The Paul McCartney Project

Ou Est Le Soleil?

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flowers In The Dirt Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other 1989 songs for the dance floors

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Song facts

Où Est Le Soleil?” is a dance tracked released as a bonus track on the CD & cassette editions of “Flowers In The Dirt“. Quite wacky, as Paul described it by himself ; and nonetheless multiple remixes have been published.

Paul McCartney in “Club Sandwich 52, Summer 1989“:

“A very wacky thing where we decided to make something up…Trevor said ‘Have you got anything for one of the verses?’ I said ‘Well I’ve got this really silly idea…’, which is like just some French words that say ‘Ou est le soleil? Dans la tete. Travaillez.’ Those are the complete lyrics…So we’ve got this silly French dance track now, which I love!

From “In Their Own Words: The Producers discuss McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt“, by Super Deluxe Edition blog:

[…] Trevor Horn: I thought we’d done pretty well, very short bursts and everything was good but if I’m honest, by I think by the time it got to Ou Est Le Soleil I’d been sucked into it a bit. I always see part of it was his personality, he was such good fun to work with him and he was so full of beans. But it sort of developed from a jam I think. I think Steve had a little bit of writing on it. Not officially, but I think he did.

Stephen Lipson: The night before, he said “well why don’t we come in tomorrow morning and just see what happens.” We came in the next day and he goes “anyone got any ideas?”  I went “yes, I have”. I hit play on my computer and, forgetting the vocal and backwards guitar – [Steve plays the track from the start for about 50 seconds] – that came out from beginning to end. Which is why Trevor says what he said. And then Paul put seven words in French on one note on the top and said he had written the song, which actually, [as] he said it is lyrics and melody, you can’t really argue. I had a discussion with him about it and you know what… it worked out fine. I think I got an arrangement credit or something, and we did some deal. Whatever.  But it is fine, he didn’t want to give me a writing credit and I think that is his prerogative. It would have been nice, but it is his prerogative. And it doesn’t make me think any less of the man.

Trevor Horn: You know I had a reasonable idea of how good, how much value a track had and something like Ou Est Le Soleil I’d forget about it [because] the problem with this one was always that it wasn’t a proper song. Really, it’s like a little piece of entertainment.

Stephen Lipson: We didn’t spend that much time on it. I had it. It was all there. We over-dubbed a few things. I think he might have played drums on it. He got Hamish [Stuart] to play guitar and we might have developed one bit. […]

 

  • [A] – released on Flowers In The Dirt
  • [B] – 12″ Mix
  • [C] – Tub Dub Mix
  • [D] – 7″ Mix
  • [E] – Instrumental mix
  • [F] – Disconet Edit by Dennis Muyet

Last updated on April 16, 2017

Lyrics

Ou est le soleil
Dans la tete
Travaillez

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt

Official album • Released in 1989

4:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Heff Moraes:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK


Figure Of Eight

CD Single • Released in 1989

4:50 • Studio versionD • 7" mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Ou Est Le Soleil?

12" Single • Released in 1989

7:02 • Studio versionB • 12" Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Ou Est Le Soleil?

12" Single • Released in 1989

4:27 • Studio versionC • Tub Dub Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Ou Est Le Soleil?

12" Single • Released in 1989

4:25 • Studio versionE • Instrumental Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

4:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Heff Moraes:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

4:50 • Studio versionD • 7" mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Heff Moraes:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

4:47 • Studio versionA.2017 • 2017 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Heff Moraes:
Assistant engineer
Sam Okell:
Remastering
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

7:05 • Studio versionB • 12" Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.9

Unofficial album

0:41 • Demo


Wingspan: the Remixes

Unofficial album

6:59 • Studio versionF • Disconet Edit by Dennis Muyet


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Heff Moraes:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

7:01 • Studio versionB • 12" Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:30 • Studio versionC • Tub Dub Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Violin keyboard, Vocals, Woodsaw
Hamish Stuart:
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten:
Tom-toms
Eddie Klein:
Computer programming
Steve Lipson:
Bass, Computer and drum programming, Keyboards, Producer
Trevor Horn:
Computered drums, Keyboards, Producer
Goh Hotoda:
Remixing
Tony Shimkin:
Further production work
Shep Pettibone:
Producer

Session Recording:
January 2nd-21st, 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 10, 1988
Studio:
Sarm West Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1989
Studio:
Sound Works, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Apr 21, 1989
Studio:
Prime Cuts, New York, USA


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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