The Paul McCartney Project

Hosanna

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the New Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2013
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Hosanna” is a song from 2013 album “NEW“, produced by Ethan Johns, one of the four producers who have collaborated to this album. Ethan Johns produced four tracks during the sessions for this album, and “Hosanna” has been the first one.

I hooked up with Ethan Johns, the son of my friend Glyn Johns, who I had worked with on Beatles and Wings recordings. Ethan, a full bearded Glastonbury man, was easy to get along with and I got a feeling that his style suited my more acoustic songs. We went to Abbey Road Studios and fairly swiftly put down a take of Hosanna. Later, in my studio in Sussex, we recorded Early Days a song based on my reminiscences of formative times with John before The Beatles, when we were first starting out. It was good to work with young producers whose approaches were so different. Their aims were the same but the variety of their work methods kept the recordings fresh and energetic. Together. we finished more tracks than appear on the album. They will, no doubt, show up somewhere sooner or later.

Paul McCartney – From the liner notes of the album

There was no plan. It was, ‘Let’s just go into the studio for a few days and see what happens’. I walked through the door with no preconceptions with what I was going to do. It was a complete blank canvas. I’m not even sure in his mind he has a defined idea of what he wants to do. He wants to react to the moment. It was very much, ‘What do you feel like doing?’ […] He had a CD, which had a number of titles on it. But then he said, ‘I’ve got this song called Hosanna’, and played it through on acoustic guitar. And the feeling of it I mean, I just lit up like the sun when I heard it, because I could feel the inspiration, the connection, the musicality of it. It wasn’t trying to be something it wasn’t, it just was. It was right. So it was simple. What you hear on the record, that’s pretty much it. Just him playing, with a couple of mics set up.

Producer Ethan Johns – “New” album biography, october 2013

[Paul] also likes to experiment with abstract stuff – in fact, some of the tape loops he did for Hosanna were done on the same machine he used in The Beatles days, which he carries around with him. He had me singing into it with him, making chanting loops. I had a great time, he’s a very inspiring guy. One of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century and beyond.

Ethan Johns

Last updated on May 28, 2019

Lyrics

Come now lady don’t you do me wrong
I fell for you and now it won’t be long
Before I hold you in my arms
Before I take you to my heart again

Time is flying by us every day
I want to show my love in every way
I wanna hold you in my arms
I wanna take you to my heart again

If you believe it you can stay all night
Hide in the darkness ’til it’s getting light
Do everything until we’ve got it done
Then sing Hosanna to the morning sun
Hosanna, Hosanna
Sing Hosanna to the morning sun

Come down lady don’t put up a fight
If you are true you know the time is right
For me to hold you in my arms
For me to take you to my heart

If you believe it we can stay all night
Hide in the darkness ’til it’s getting light
Do everything until we’ve got it done
Then sing Hosanna to the morning sun
Hosanna, Hosanna
Sing Hosanna to the morning sun
Hosanna, Hosanna

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


New - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer
Kevin Mills:
Assistant mixing engineer
Chris Bolster:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent:
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan:
Assistant mixing engineer
Dom Monks:
Recording engineer
Gordon Davidson:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Iain Berryman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Seb Truman:
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Session Recording:
January 2012
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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