The Paul McCartney Project

However Absurd

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986

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Song facts

However Absurd” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“.

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

‘Talk More Talk’ and ‘However Absurd’ are the two main surrealist lyrics… ‘Absurd’ was another thing you start off and think ‘Ooh no, that’s too Beatley, so I won’t do it.’ So I resisted it for a little while, but… it was a good system then, why ignore it now?.. .There’s a sort of ‘Walrus’ intro to this track… It’s a style I know and love. The lyrics on this one are a bit bizarre, but then again they make a kind of sense… In the middle it explains itself a bit… ‘Something special between us… Words wouldn’t get my feelings through’. That’s taking off into The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – there’s a line of his that always used to attract me and John, which was ‘Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.’” Indeed, students of The Beatles’ White Album will recall those words from John’s poignant ‘Julia‘. Anne Dudley’s orchestration contrasts effectively with ‘bass effects’ and synthesised ‘strings’; synth and heavy guitar take over as the song repeats and intensifies in a slightly ‘Hey Jude‘ manner; the spacey fade-out completes the Beatles flavour. Move over all buskers: Mac’s back.

Last updated on June 16, 2019

Lyrics

Ears twitch, like a dog, breaking eggs in a dish.
Do not mock me when I say this is not a lie.

It's funny thing, half serious, with our hands on our ears.
Living dreams with mouths ajar, wide awake, we go to sleep.

However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.
However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.

Something special between us,
When we made love the game was over.
I couldn't say the words,
Words wouldn't get my feelings through,
So I keep talking to you…

However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.
However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.

Custom made, dinosaurs, too late now, for a change.
Everything is under the sun, but nothing is for keeps…

However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.
However absurd, however absurd… It may seem.

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

4:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Anne Dudley:
Orchestration

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Anne Dudley:
Orchestration

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

4:40 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:45 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Anne Dudley:
Orchestration

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:43 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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