Spinning On An Axis

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


Other songs James McCartney contributed to


Heaven On A Sunday

Officially appears on Flaming Pie



Ranachan Rock

Unreleased song

Related interviews


The "Driving Rain" interview

November 2001 • From paulmccartney.com

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Song facts

Spinning On An Axis” is a track from Paul McCartney’s 2001 album “Driving Rain“. 

Recorded 21st February 2001 onto 16-track analogue tape then loaded into Logic Audio for overdubs. Paul played Rickenbacker bass then overdubbed Martin acoustic, Epiphone electric guitar, percussion and the vocal. Abe played his drum kit and Roland Handsonic then overdubbed percussion. Rusty played Danelectro electric guitar then overdubbed Martin acoustic guitar and percussion. Gabe overdubbed percussion. James overdubbed percussion. David overdubbed Wurlitzer.

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

‘Spinning On An Axis’ – I was sitting in New Hampshire, visiting American relatives. The sun was going down and me and James, my son, were talking about how the sun actually isn’t going down, we’re turning around away from it. We had a little keyboard thing there and James was playing a little riff on it and I was doing a parody rap thing, just goofing off with no real melody, on those thoughts of spinning on an axis. I had my little cassette with me and I happened to tape that as a little reminder.

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

Last updated on January 21, 2021

Lyrics

World spinning round
To the next revolution
Sun going down
Gonna rise up again

I watch the sun go down
With some sorrow
And now I know it's gonna'
Come back tomorrow
Ain't no reason
It has to do that
It's the season of the culture bat

Spinning on an axis
Spinning on an axis
Staring in the face
Of time and space
Spinning on an axis

World spinning round
To the next revolution
Sun going down
Gonna rise up again

World spinning round
To the next revolution
Sun going down
Gonna rise up again

Hear me rising
Rise up and sing, rise up, rise up

Although I'm curious
It isn't a crime
I want to know if I
Find out in time
A lot of people busy doing their thing
Are gonna wake up and sing

Spinning on an axis
Spinning on an axis
We ask the question
And the answer's yes
Spinning on an axis

I watch the sun go down
With some sorrow
And now I know it's gonna'
Come back tomorrow
Ain't no reason why
It has to do that
It's the season of the culture bat

I watch the sun go down
Wonder if it's gonna come back
Certainly there's no guarantee
But I got a feeling it will be

Spinning on an axis
Spinning on an axis
Spinning on an axis
Spinning on, Spinning on an axis
Spinning on an axis

World spinning round
To the next revolution
Sun going down
Gonna rise up again

World spinning round
To the next revolution
Sun going down
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up
Gonna rise up again

World spinning round
To the next revolution

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

5:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Percussion, Vocals
James McCartney :
Percussion
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Percussion
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums, Percussion
Gabe Dixon :
Percussion
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Piano, Producer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 21, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


Driving Rain - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

5:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Percussion, Vocals
James McCartney :
Percussion
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Percussion
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums, Percussion
Gabe Dixon :
Percussion
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Piano, Producer
Mark Dearnley :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jaime Sickora :
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills :
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 21, 2001
Studio :
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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