The Paul McCartney Project

Looking At Her

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the New Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2013

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

Looking At Her” is a song from 2013 album “NEW“, produced by Giles Martin, one of the four products who worked on this album. Little is known about the making-of of this song, as neither Paul McCartney or Giles Martin have talked about it, in the various interviews they held to talk about the release of this album.

From the NEW biography:

[…] There’s ‘Looking At Her’, which starts out as a classic McCartney melody, then responds to the line “Me, I’m just losing my mind” with huge, explosive blasts of Moog noise. […]

Last updated on May 28, 2019

Lyrics

If you ask her how it’s done
She won’t know
It’s like trying to catch the sun
On the water
She tries to explain
Then it happens again

Everybody’s looking at her
She’s got everybody talking about her
She’s good, she’s kind
She’s so refined
But me, I’m losing my mind

Though she haunts me like the sound
Of the rain
Or a river running down
To the ocean
I hate to complain
But it’s happening again

Everybody’s looking at her
She’s got everybody talking about her
She’s good, so fine
She’s sweet as wine
But me, I’m losing my mind

Doesn’t she know, why can’t she see
Look at the effect that she’s having on me
I’m not alone
I’m part of the crowd
Turning our heads as she walks down the street

She tries to explain
Then it happens again

Everybody’s looking at her
She’s got everybody talking about her
She’s good, she’s kind
She’s so refined
But me, I’m losing my mind
I’m losing my mind
I’m losing my mind
I’m losing my mind

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


New - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Guitar
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Toby Pitman :
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin :
Producer
Kevin Mills :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer (?)
Sam Okell :
Recording engineer (?)
Jamie Kirkham :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing engineer
Geoff Swan :
Assistant mixing engineer
Bill Rahko :
Assistant recording engineer (?)
Nicolas Essig :
Assistant recording engineer (?)

Recording :
Early 2013 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Mill, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Mixing:
April 2013
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Kirk Swearingen 3 years ago

Is this song about Jane Asher? It seems to fit how Paul felt fairly early in their relationship--and maybe a bit later when he seemed to be losing himself a bit to other influences and fell out of the relationship.


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Hi Kirk, A very good question, and I don't have the answer now - Will need to do a bit of research ! As you can appreciate, the pages related to NEW are still very weak in terms of content ! Thanks !