I Can't Imagine

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the C'Mon People / I Can't Imagine 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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)

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

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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


C'Mon People / I Can't Imagine

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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

4:42 • Studio versionA • 2022 remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Off The Ground Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

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

Latest concerts where I Can't Imagine has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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