The Paul McCartney Project

Seize The Day

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

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Song facts

Seize The Day” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“.

In 1970, McCartney was an album that featured themes of home, the family and love. What features on this new one?

I think it’s similar. It’s to do with freedom and love. There’s a varied lot of feelings on it, but I didn’t set out for it to all be like, ‘This is how I feel at this moment.’ The old themes are there, of love and optimism. ‘Seize the Day’ – it’s me. That’s the truth.

Paul McCartney – from an interview with Stuart Stubbs, from Loud And Quiet magazine, October 2020

Did the pandemic, did what we’re all going through, affect any of the writing, do you think?

Yeah I think so. A couple of the newer songs – this one called “Seize The Day” that had echoes of the pandemic kind of thing you know, “when the cold days come we wish that we had seized the day” kind of things, like so that was just reminding myself and anyone listening that you know you better grab the good stuff and, you know, try and get it on through the pandemic. It certainly helped me you know

Paul McCartney – from an interview with Matt Everitt, for BBC Radio 6, October 2020

How about these lines in “Seize The Day”: “The old ways fade away / There’ll be no more sun / And we’ll wish that we had / Held on to the day.” Is this age and experience talking?

I don’t go looking for it! Your life is naturally running along those lines. With songwriting, I get an idea, then I try to work out what it is I’m saying. I follow a trail, like a trail of breadcrumbs leading you out of the woods. I was in the first verse of “Seize The Day”, and completely at random – it’s always random – I came up with, “Yankee toes and Eskimos”. What’s this all about? I like it, but how the hell am I going to get out of this? Where are these breadcrumbs leading? Then out came, “Can turn to frozen ice”. That’s good! Not every day of your life is sunny, so when these cold days come, let’s seize the day – hang on to the good times. So it became philosophical, but I didn’t set out to write a philosophical song.

Paul McCartney, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

I had this little place in Scotland. So we just went out there. “It’s so remote, no one can be bothered trekking all the way up here for a meeting.” It was a good period. We grabbed our freedom – you know what, we seized the day! Also, I had a new baby; I’d not been a father before, so I was very happy. Fast forward to today and my new album cover has been taken by that baby!

Paul McCartney, remember the days after the Beatles break in 1970, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

Last updated on November 21, 2020

Lyrics

[...] When the cold days come
And the old ways fade away
There’ll be no more sun
And we’ll wish that we had held on to the day. [...]

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Electric guitars, Producer, Vocals

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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