The Paul McCartney Project

New

Written by Paul McCartney

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

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Song facts

From https://macca-news.blogspot.com/2018/08/new-typical-mccartney-stuck-in-your-head-tune.html :

Paul McCartney interview (???):

We wanted to put it out as the first track from the album, because it’s a summer, drive along song. I can imagine driving the motorway while this one is blasting from the car speakers. (…) When I play to people the (new) album and this one comes along, they go “Oh this is you!” (…) So yeah, people do point out that it’s very me. And I must say, when I wrote it, I thought that. I thought “Okay, this is me, writing songs that I’m known for”.

New is a love song, dedicated to Paul’s new love Nancy Shevell with whom he married two years before:

You know there are so many ways to talk about meeting someone and falling for someone. It just occurred to me, when I was writing this song, that I could say ‘then we were new’. There we were, going along and then we were new. It was just another way that I thought was kind of, hopefully, original to say ‘then we were in love’.

The song was written at McCartney’s home in London on his dad’s old piano, that the McCartney family used to have in their home back in Liverpool.

It got a great sound and obviously the whole vibe, because it was my dad’s, I played it as a kid, he played it, it’s a nice instrument to play. So I got to this… (humming the basic beat) I wrote a couple of verses and grabbed a little cassette recorder that I can stick things down on quickly and when I had it finished I took it in to Mark.

Mark Ronson is one of four producers with whom McCartney has been working on his new album. The two have known each other on a friendly basis and Ronson also acted as a DJ at the wedding of Paul and Nancy.

Mark’s work with Amy Winehouse was sensational, so I knew he’d be good. He knows his music, he knows what he likes and the two of us together took the song and tried to put the maximum vibe into it. We had a lot of fun. He brought expertise, energy, enthusiasm and the odd laugh or two. (…) I said ‘I think we can do this one well together. You’ve got a good pop sensibility’, although I don’t like the word ‘pop’. And he loved the song and then we kind of put the brass on it which is a little bit of his trademarks. So suddenly there it was, it all came together you know. We had the track.

Mark Ronson:

It was just such an instant classic. I said, ‘I would love to work on that song with you’, and that’s how it started. It was a masterclass in learning how to put together a fucking incredible song – just watching his mind work. I was definitely surprised by how inspired he still is. It would be so easy for someone at this point in his career to go in, mess around, not necessarily phone it in, but it’s so inspiring how brimming with ideas he is the entire time he is in the studio. (…) There’s a certain kind of rhythm on, say, Penny Lane and Got To Get You Into My Life which is also on New. But it’s really hard to get it right, to get the right feel, because it’s Paul’s own personal groove. In the end we had to get his live band in to play on the track, because it’s so difficult to follow. Once he picks up that bass, his rhythmic sensibilities also kick in. Watching him in the studio was a masterclass in harmony and arrangement.

From RollingStone, September 13th 2013:

Paul McCartney offers a glimpse of what it’s like to be Paul McCartney in a lyric video for “New,” his latest single (and the title of his forthcoming album). The lyrics flash on the screen over scenes of McCartney onstage performing and soaking in applause, traveling to gigs with police escorts and greeting fans, along with a quick look at him driving a golf cart backstage and leaving a guitar pick on Elvis Presley’s grave at Graceland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbbP0ozyMs

From The Examiner, September 14th 2013:

“It was totally impromptu. We hadn’t sung it since we recorded it together months earlier,” [Brian Ray] says. “We simply joined in as we normally do before taking the stage with Paul, this time singing ‘New’ without practicing it beforehand.”

McCartney added the video to YouTube earlier this week. It features Ray, Abe Laboriel Jr., Paul “Wix” Wickens, Rusty Anderson and McCartney singing the song. Anderson also strums acoustic guitar during the impromptu performance, which was taped just prior to the band’s Regina, Canada, performance on the just concluded segment of their Out There! tour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc6rQMksXXA

Last updated on September 1, 2018

Lyrics

Don’t look at me
It’s way too soon to see
What’s gonna be, don’t look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

You came along
And made my life a song
One lucky day you came along
Just in time
While I was searching for a rhyme
You came along
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there’s no guarantee
We’ve got nothing to lose

Don’t look at me
I can’t deny the truth
It’s plain to see, don’t look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there’s no guarantee
We’ve got nothing to lose

Don’t look at me
It’s way too soon to see
What’s gonna be, don’t look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo
Now we are new
oo-oo-oo-oo

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Bouzouki with pencils, Conga drums, Harpsichord, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Bouzouki with pencils, Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals
Dave Bishop:
Baritone saxophone
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Guitar
Mark Ronson:
Producer
Steve Sidwell:
Trumpet
Jamie Talbot:
Tenor saxophone
Giles Martin:
Additional production

Studio:
Avatar Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios and Hog Hill Mill


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

2:57 • Studio version


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

2:57 • Studio version


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:57 • Studio version


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

2:57 • Studio version


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

Live


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

Video • Lyric video


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Live performances

“New” has been played in 151 concerts and 6 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “New” has been played



Sydney • Qudos Bank Arena

Dec 12, 2017 • Part of One On One Tour


Sydney • Qudos Bank Arena

Dec 11, 2017 • Part of One On One Tour



Melbourne • AAMI Park

Dec 06, 2017 • Part of One On One Tour



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