The Paul McCartney Project

Mr. Bellamy

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

This track is about a fellow who climbed up a building and won’t come down. Recorded in March of ’06 at The Mill, it is one of four songs that were tracked that day. Instrumentation-wise, McCartney built the song following the lyrics. McCartney sang two vocal lines during the song’s second bridge, a favorite of Kahne’s. “The vocal from the first ‘B’ section comes in halfway through, and it really makes a good counterpoint vocal,” Kahne recalls. “Concert-quality double melody, and you can hear them both very clearly. They cross each other, but you can still hear them.

For drums during the song’s “B” sections, McCartney chose to play his kick in an unusual manner. “He wanted this kick pattern that was real quick. He was thinking it, but he couldn’t get his foot to do it the right way. So he jumped off the drum kit and undid the beater of the bass drum, and he got on his knees and played it by hand.” The drums are played normally during the rest of the song, creating a dynamic contrast.

One other detail was kept in from the original session: “We were recording, and there was a guy there doing a photo shoot, taking some pictures. You can actually hear his shutter snap on the song, which I left in the intro because the guy in the song is sort of in that situation, which fit.

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

I'm not coming down
No matter what you do
I like it up here
Without you

All right Mr Bellamy
We'll have you down soon

No one to tell me what to do
No one to hold my hand
Bellamy's got a lot to do
And I hope that you'll understand
Nobody here to spoil the view
Interfere with my plans
Bellamy's got a job to do
And he's hoping you'll understand

Steady, Lads
Easy Does It
Don't frighten him!
Here we go
Here we go

I'm not coming down
No matter what you say
I like it up here
Anyway

Sit tight Mr Bellamy
This shouldn't take long

In a delusionary state
No wonder he's been feeling strange of late

In the delusionary state
No wonder he's been feeling strange of late

Nobody here to spoil the view
Interfere with my plans
Bellamy's got a job to do
And he's hoping you'll understand

Steady Lads
Easy Does It
Don't frighten him
Here we go
Here we go

I'm not coming down
No matter what you do
I like it up here
Without you

Come down
Come down
Come back to me

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

3:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizers, Vocals

Session Recording:
March 2006
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

3:40 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
March 2006
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:40 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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