House Of Wax

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Related interviews


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Song facts

House Of Wax” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“.

There’s something about chords in a song that can take you to a place. In this song they are not complex but there’s something in the tonality of them that takes you to what the vocal becomes. And I like the lyrics: ‘Lightning hits the house of wax, poets spill out on the streets, to set alight the incomplete remainders of the future.’ It’s quite surreal. I enjoyed singing them because of those chords and the mixture of the melody and the lyrics. I think this will be good to do live. It’s another one that my band played on. In fact the medley was conceived early on in this album and the band is featured on a lot of it.

Paul McCartney – interview with Mail On Sunday, May 12, 2008

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

“House of Wax”: The climactic “House of Wax,” which McCartney played live on his handful of “secret gig” shows supporting the album, again features the band, with McCartney providing the crying blues guitar solo. “The solos were a big deal for me,” Kahne recalls. “Those sections were blank; we didn’t know what we were going to put there. I heard ‘Taxman’ on the radio, for which he’d done the solo, and I thought how great it would be if he would just rip in those big breaks. So I asked, ‘Instead of making a more complex part, can you just play guitar solos?’ He said, ‘Okay,’ sat in the control room with his Casino plugged into the Vox and just whipped it up, and literally, a half-hour later, they were done. I’ve never heard him play guitar like that. He just pushes the notes sharp perfectly at the right time.

Last updated on January 18, 2021

Lyrics

Lightning hits the house of wax
Poets spill out on the street
To set alight the incomplete
Remainders of the future

Hidden in the yard. Hidden in the yard

Thunder drowns the trumpets blast
Poets scatter through the night
But they can only dream of flight
Away from their confusion

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the
answer to it all

Lightning hits the house of wax
Women scream and run around
To dance upon the battleground
Like wild demented horses

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the
answer to it all

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the
answer to it all

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

4:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards, Synthesizer
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
End of February 2004
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


iTunes Festival: London

EP • Released in 2007

5:19 • LiveL1

Concert From "iTunes Festival" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 05, 2007


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

4:59 • Studio versionA


Ever Present Past

7" Single • Released in 2007

5:18 • Studio versionL1


Amoeba Gig

Official live • Released in 2019

6:02 • LiveL2 • 2019 mix

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Brian RayDave Arch
Steve Orchard :
Remix engineer
Randy Merrill :
Mastering engineer
Darrell Thorp :
Recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Amoeba Gig (Limited Edition - Clear Amber Vinyl)

LP • Released in 2019

6:02 • LiveL2 • 2019 mix

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Brian RayDave Arch
Steve Orchard :
Remix engineer
Randy Merrill :
Mastering engineer
Darrell Thorp :
Recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007

Bootlegs



Secret Live Los Angeles 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

6:26 • Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Secret Live In New York 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

5:36 • Live

Concert From the concert in New York City, USA on Jun 13, 2007


Searching for Him Everywhere 2001-2014

Unofficial live • Released in 2015

5:40 • Live • June 28, 2007


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:59 • Studio versionA


Live performances

“House Of Wax” has been played in 6 concerts.

Latest concerts where House Of Wax has been played


Electric Proms

Oct 25, 2007 • United Kingdom • London • Roundhouse


Live At The Olympia

Oct 22, 2007 • France • Paris • Olympia


iTunes Festival

Jul 05, 2007 • United Kingdom • London • Institute for Contemporary Arts


Los Angeles • Amoeba Music • USA

Jun 27, 2007 • USA • Los Angeles • Amoeba Music


New York City • Highline Ballroom • USA

Jun 13, 2007 • USA • New York City • Highline Ballroom


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