Flaming Pie - Front Cover

Track: Calico Skies
Album/CD: Flaming Pie
Artist: Paul McCartney
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:29
Release: 1997

Paul McCartney vocal, acoustic guitar, knee slap/percussion

Writer: Paul McCartney
Producers: Paul McCartney/George Martin
Engineer: Bob Kraushaar
Studio location: Sussex, England
Recorded: 3 September 1992

While it wreaked havoc in the north-east US, the category-three storm Hurricane Bob that made landfall in August 1991 prompted Paul (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". Paul invited George Martin to co-produce the piece, which - owing to its instrumental simplicity - was started, finished and mixed within a single session. The earliest recording on Flaming Pie.

"Bob, the hurricane, knocked out all the power; it was all candlelight, cooking at 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 primitve little powercut memory."