The Paul McCartney Project

Whole Life

Album This song officially appears on the One Year On 46664 EP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1995 (Paul McCartney was 53 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "Whole Life"

Nov 18-19, 1995


Mixing "Whole Life"

Dec 01, 1995


Recording "Whole Life"

Oct 22-23, 2003

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Song facts

Whole Life” is a song written and recorded by Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart, from Eurythmics. The two stars worked on the track in 1995, but the effort of those sessions remained unreleased until the release of a rough mix on the 2020 Flaming Pie Archive Collection.

However, they re-recorded the song in 2003, backed by Paul McCartney’s live band. Dave Stewart was deeply involved in the 46664 anti-AIDS campaign, and called McCartney to help and contribute:

46664 was the prison number of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, Cape Town where he was held in captivity for 18 years. In November 2002 Mr Mandela gave his prison number 46664 to Dave Stewart so that he could use it to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa by raising money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The 46664 campaign was conceived by Dave Stewart and put into place in partnership with the Mandela Foundation and Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.

From eurythmics-ultimate.com

Whole Life” was made available for download on the website 46664.com, a few days after its recording. In 2005, it was released on the “One Year On 46664” EP – released on Apple iTunes (in January) and on physical support in Spain only (in April).

Last updated on August 29, 2020

Lyrics

Oh you got your whole life laid down in front of you
When you've gotta decide exactly what you wanna do
Look to it rising and listen to it calling you
Yeah you got your whole life laid down in front of you
Ohhhhhh
I need to know
You need to tell me
I need to find out right now
I need to hear it from (?)
I need you to tell me its mistery right now

Ohhhhhh
Oh yeah you got your whole life laid down in front of you
From the mountais till the ocean listen to it calling you
You gotta decide exactly what you wanna do
Yeah you got your whole life laid down in front of you
I need to know
You need to tell me
I need to find out right now
I need to hear it from (?)
I need you to tell me its mistery right now

Tell me...
Oh yeah you got your whole life laid down in front of you (2x)
You got the power to do what you need to do
I need to know
You need to tell me
I need to find out right now
I need to hear it from (?)
I need you to tell me its mistery right now
Solo - I need to know...gimme what I need

Officially appears on


One Year On 46664

EP • Released in 2005

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Electric piano, Organ
Brian Ray :
Bass
Dave Stewart :
Acoustic guitar

Session Recording:
Oct 22-23, 2003
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


One Year On 46664

EP • Released in 2005

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Electric piano, Organ
Brian Ray :
Bass
Dave Stewart :
Acoustic guitar

Session Recording:
Oct 22-23, 2003
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

5:34 • Rough mixB

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Recording:
May 18, 1995 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Nov 18-19, 1995
Studio :
The Church Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Dec 01, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK ?

Bootlegs


Give Us That Knowing Wink - Official Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:55 • Studio version • Web Remix. This version was posted by Dave Stewart on his website, described as a “wild fun version of me and Paul going nuts.”


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.28

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

3:55 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.28

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:16 • Studio version


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:07 • Alternate take • recording session


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

3:56 • Alternate take • alternate mix


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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