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Hunt You Down

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Egypt Station Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Hunt You Down” is a track from 2018 album “Egypt Station“.  From “Words Between The Tracks” YouTube series:

That’s a three-part song, which goes from this sort of rocker, Hunt You Down, and the words are: “I can’t find my love, no matter how hard I try,” you know, “She’s giving me the run-around,” just kind of like blues complaining lyrics. “Yeah, my woman done hurt me, I can’t find my love…” you know, it’s that kind of thing. So I’m having fun with that, and doing this rock ‘n’ roll piece, and that became Hunt You Down.

And then it goes through, into another song called Naked. And again it links through, ’cause there’s like a tempo change at the end of Hunt You Down. It goes from 4/4 into 3/4, and goes into this other song, which is a very simple song that I’d recorded pretty much on my own.

It’s a simple song about ‘I’ve been naked since I was born.’ And, you know, this thing we go through that’s life, that everyone goes through it, and in a way there are many situations that you find yourself where you’re kind of naked, socially. You can sort of feel naked: “I don’t know how to deal with this,” you know.

So that was a song about, that’s my take on that. As I say I played it myself, and sang it myself in the studio.

And then that links on to another thing we called C-Link in the end, which it just me totally indulging myself in wanting to play guitar. And the original take on it is about 11 minutes, I think. But it’s just me really enjoying playing electric guitar. ‘Cause I always say to people, people often say, ‘Why do you still do it?’ I say: “‘Cause I love it. I love this thing.”

And I’m still thrilled with having the privilege of being able to go up to an amp, turn it on, get my guitar, plug it in and play it very loud. It’s a thrill, and it’s never stopped being a thrill, that.

And then there were certain little phrases that were kind of more melodic than others. A lot of it’s just bluesy phrases, there were one or two in there that suggested something else. So we orchestrated a few of the phrases, and made it a little more of a composition.

It was an idea that I fancied doing. I fancied doing it for a long time, of just getting someone – it turned out to be me – I was just going to get someone to play blues guitar against an orchestra holding a chord. In this case it was C, and then C minor, just the orchestra hold this chord for ever and ever and ever, and then this guitar playing over the top of it. And that finishes the album. Right at the end of that session… you just hear a little ‘Whoo!’ and that’s it.

Paul McCartney

On a Twitter Q&A in September 2018, Paul said “Hunt You Down” was inspired by Prince:

You mentioned that Prince inspired the song “Hunt You Down” on the new album. I also recall you saying he inspired the song “If You Wanna” on Flaming Pie. Has Prince inspired other songs and were you a big fan?

I can’t think of other songs he has inspired, but those two definitely. I was always a big fan. I went to see him in concert a few times and wrote to him saying how much I enjoyed his guitar playing particularly. I met him a few times. The last time was a couple of New Year’s ago, when he played a New Year’s gig. I’ve always been a big fan.

Paul McCartney
Each track of “Egypt Station” has been given individual artwork that was first published on Twitter on August 14, 2018

Last updated on September 12, 2018

Lyrics

I can’t find my love
No matter how hard I try
She’s giving me the runaround
Makes me want to lay down and cry

Come on back to me right now
‘cos you don’t have to stay away
I won’t play no hide and seek
It’s not a game I want to play

Travelling around the world
Trying to find a perfect mate
I found myself a little girl
Now she’s started running away

Come on back to me right now
Don’t wait til they unleash the hounds
If you don’t get back today
They’ll follow your trail
And hunt you down

Officially appears on


Egypt Station

Official album • Released in 2018

6:22 • Studio versionA • Medley with "Naked", "C-Link"

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Co-producer, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog snare, Mrs mills piano, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Cymbals
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Greg Kurstin:
Backing vocal arrangement, Drum programming, Engineering, Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Billy Bush:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Matt Tuggle:
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux:
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard:
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo:
Cello
Doug Moffet:
Tenor sax
Steve Herrman:
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone:
Bass trombone
Charles Rose:
Trombone
Jim Hoke:
Baritone sax
Kyle Stevens:
Engineering assistant

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Deluxe edition)

Official album • Released in 2018

6:22 • Studio versionA • Medley with "Naked","C-Link"

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Co-producer, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog snare, Mrs mills piano, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Cymbals
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Greg Kurstin:
Backing vocal arrangement, Drum programming, Engineering, Producer
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco:
Engineering
Billy Bush:
Engineering
Julian Burg:
Engineering
Matt Tuggle:
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux:
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard:
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell:
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo:
Cello
Doug Moffet:
Tenor sax
Steve Herrman:
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone:
Bass trombone
Charles Rose:
Trombone
Jim Hoke:
Baritone sax
Kyle Stevens:
Engineering assistant

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Ashpenaz 3 months ago

Isn't Hunt You Down the same basic riff as Jethro Tull's Locomotive Breath?


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 months ago

Hi Ashpenaz, I don't know this Jethro Tull's song - so cannot comment ; all I can say is that Hunt You Down is too short on the album...