Riding Into Jaipur

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Driving Rain Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2001

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

Riding Into Jaipur” is a track from Paul McCartney’s 2001 album “Driving Rain“. 

Recorded 16th February 2001 onto 8-track analogue tape then loaded into Logic Audio for overdubs. Paul played Martin “Backpacker” acoustic guitar then overdubbed Hofner bass guitar and a vocal. Abe played Roland Handsonic with African drum samples. Rusty played tampura then overdubbed Gibson electric 12-string guitar. Gabe played piano. David overdubbed a synth.

From the liner notes of the album, and from paulmccartney.com

Making up a song is always a great pleasure, it doesn’t seem like hard work to me. ‘Riding To Jaipur’ – funnily enough the melody for this was written outside of India. I had a back-packing guitar, a little Martin travel guitar that is absolutely slimmed down to nothing and weighs sort of zero ounces. I had one of those that Linda had got me as a prezzie; and I took it when she and I went to The Maldives for a holiday. My particular back-packer – and I haven’t noticed this on other people’s – seems to have a bit of a sound on certain frets like a sitar, and because I was in the middle of The Indian Ocean, the two came together in that song. I didn’t have a title for the song, but when I went to India this year I took a train to Jaipur. It was a very exotic over-night train journey and I did some words that were in the same vein as that original melody. So those two things came together.

Paul McCartney – From “The Driving Rain interview” published on paulmccartney.com, November 2001

From Rebeat, November 12, 2004:

Riding into Jaipur” holds significance in the Paul / Heather [Mills] story: Jaipur, India, is where McCartney bought Mills’ engagement ring. Guess he did choose love over heartbreak in the end.

Last updated on January 21, 2021

Lyrics

Riding to Jaipur
Riding through the night
Riding with my baby
Oh what a delight
Oh what a delight
It is

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

4:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
12-string electric guitar, Tampura
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Electronic percussion
Gabe Dixon :
Piano
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


UK Singles Collection - Volume 06

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
12-string electric guitar, Tampura
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Electronic percussion
Gabe Dixon :
Piano
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Driving Rain - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
12-string electric guitar, Tampura
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Electronic percussion
Gabe Dixon :
Piano
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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