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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

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

Mr. Bellamy” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“.

Who is Mr Bellamy? I never know who these people are. Who are Chuck and Dave from When I’m Sixty-Four? Who is Eleanor Rigby? Who are Desmond and Molly from Ob-La-Di? I don’t know – I just make them up. I like giving characters names and trying to make them fit.I had a little piano riff that’s behind the Mr Bellamy verse. I wanted some lyrics that would poke in and out of the riff, so I began with, ‘I’m not coming down, no matter what you say, I like it up here.’ Sometimes I don’t actually know where I’m going, so then I look at just what that verse is, and in this case I got a picture of a guy sitting on top of a skyscraper and all the people in the street – the rescue team, the psychiatrist, the man with the megaphone shouting: ‘Don’t jump’ and the people shouting: ‘Jump’. So I fished around for a name and came up with Bellamy, which sounded like someone who might want to jump. And I just followed the story through. The end is like a pull back with a camera – there he is, little Bellamy sitting on the ledge, enjoying it up in the clouds. And that’s how we recorded it, as a sort of film.

Paul McCartney – interview with Mail On Sunday, May 12, 2008

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.

Why did Thom turn down Paul McCartney’s request to collaborate [on his recent Memory Almost Full album]?

Uhh, ’cause I can’t play piano. Not like that. I had to explain to him that, I listened to the tune – “Mr Bellamy” – and I really liked the song, but the piano playing involved two hands doing things separately. I don’t have that skill available. I said to him, “I strum piano, that’s it.”

Thom York, from QA with the Observer, December 2007

Last updated on January 19, 2021

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
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Recording engineer
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

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 versionA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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