The Paul McCartney Project

I Can't Imagine

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the C'Mon People 7" Single.
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

I Can’t Imagine” is a love song recorded during the sessions for 1993 album “Off The Ground“, released as a B-Side on the “C’Mon People” single.

The song includes a psychedelic ending with percussion and electric guitar, an excerpt from a four minute instrumental called “On A Pedestal” written in France during the same sojourn that inspired “I Owe It All To You“.

From Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013)

Last updated on June 15, 2019

Lyrics

For me to say what I'm about to say?
Could take a bit of courage?
But I can summon up enough of this and maybe more??
Without your love I know I'd find it difficult
No reason to continue?
So how can anyone live not knowing what love is
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before
I don't wanna think about it anyhow
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before
We don't have to talk about it
No, not now
Need a lie, when I don't have to lie?
It get me into trouble?
And I've been keepin' out of trouble for a long time now?
So this is true, it's me for you eternity?
Can go and last forever?
But while we're taking our time?
I pity those that love left behind??
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before?
I don't wanna think about it anyhow, anyhow?
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before?
We don't have to talk about it
Oh, not now?
Talk about it now?
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before?
I don't wanna think about it, think about it anyhow ?
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before
I don't have to talk about it no, not now??
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before?
I don't wanna think about it think about it anyhow?
I can't imagine how it feels to never been in love like this before
We don't have to talk about it
No, not now
I don't wanna talk about it, no, not now.

Officially appears on


C'Mon People

7" Single • Released in 1993

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine (?)
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?)
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion (?)
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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


C'Mon People

EP • Released in 1993

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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 - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

4:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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

Bootlegs


B-Sides Complete Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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


UK Singles Collection - Volume 05

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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 - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 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 Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:16 • Studio version • Hamish's backing vocals and acoustic guitar

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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