Calico Skies (2:31)

Cover of Back in the World (disc 2)

From Back in the World (disc 2) and 17 other releases

Calico Skies is the sixth song on Paul McCartney’s 1997 album, Flaming Pie.

While it wreaked havoc in the north-east US, the category-three storm Hurricane Bob that made landfall in August 1991 prompted McCartney (then staying in Long Island) to sit with an acoustic guitar and write what he describes as “a gentle love song that becomes a Sixties protest song”. McCartney invited George Martin to co-produce the piece, which - owing to its instrumental simplicity - was started, finished and mixed within a single session on 3 September 1992 in Sussex, England. It is the earliest recording on Flaming Pie.

McCartney says of the song:

“Bob, the hurricane, knocked out all the power; it was all candle-light, cooking on a woodfire. Very primitive, but we like that enforced simplicity. I couldn’t play records, so I made up little acoustic pieces. This was one of them - it’s a primitive little powercut memory.”

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