The Paul McCartney Project

Summer's Day Song

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1980

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979



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Song facts

‘Nobody Knows’ is craziness, ‘Summer’s Day Song’ is craziness, ‘Frozen Jap’ is craziness, ‘Bogey Music’ is craziness.

Paul McCartney, from McCartney II Archive Collection, 2011

Summer’s Day Song” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, released on his second solo album, “McCartney II“, released in 1980.

Paul McCartney in The Beatles – The Dream is Over: Off The Record 2, by Keith Badman:

I had heard a piece of music that I liked, which was a very classical sounding piece. So, that day, when I went into the studio, I thought it would be a nice change if I tried something, sort of, classical. I built it up, wrote a couple of words, and put a few vocals over the top, so it does sound like something classical-cum-something else.

Eddie Klein was helping as engineer on “McCartney II“; he said about “Summer’s Day Song” in “McCartney II – Archive Collection” book:

[…] Paul decided that the instrumental called “Summer’s Day Song” should have some lyrics and so we added a vocal and harmony vocal at Replica Studio. Replica Studio was installed in the basement of MPL’s office [Paul’s London HQ], so called because it was a replica of Abbey Road’s Number 2 studio even down to a battery operated clock installed into an elarged photo of Number 2 studio as seen through the control room window. Although it was done for a different project it was available as and when required, and so was ideal to continue with further editing. This vocal recording was the only thing I did on the album, and Paul mixed it that same afternoon.

The instrumental version [A1] was officially released on “McCartney II – Archive Collection” in 2011.

Last updated on May 25, 2020

Lyrics

Someone's sleeping
Through a bad dream
Tomorrow it will be over
For the world will soon be waking
To a summer's day

Officially appears on


McCartney II

Official album • Released in 1980

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Overdubs:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Session Mixing:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

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


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:26 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Overdubs:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Session Mixing:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

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


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:26 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Overdubs:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Session Mixing:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

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


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:29 • Studio versionA1 • Original version of the song on the main album, without vocals

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Sep 25, 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

3:26 • Rough mixA1 • Original without vocals

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Sep 25, 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:21 • Rough mixA1 • Original without vocals

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Sep 25, 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Overdubs:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Session Mixing:
October 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

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


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:27 • Studio versionA1 • Original without vocals

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Sep 25, 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Studio Rarities - Volume 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:19 • Rough mixA1 • Original without vocals

Paul McCartney :
Keyboards, Mellotron, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Sep 25, 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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