The Paul McCartney Project

Somedays

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other Flaming Pie song also appearing on Working Classical

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Song facts

Somedays” is a song from 1997 album “Flaming Pie“. From the liner notes:

At first, one session was all it took to commit ‘Somedays’ on to tape, but Paul felt that it could be enhanced by an arrangement. At this time he was occasionally meeting with George Martin at Abbey Road, sifting through unissued archive Beatles recordings for the Anthology albums (and still nervous, 30 years on, that he would not be the cause of any musical breakdowns…), and Paul asked George if he would listen to ‘Somedays’ and consider scoring it for an orchestra. “I see you haven’t lost your touch!” was the considered response; a 14-piece ensemble overdubbed their contribution on 10 June, 1996.

“I’d driven Linda to a photo session for one of her cookery assignments. Knowing she’d be about two hours, I set myself a deadline to write a song in that time – so that when she’d finished and would say ‘Did you get bored? What did you do?’, I could say ‘Oh, I wrote this song. Wanna hear it?”

Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

This was written the day Linda was doing one of her cookery assignments. I went along too, taking an acoustic guitar, and asked the lady in the house we were using if she had a little room where I could go and sit quietly. She offered me her son’s room and I went in there. In these situations I tend to make up a little fantasy, thinking: well, they’re going to be two or three hours, and when it’s all done they’ll say to me, “What did you do?” And I’ll be able to reply, “Oh, I wrote a song!” So I just started writing, with my guitar, and came up with ‘Somedays’ -“Somedays I look, I look at you with eyes that shine, somedays I look into your soul” The first verse came quite well, then the second and the middle, and whereas, at another time, I might have thought, “I leave the words there and finish them next week”, I finished them there and then. John and I used to do this too, occasionally: I don’t think we ever really took more than three or four hours on a song. I’d go to visit him, he’d come to visit me, and we’d sit down and write. 

I’m not a great reader into moods: I don’t naturally say that if I wrote a sad song then I was sad that day, or if I wrote a happy song I was happy. I wrote ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I know a Desmond or a Molly. I compose songs like playwrights write a play. They don’t have to know everyone in the play, they don’t have to know anyone in the play, it’s just a product of their imagination. I remember George Harrison saying to me once, “I always have to write from something that’s happened to me, something in my experience.” Well, that’s certainly a good way to write but I’m more fluid, more flexible than that. Sometimes.

Mark Lewisohn, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

No matter how many songs a composer may have created, whether 5 or 500, mental mind-games are often employed to light the fuse. Paul McCartney, whose cache of hits extends much closer to the latter figure, still likes to impose arbitrary deadlines upon himself, and ‘Somedays’ was written under one such stricture. The date was 18 March 1994 when Paul drove Linda to a house in a village nearby their own, “where she would be photographed for a cookery assignment. While his wife was being snapped Paul retired to a bedroom, normally used by the house-owner’s son, and – possessing an acoustic guitar, pen and paper – conceived his newest song. Knowing that he had only 90 minutes, and realising the question “What did you do?” would be asked of him when the photo session was over, was all the prompting Paul needed to create, the melody and lyric arriving wholly intact. The house-owner’s son made his mark on the song, too, his soccer ephemera on the wall unconsciously prompting Paul to make footballing analogies in the lyric. Writing with John Lennon was often the same: the pair rarely spent more than three hours on a new song and were much influenced by everyday events and objects around them.

In 1999, the song on appeared on Working Classical interpreted with a string quartet. From the album liner notes:

Somedays is one of the finest tracks on McCartney’s solo album, Flaming Pie. Remarkably, it was written in just two hours after he had accompanied Linda to a photo session and found himself with some spare time on his hands.

Last updated on May 15, 2018

Lyrics

Somedays I look
I look at you with eyes that shine
Somedays I don't
I don't believe that you are mine

It's no good asking me what time of day it is
Who won the match or scored the goal
Somedays I look
Somedays I look into your soul

Sometimes I laugh
I laugh to think how young we were
Sometimes it's hard
It's hard to know which way to turn

Don't ask me where I found that picture on the wall
How much it cost or what it's worth
Sometimes I laugh
I laugh to think how young we were

We don't need anybody else to tell us what is real
Inside each one of us is love
And we know how it feels

Somedays I cry
I cry for those who live in fear
Somedays I don't
I don't remember why I'm here

No use reminding me, it's just the way it is
Who ran the race or came in first
Somedays I cry
I cry for those who fear the worst

We don't need anybody else to tell us what is real
Inside each one of us is love
And we know how it feels

Somedays I look
I look at you with eyes that shine
Somedays I don't
I don't believe that you are mine

It's no good asking me what time of day it is
Who won the match or scored the goal
Somedays I look
Somedays I look into your soul

Officially appears on


Flaming Pie

Official album • Released in 1997

4.11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Spanish guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
November 1-3, 1995
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Overdubs:
Jun 10, 1996
Studio:
AIR Lyndhusrt Studio

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

3:05 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Steve Rooke:
Mastering
Krista Bennion Feeney:
First violin
Anca Nicolau:
Second violin
Joanna Hood:
Viola
Myron Lutzke:
Cello
Loma Mar Quartet:
Arranger
Performed by:
Loma Mar Quartet
John Fraser:
Producer
Arne Akselberg:
Balance engineer
Paul Baily:
Editor
Caroline Haigh:
Editor

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:26 • Rough mix • Early mix. Written on Friday March 18, 1994 , while Paul accompanied Linda to a photo session for her vegetarian cooking book. To pass the time he wrote ‘Somedays’. This is the early mix, released on January 30, 1997 on the Capitol 3 track album sampler. The differences become most apparent in the second verse with alternate orchestration, variations in the Mellotron (some answering flute “laughs” on the first line where Paul sings “laugh”) and the line “Somedays, I look, I look at you with eyes that shine” is repeated at the end.


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

4:27 • Studio version


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

4:25 • Alternate take • Rough Mix


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

4:25 • Alternate take • Rough Mix 2


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

2:22 • Alternate take • Paul On


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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