Magic

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Driving Rain Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2001

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Related interviews


The "Driving Rain" interview

November 2001 • From paulmccartney.com


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Song facts

Magic” is a track from Paul McCartney’s 2001 album “Driving Rain“. 

Recorded 25th February 2001 onto 16-track analogue tape then loaded into Logic Audio for overdubs. Paul played Epiphone electric guitar then overdubbed Hofner Bass, Martin acoustic guitar and the vocal. Abe played Paul’s Ludwig drum kit. Rusty Gibson SG electric guitar and then overdubbed Martin acoustic guitar. Gabe played Fender Rhodes. David overdubbed a synth.

From the liner notes of the album, and from paulmccartney.com

‘There Must Have Been Magic’ This is about meeting Linda – ‘it must have been magic the night that we met’. I met Linda in a club and I always thought years after, particularly after she died, that if I hadn’t stood up that night in a club we might never have met again. It was something I never normally did; I wouldn’t normally stand up as someone was about to leave and say ‘Er, excuse me, hello.…’ I didn’t do that. It was a bit embarrassing for a young guy to do that. I didn’t normally do that but it was just one of those things that I felt I just had to do that night – ‘Hi, um, I’m Paul, who are you?’ And she sort of smiled and said ‘Linda’. I said ‘Er, we’re going onto another club. Are you going home? Shall we meet up at this other club?’ We were in The Bag O’Nails and we said we’d meet up in The Speakeasy. Which we did. So ‘Magic’ is a song about that; it must have been some sort of magic that made me do that. Because if I hadn’t done that I might not have met her again.

Paul McCartney – From “The Driving Rain interview” published on paulmccartney.com, November 2001

Last updated on January 21, 2021

Lyrics

There must have been magic
The night that we met
If I hadn't stopped you
I'd always regret

A few minutes later
You'd have been out that door
And I'd have been lonely
For ever more
For ever more

Oh what made us do it
Under what holy spell
Nature's mother knew it
Only too well

She reached out her fingers
To point at the sky
Leaving me helpless
Not knowing why

And this is the hour
That they turn out the light
Nothing but memories
Burning so bright
Burning so bright

Oh what made us do it
Under what holy spell
Nature's mother knew it
Only too well

There must have been magic
The night that we met
If I hadn't stopped you
I'd always regret
I'd always regret

There must have been magic
There must have been magic
There must have been magic
The night that we met

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Gabe Dixon :
Piano
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


Driving Rain - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Gabe Dixon :
Piano
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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Scott Hart 3 years ago

Despite not being one of his most famous songs, I have always thought this was superb and captures such a wistful mood.


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