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Winedark Open Sea

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Winedark Open Sea” is a track from 1993 album “Off The Ground“. Paul started to write it ( “Sailing On The Winedark Open Sea” was the current name) in August 1991 while on holidays (“Calico Skies” was written at the same period), and recorded a demo a month after.

Winedark Sea” is likely a reference to Homer, who mentioned this line dozens of time in his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey:

The wine-dark sea is a traditional English translation of οἶνοψ πόντος (oinops pontos), an epithet in Homer of uncertain meaning. A literal translation is “wine-face sea”. The only other use of oinops in the works of Homer is for oxen, where it seems to describe a reddish color, which has given rise to various speculations about what it could mean about the blue seas.

From Wikipedia

That’s a nice track, simply played and underproduced as well. I know I would have added more to it, but it’s a case of the magic’s in there and you’ve got to leave it alone.

Hamish Stuart – From the “New World Tour” tour book

Winedark Open Sea” was rehearsed in anticipation of the 1993 New World Tour, but was finally never played live. A rehearsal turned into a jam was aired on McCartney’s Oobu Joobu radio show in 1995.

Last updated on June 15, 2019

Lyrics

Open up your heart
If you want to set me free
Full of love, your love.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.

Lighten up, my heart
Leave it to the evening breeze.
Give me love, your love.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.

Oh my, I feel love for you
Spreading through my body,
I remember how
We can be so loving.
I feel love for you now.
I feel love for you right now.

Loosen up, my heart.
Let me have some time to be
With a love, my love.?
Sailing on a winedark open sea.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.

Oh my, I feel love for you
Spreading through my body,
I remember how
We can be so loving.
I feel love for you now.
I feel love for you right now.

Sailing on a winedark open sea.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.

Oh, I feel love for you now.
I feel love for you right now.
I feel love for you now.
Baby I feel love for you right now.

We're sailing on a winedark open sea.
Sailing on a winedark open sea.

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

5:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Bass synth, Percussion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

5:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Bass synth, Percussion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Bass synth, Percussion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


Oobu Joobu Part 9

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

6:39 • Radio showA1


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.23

Unofficial album

6:17 • Studio version


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

6:16 • Studio version


Off The Ground - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

5:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Bass synth, Percussion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Off The Ground - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

6:17 • Studio version • [early take]


Videos

Album • Off The Ground

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Jean Birchette 2 months ago

I think it's about Linda.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 months ago

Hi Jean, you are likely right - several songs on "Off The Ground" was inspired / about Linda.