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Vintage Clothes

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

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This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

Vintage Clothes” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“.

For me this is about my clothes from the Sixties and the fact that what’s out comes back – fashion going round in circles. I meet quite a few young guys in bands and a question they always ask is, ‘Did you keep the clothes?’ As a matter of fact I did. The Beatles had a tailor, Dougie Millings – he’s in a scene in A Hard Day’s Night. Instead of just going to get a suit as you did before, for a job interview or whatever, suddenly you were going to get epaulettes and fancy buttons, materials and linings. That to me is where the song is coming from. The message is: vintage clothes are great but don’t live in the past. It’s the opening of a medley. The next four songs are designed to run together, with this as the opener. I hadn’t done that since Abbey Road and I thought it would be quite nice to flirt with that idea again. It just means it’s a slightly longer form. You’ve got to think, ‘What came before?’ ‘What statement are you going to make now?’ ‘How’s this going to lead on?’ It’s not that different from just sequencing an album, but you suddenly think of them as a suite of songs, and it’s interesting to write them in that way.

Paul McCartney – interview with Mail On Sunday, May 12, 2008

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

Vintage Clothes,” with its unusual tempo changes, features McCartney on piano and acoustic guitar, with Anderson playing electric. “I like some of the electric guitar sounds because it’s evocative of some of the sounds they achieved at Abbey Road like on the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ reprise,” Kahne notes. Background vocals are, as Kahne puts it, “stacks of Paul.” McCartney’s Mellotron — captured from Abbey Road long ago — is the same one featured doing the “flute” opening on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and he is, in fact, playing that very setting on this recording.

Last updated on January 18, 2021

Lyrics

Don't live in the past
Don't hold on to something that's changing fast

What we are is what we are
And what we wear is vintage clothes

Vintage clothes
Vintage clothes

We jump up for joy
Who cares if we look like a girl or boy

What we are is what we are
And what we wear is vintage clothes

Vintage clothes
Vintage clothes

A little worn
A little torn
Check the rack
What went out is coming back

Don't live in the past
Don't hold on to something that's changing fast

What we are is what we are
And what we wear is vintage clothes

Vintage clothes

A little worn
A little torn
Check the rack
What went out is coming back

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
David Kahne :
Mixing engineer, Producer
Paul Wickens :
Keyboards
Andy Wallace :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
End of February 2004
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

2:22 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:23 • Studio versionA


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:18 • Studio version • [acoustic]


Memory Almost Full Acoustic Teaser 2007

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

3:18 • Studio version


Live Archives Vol. 5 (2007-2010)

Unofficial live • Released in 2018

Live

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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