, reaching number 3 there, and is still gaining a lot of airplay in Central and Eastern European radios as well as in South America. Remix versions were released on 15 January 1993, and picked up massive airplay in clubs.It was number one on European top 20 “1993/02/13”. The song went on to become the 11th biggest worldwide hit of 1993. […]

The song was featured in the set list of 1993’s The New World Tour. It was in hiatus until McCartney performed it again in Bogotá, Colombia on 19 April 2012 during his On the Run Tour—the first time performing a song from Off the Ground with his 2012 lineup. During the Out There Tour, McCartney performed “Hope of Deliverance” with all musicians in his band playing guitar, including the tour opener in Belo Horizonte. […]

I went up into the attic of our house, just to get away from everyone. There’s a trap door, you go up a little ladder and then close it and no one can get at you, so then you know you’ve got a couple of hours to yourself. So I went up into the attic and took with me a Martin 12-string guitar and, just for a bit of fun, I put a capo on it – the little bar that comes half way up the strings and changes the length of the guitar neck. On a 12-string it makes for a very jingly sound, which reminds me of Cathedrals and Christmas. So that led me into the field of hope, of deliverance, and then I added about the darkness that surrounds us. You know, if you’re involved in rescuing people in Somalia then that’s the deliverance – you want to get out of there safely, if you are involved in poverty then that’s your deliverance, to get out of that trap. Homelessness, disease, whatever, big or little, we’ve all got them. So that was it really, it just became a kind of optimistic song, either to, perhaps, a girlfriend, or to a God-figure. I do like leaving things ambiguous – I’ve often done that in my songs, so that people say to me “I always thought it meant something else…”.

Paul McCartney – From Club Sandwich interview

Paul Wix Wickens: Hope Of Deliverance was a track that Paul and Robbie got together, really. They’d been working on it with acoustic guitars and so when the rest of us came to hear it there was this wall of guitars. On stage, because they have a lead break in harmony, to my surprise and delight I have a starring role on acoustic. I’m mad keen on any instrument. I used to be a drummer from the age dot and then I played guitar in folk clubs, C, G, D7, A minor and bluff the rest.

Blair Cunningham: Hope Of Deliverance was a try-this, try-that track until one sunny day I said, It sounds Caribbean, calypsoey, out on the beach. Paul could hear that so it happened. There’s a beatbox on it, but apart from that, I play drums acoustically, not through machines. It’s all right on record, but how will it work live?

I want to see more bands out there, not someone miming to a computer programme. A lot of people tried to get me into the electronic business, That’s where the money is, man! No, I say, that sounds session to me. I want to be in a band. That’s where I feel safe.

Paul McCartney: I’ve noticed that with a lot of the songs what’s coming through is me saying something like don’t go down under the prevailing despair and gloom, you know, the (moans) Woooo-aaa. It’s a sort of, Don’t bottle out, we can do it!

Paul McCartney – From the “New World Tour” tour book

Three Latin percussionists were involved on this track, during an overdub session which took place on July 17, 1992. One of those, Maurizio Ravalico, has detailed this session in the book Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013):

We were invited to McCartney’s private studio in Sussex. They had us to hear the track, that was already completed and mixed, giving some generic instructions. We only learned that they wanted a Latin flavor on the song and so we brought to the studio an entire instruments’ van! […] We were in the studio for half a day. Everything went smoothly and quickly, but without any pressure. Both McCartney and Mendelsohn were wide-open to our suggestions and they did not give any indication about our instruments or the playing style […]

Maurizio Ravalico, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013)

A promotional video for “Hope Of Deliverance was shot in Ashdown Forest and in Black Island Studios (North London), late November 1992, directed by Andy Morahan. Two edits of the video were prepared – the “stone cross edit” and the “version with stone”.

Last updated on June 15, 2019

Lyrics

I will always be hoping, hoping.
You will always be holding, holding
My heart in your hand.
I will understand

I will understand someday, one day.
You will understand always, always
From now until then.

When it will be right, I don't know.
What it will be like, I don't know.
We live in hope of deliverance
From the darkness that surrounds us.

Hope of deliverance, hope of deliverance.
Hope of deliverance from the darkness
That surrounds us.

And I wouldn't mind knowing, knowing
That you wouldn't mind going,
Going along with my plan.

When it will be right, I don't know.
What it will be like, I don't know.
We live in hope of deliverance
From the darkness that surrounds us.

Hope of deliverance, hope of deliverance.
Hope of deliverance from the darkness
That surrounds us.

Hope of deliverance, hope of deliverance.
Hope of deliverance from the darkness
That surrounds us.

Hope of deliverance.
Hope of deliverance.
I will understand.

Officially appears on


Deliverance (The Steve Anderson Mixes)

12" Single

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Autoharp, Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Drums programming, Lynn drum, Percussion, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Davide Giovanni:
Percussion
Dave Pattman:
Percussion
Maurizio Ravalico:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 17, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Hope Of Deliverance

7" Single • Released in 1992

3:24 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Autoharp, Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Drums programming, Lynn drum, Percussion, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Davide Giovanni:
Percussion
Dave Pattman:
Percussion
Maurizio Ravalico:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 17, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Hope Of Deliverance

CD Single • Released in 1992

3:20 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Autoharp, Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Drums programming, Lynn drum, Percussion, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Davide Giovanni:
Percussion
Dave Pattman:
Percussion
Maurizio Ravalico:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 17, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

3:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Autoharp, Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Drums programming, Lynn drum, Percussion, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Davide Giovanni:
Percussion
Dave Pattman:
Percussion
Maurizio Ravalico:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 17, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

3:33 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Session Recording:
July 1993
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

3:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Autoharp, Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Drums programming, Lynn drum, Percussion, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Davide Giovanni:
Percussion
Dave Pattman:
Percussion
Maurizio Ravalico:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 17, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Paul Is Live (2019 remaster)

Official live • Released in 2019

3:33 • LiveL1.2019 • 2019 remaster

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Bootlegs


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

4:25 • Live

Concert From the concert in Toronto, Canada on Jun 06, 1993


Let Me Roll It To Boulder

Unofficial live

3:52 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


Rehearsals For The New World Tour 1993

Unofficial live

4:33 • Live


219 W. 53 Street

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

3:39 • Live • Recorded Live at The Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York 10 December, 1992 - for the "Up Close" TV show

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Background vocals, Keyboard
Robbie McIntosh:
Guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Bass guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboard
Blair Cunningham:
Drums

Viva Las Vegas

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

4:01 • Live

Concert From the concert in Las Vegas, USA on Apr 14, 1993


Live performances

“Hope Of Deliverance” has been played in 94 concerts and 10 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Hope Of Deliverance” has been played


Orlando • Amway Center

May 18, 2013 • Part of Out There Tour





Mexico City • The Zocalo

May 10, 2012 • Part of On The Run Tour



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