Calico Skies

Paul McCartney

About Calico Skies

"Calico Skies" is the sixth song on Paul McCartney's 1997 album, Flaming Pie. McCartney had been staying in Long Island when the category-three storm Hurricane Bob that made landfall had hit in August 1991. This made McCartney sit with an acoustic guitar and write what he describes as "a gentle love song that becomes a 1960s protest song". The song was co-produced by George Martin and McCartney, being 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." "Calico Skies" was arranged for string quartet; this version was included on McCartney's 1999 album Working Classical. The song was also re-recorded for inclusion on the album Hope which was released in 2003 to aid victims of the Iraq War. 


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It was written that I would love you
From the moment I opened my eyes
And the morning when I first saw you
Gave me life under calico skies

I will hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life

Always looking for ways to love you
Never failing to fight at your side
While the angels of love protect us
From the innermost secrets we hide

I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life

Long live all of us crazy soldiers
Who were born under calico skies
May we never be called to handle
All the weapons of war we despise

I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life
I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll love you for the rest of my
For the rest of my life

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Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the group's break-up, he pursued a solo career, later forming the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine. more »

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Written by: Paul McCartney

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10 facts about this song

Album Origin
"Calico Skies" is an acoustic love song from the album 'Flaming Pie' by Paul McCartney, which was released in 1997.
Song Inspiration
McCartney stated that he was inspired to write "Calico Skies" during a 1991 power cut caused by a hurricane in his English countryside estate.
Production Details
McCartney recorded the "Calico Skies," during the same week he recorded "Great Day," another song from the "Flaming Pie" album. Both songs were created as early demos.
Lyric Interpretation
The song symbolizes the enduring love McCartney had for his wife Linda, who had been diagnosed with cancer during the time of the album’s recording. The lyrics speak about a timeless love that endures through storms and strife.
Song Composition
Unlike many songs that are written with multiple instruments, "Calico Skies" is a simple yet powerful composition created using only one acoustic guitar and McCartney’s vocals.
Critics praised "Calico Skies" for its simplicity and sincerity, with many considering it one of McCartney's best solo efforts.
The song is a favorite among fans and is often played at McCartney's concerts.
Live Performance History
"Calico Skies" was performed as part of the 'Concert for New York City,' held in October 2001 to honor the victims of the September 11 attacks.
Limited Edition
A limited edition EP of "Calico Skies" was released in January 1999 in a small number of countries, including the UK and Japan.
Music Genre
While McCartney's career spans various music genres, "Calico Skies" falls within the folk-pop genre.

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