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Track: The World Tonight
Album/CD: Flaming Pie
Artist: Paul McCartney
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 4:03
Release: 1997

Paul McCartney lead vocal, harmony vocal, drums, bass guitar, and electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion
Jeff Lynne harmony vocal, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard

Writer Paul McCartney
Producers Jeff Lynne/Paul McCartney
Engineers Geoff Emerick/Jon Jacobs, assisted by Keith Smith
Studio location Sussex, England
Recording began 13 November 1995

The second song from Paul's initial sessions (there were four in all) with Jeff Lynne took what had been an acoustic, folk-tinged demo and imbued it with a progressively heavier treatment. 'The World Tonight' was written while on holiday in America in 1995 of the 14 songs on Flaming Pie only the title track, 'Somedays' and 'Great Day' were composed in England, for the muse tends to strike Paul most often when he's on holiday.

"The lyrics were just gathering thoughts. Like I go back so far, I'm in front of me - I don't know where that came from, but if I'd been writing with John he would have gone "OK, leave that one in; we don't know what it means but we do know what it means."