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This Never Happened Before

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“This Never Happened Before” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. It was released to radio stations in the United States in 2006, peaking at #27 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart (see 2006 in music). It was included in the soundtrack of the movie The Lake House (2006).

From an interview of Paul by Gary Crowley (2005 UK promotional only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London ; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1):

Track 12 is This Never Happened Before. Tell us about this track.

It’s Never Happened Before is a straight love song and, you know, I’m a lover not a fighter as they say.  I think that’s such an important thing in the world and it gets spoken of, sung about a lot but I, certainly you know Silly Love Songs, what’s wrong with the message of that?  I love that, I love to do that so this one was really exactly that.  It just kind of wrote itself a bit, you know, it just (sings) ‘I’m very sure it’s never happened to me before.’  The chords, it’s always a big help if you get a nice little chord sequence and the opening chords to the verse of that go a nice place so they settle you down with your melody and you feel like you’re going somewhere, so that was what was happening and wrote it and recorded it, one of our very first things we did with Nigel at Rak, that was one of the things to see if we could sort of get it on and I thought, ‘This is good.  We’re going to go somewhere with this’.  That and Follow Me were really the first two that Nigel and I did together and nice little story about it was, I was in America and I was actually getting a massage and I happened to play it and the girl who was doing the massage said, ‘Oh, I love that song, it’s magnificent,’ and she happened to tell me she was getting married so very quietly I just sort of sent her, a few weeks later, she told me when she was getting married and you know where it would be so I got her number off her, sent her a little letter saying, ‘Look, if you love it that much, why don’t you play this at your  wedding?’ so I said, ‘but this is highly bootleggable,’ I said, ‘so just play it and send it me back.  You can’t keep it, but,’ I said, ‘I’ll send you the proper record when we’re done with it,’ and it was great, really lovely. They did do that.  They got married to it and it was like their first dance.  Highly romantic stuff this and, but it was very nice because she just wrote me a letter, thanks and all that and told me about the wedding and all that, about her husband but she just put this one little line, she said, ‘You know we had a great time. We laughed.  We cried,’ and I thought that sums up that song for me.

 

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

I'm very sure
This never happened to me before
I met you and now I'm sure
This never happened before

Now I see
This is the way it's supposed to be
I met you and now I see
This is the way it should be

This is the way it should be for lovers
They shouldn't go it alone
It's not so good when you're on your own

So come to me
Now we can be what we want to be
I love you and now I see
This is the way it should be
This is the way it should be

This is the way it should be for lovers
They shouldn't go it alone
It's not so good when you're on your own

I'm very sure
This never happened to me before
I met you and now I'm sure
This never happened before this never happened
This never happened before this never happened
This never happened before this never happened before

Officially appears on


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Epiphone casino electric guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Vocals, Yamaha grand piano
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
September 2003 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio:
RAK Studios, London

Bootlegs


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:24 • Studio version


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:14 • Studio version • [promo edit]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Claire Lloyd 3 years ago

I'd really love to get a copy of the single; This Never Happend Before from the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard album. I've read that it was only released as a promotional copy so I know it's not going to be easy! If you can recommend anywhere I can try I'd be beyond grateful, or even better if I can get the single from you....?

Many thanks,

Claire


admin 3 years ago

Hi Claire,

Thanks for your message.

I would recommend getting "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection" - it's available as a download on a very popular Beatles forum ; and contains everything related to "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard" in very good quality.

All the best.