The Paul McCartney Project

New Moon Over Jamaica

Album This song officially appears on the Water from the Wells of Home Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1988
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From The Beatles Rarity:

[…] Many Paul McCartney fans are aware of Paul’s fondness for holidays in Jamaica, and that he has taken quite a few vacations there over the years. Another music legend by the name of Johnny Cash liked the place so much that he actually bought a house there. On one of Paul and Linda’s mid-1980′s trips to the island, Johnny invited them over to his house for dinner, and while Paul was there, he penned the song […] while looking at the moon. The song is called “New Moon Over Jamaica.”

In May of 1988, Johnny showed up at Paul’s studio in England wanting to record the song, for inclusion on his upcoming album Water From The Wells Of Home. He had brought along Tom T. Hall, another country singer friend of his and the two of them had made a few modifications to the song. Paul shared a vocal with Johnny on the song and also played bass. Tom and Linda McCartney sang harmony vocals. […]

TO CHANGE:

Unlike Johnny’s country version, Paul’s demo is done with a reggae beat. On June 18, 1995, Paul featured his reggae demo of the song, segued with Johnny’s version, in his Oobu Joobu radio show and that is the version I give you here

Last updated on November 26, 2016

Lyrics

There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And the new year just got here, you see
There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And I’m living with an old memory

So won’t you come back to Jamaica?
You know it isn’t so far
Look up in the sky where you left me that night
I’ll be standing right under that star

There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And the new year just got here, you see
There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And I’m living with an old memory

I said good evening to Venus
She said good evening too
Out there somewhere, you know I could swear
She sent a message of true love from you

There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And the new year just got here, you see
There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And I’m living with an old memory

A new moon makes someone feel happy
A new moon makes someone lovesick
I’m thinking of you, but what can I do?
New moons and new years and old loves don’t mix

There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And the new year just got here, you see
There’s a new moon over Jamaica
And I’m living with an old memory

Officially appears on


Water from the Wells of Home

Official album • Released in 1988

3:12 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Vocals
Hamish Stuart:
Guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Tom T. Hall:
Backing vocals
Johnny Cash :
Vocals
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Jack Clement:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
June Carter:
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
May 09, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.22

Unofficial album

2:11 • Studio version • Demo version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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