The Paul McCartney Project

Winter Rose

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Back To The Egg" sessions #1

June 29 - July 27, 1978

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Song facts

The folk acoustic side of the band was front and center for the ballad “Winter Rose.” This flowing minor key song fragment eventually became the intro to “Love Awake,” a lovely ballad that we started in Scotland, but would re-record a few months later at Lympne Castle. I played a picking pattern on an Ovation classical with a special pickup that directed alternate strings to either side of the stereo mix, with strings 6, 4 and 2 on the left and 5, 3, 1 on the right. This added a spatial atmosphere to Paul’s piano part that was supported by Steve’s muted drum pulse. The vocal is a little husky (I think Paul had a cold when it was recorded)’ but it fits the wintery mood of the piece.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

Winter Rose. l played an Ovation classical wired in stereo. If you listen carefully you can hear the guitar jump from one speaker to the other. Paul played some harpsichord and Denny some double speed guitar.

Laurence Juber, from Club Sandwich N°14, April / May 1979

Last updated on March 7, 2020

Lyrics

All through the summer I have followed you around
Bringing a rose for the Winter that's coming
Now the snow is on the ground

Winter rose, Winter rose
Shine your light in the air
Winter rose, Winter rose
Shine your light everywhere

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

4:59 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:59 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

2:20 • Studio version


Oh, Mistake (Back To The Egg Outtakes)

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

5:08 • Studio version


Japan Rehearsals

Unofficial live • Released in 1998

5:03 • Studio version


Back To The Egg Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2013

5:06 • Studio version • Love Awake


Back To The Egg Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2013

1:17 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Julie Singh 1 months ago

I just heard my daughter playing To the Garden by Alexandre Tansman on the piano and it sounds just like Winter Rose, at least in the beginning. Did Paul use his music or was this just coincidence?


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 months ago

Hi Julie, thanks for your message. I've read various books and none mentions this similitude... I guess it's coincidence !?