The Paul McCartney Project

Rinse The Raindrops

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Driving Rain Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2001
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

One of longest track (just over 10 minutes) ever released by Paul McCartney, “Rinse The Raindrops” is a kind-of a jam in the studio released on Paul’s 2001 “Driving Rain” album. From a November 2001 interview:

‘Rinse The Raindrops’ – I’ve only ever written a couple of songs where the lyrics came first. ‘All My Loving’ with The Beatles was the first one of those. We were on a tour bus and I didn’t have a guitar or, obviously, a piano with me. So I wrote the words on the bus and finished the song when I found a piano at the gig. This was a similar thing – I was sailing and some words came to me that I wasn’t sure whether they were a poem or a song. I liked them and sort of wrote a rough melody for them in my head. But then we were in the studio one day and I fancied doing something different with the guys. We’d come to the end of my more prepared tunes, so I thought I’d do something crazy with this. I took the two verses, it’s only got two verses, and very hastily wrote a bridge and an instrumental bridge for it. I showed them the bits on an acoustic and then got onto bass and we just jammed the song for half an hour or so. David reckoned I sang the verse about 48 times. Because I was doing just the same lyric, I jus t sang it every way I could think of so that hopefully he could get something out of that. We went home and left him to stay up until four in the morning to work on it. We came in the next day and David said ‘I couldn’t get it down any shorter than this’, he’d collaged together all the bits he liked, and it’s like a ten-minute song. It reminds me of festivals in summer, hippies and bands jamming. There’s a good energy to it. 

Rinse The Raindrops” was shortened to 5 minutes, as a “single remix” for U.S. jukeboxes only. It then got a “Twin Freaks” treatment in 2005.

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

Rinse the raindrops
From your head
Wipe your eyes
Go back to bed
In the morning
Skies'll clear
And I'll be here

See the sunlight
Break the ice
For the birds of paradise
Listen to the song they sing
Awakening

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

10:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Accordion, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ, Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

3:14 • Studio versionB

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Driving Rain... In The New Century

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

5:03 • Studio versionA1 • Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles, Paul on Hofner bass, Spanish guitar and vocals, Abe Laboriel Jnr. on Paul's Ludwig drums and accordion, Rusty Anderson on Gibson 335 electric guitar, and Gibson Stratocaster electric guitar, Gabe Dixon on Wurlitzer electric piano, piano and Hammond organ. This is a shortened "single remix" for U.S. jukeboxes only. By the way, who puts money in a jukebox for "Rinse The Raindrops?"

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Accordion, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ, Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Twin Freaks - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:16 • Studio versionB

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Driving Rain - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

10:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Accordion, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ, Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Give Us That Knowing Wink - Official Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

5:03 • Studio versionA1 • Promo edit

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Accordion, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ, Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:15 • Studio versionB • Twin Freaks instrumental

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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