Album/CD: Flaming Pie
Artist: Paul McCartney
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:27
Paul McCartney lead vocal, harmony vocal, piano, drums, bass guitar, electric guitar
Jeff Lynne harmony vocal, electric guitar
Writer Paul McCartney
Producers Paul McCartney/Jeff Lynne
Engineers Geoff Emerick/Jon Jacobs, assisted by Keith Smith
Studio location Sussex, England
Recorded 27 February 1996
The "pie" lyric that had arrived unto Paul on horseback fitted perfectly with some funky riffs he and Jeff Lynne had evolved days earlier while waiting to overdub guitars onto 'Souvenir'. With lyric and music suddenly fashioned, 'Flaming Pie' was recorded quickly - for, entirely appropriately, Paul suggested that the song be taped with the speed that the Beatles often worked, cutting three songs in a day. Setting themselves a four hour deadline, the track came together with relative ease, Paul singing live to his own piano accompaniment with Jeff on guitar before adding drums and bass, and then, guitars and harmony vocals.
"John joked that the name Beatles came in a vision from a man on a flaming pie, coming unto us... you are Beatles with an A. I was riding with my missus, thinking of lyrics, searching for a rhyme with 'sky'...'bye'... 'cry'... 'pie'. The story came back and I thought 'Ooo, flaming pie'."