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Queenie Eye

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 Wikipedia:

“Queenie Eye” is a song performed by English rock musician Paul McCartney, and written by McCartney and producer Paul Epworth. It is the second single from McCartney’s solo album New, released in 2013.

McCartney explained that the song name and chorus lyrics were from a children’s game he would play when he was young called “Queenie, Queenie, who’s got the ball?” (the “Queenie” was alternatively called “Queenie Eye” or “Queenio”), and used the version of the chant he remembered from the game in the song.

McCartney performed “Queenie Eye” on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast in 2014, with fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr on drums.

The music video for the song was directed by Simon Aboud, husband of McCartney’s daughter Mary. The video is notable for the array of famous people that appear in it including: actors Johnny Depp, Jeremy Irons, Chris Pine, Jude Law, Sean Penn, actor-comedian James Corden, Meryl Streep, actress-comedian Tracey Ullman, model Kate Moss, singer Gary Barlow, artist Peter Blake, designer Tom Ford, and many others.



Last updated on September 19, 2014

Lyrics

There were rules you never told me
Never came up with a plan
All the stories that you sold me
Didn’t help me understand
But I had to get it worked out
Had nobody who could help
So that in the end it turned out
That I had to do it by myself

Life’s a game
Rags from riches
Dogs and bitches
Hunt for fame
Difficult to know which way to turn

Lay the blame
On the snitches
Wicked witches
Fan the flame
Careful what you touch in case you burn

Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye
Who’s got the ball?
I haven’t got it
It isn’t in my pocket
O.U.T. spells out
Out
That’s out
Out
Without a shadow of a doubt
Cause you been putting it about
Hear the people shout
Hear the people shout

Play the game
Take your chances
Every dance is
Much the same
Doesn’t matter which of them you choose

Never blame
Circumstances
If romances
Seldom came
Never pick a fight you’re going to lose

Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye
Who’s got the ball?
I haven’t got it
It isn’t in my pocket
O.U.T. spells out
Out
That’s out
Out
Without a shadow of a doubt
Cause you been putting it about
Hear the people shout
Hear the people shout

It’s a long way
To the finish
When you’ve never been before
I was nervous but I did it
Now I’m going back for more

Let’s shout
Yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Hear the people shout
Yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Yeah, hey, hey, yeah

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Lap steel guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Piano, Synthesizer, Tambourine, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer

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


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:48 • Studio version


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:48 • Studio version


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:48 • Studio version


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:48 • Studio version


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

Live


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

Video • Music video


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Videos

Album • New

Live performances

“Queenie Eye” has been played in 158 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Queenie Eye” has been played


Glasgow • SSE Hydro

Dec 14, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Liverpool • Echo Arena

Dec 12, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour



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