Paul McCartney releases previously unheard version of his song ‘Calico Skies’
Former Beatle Paul McCartney has released a previously unheard version of his song ‘Calico Skies’.
The song, which first featured on McCartney’s 1997 album Flaming Pie, has been stripped back and acoustically reworked.
“I wanted to write something acoustic in the vein of Blackbird, something simple that would stand on its own and which you wouldn’t have to put drums on or an arrangement – and if anyone said ‘give us a song’, you could just do it,” McCartney told NME about the track.
“We were in America and they’d just had a big hurricane – Bob, I believe – and it’d knocked out all of the power so there was no light, everything was candlelit, all the cooking had to be done on a wood fire. And we like all that enforced simplicity. It’s very primitive,” he added.
“So, we had a few days of that and because I couldn’t play any records, I spent a lot of time on my acoustic guitar, making up little bits and pieces and ‘Calico Skies’ was one of them. It’s just a simple little song to play to people when you’re sitting around in candlelight, powerless after a hurricane. It’s a primitive little powercut memory.”