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Paul McCartney — The World Tonight
Album: Flaming Pie
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I saw you sitting at the centre of the circle
Everybody, everybody wanted something from you
I saw you sitting there

I saw you swaying to the rhythm of the music
Caught you playing, caught you praying to the voice inside you
I saw you swaying there

I don't care what you want to be
I go back so far I'm in front of me!
It doesn't matter what they say
They're giving the game away

I can see the world tonight
Look into the future
See it in a different light
I can see the world tonight

I heard you listening to a secret conversation
You were crying, you were trying not to let them hear you
I heard you listening in

Never mind what they want to do
You've got a right to your point of view!
It doesn't matter what they say
They're giving the game away

I can see the world tonight
Look into the future
See it in a different light
I can see the world tonight

I can see the world tonight

I saw you hiding from a flok of paparazzi
You were hoping, you were hoping that the ground would swallow you
I saw you hiding there

I don't care what you want to be
I go back so far I'm in front of me!
It doesn't matter what they say
They're giving the game away

I can see the world tonight
Look into the future
See it in a different light
I can see the world tonight

Look into the future
I can see the world tonight
See it in a different light
I can see the world tonight
I can see the world tonight
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 shhhh777 wrote:

yeah.
Raw'ly Paul...
Honestly
 
Suggest "Ram".
 christopherwoods wrote:
This album's an enjoyable play through - Sir Paul performed almost all of the instruments on most tracks AISTR from the liner notes. It features some of his friends and family, including his son James and his late wife Linda on backing vox in the simple but elegant track 'Great Day' (which is from an early 90s session).

Some of the tracks are a little rudimentary, but they're all pretty memorable and it's fun to hear him having fun. More tracks from this LP should be played more often, they're lovely. Nice to hear The World Tonight getting a spin.
 
yeah.
Raw'ly Paul...
Honestly
This album's an enjoyable play through - Sir Paul performed almost all of the instruments on most tracks AISTR from the liner notes. It features some of his friends and family, including his son James and his late wife Linda on backing vox in the simple but elegant track 'Great Day' (which is from an early 90s session).

Some of the tracks are a little rudimentary, but they're all pretty memorable and it's fun to hear him having fun. More tracks from this LP should be played more often, they're lovely. Nice to hear The World Tonight getting a spin.
 brw001 wrote:
If he had just stopped at this album.
 
Oh bullshit. He's put out some good stuff since. Not all but a lot. NEW is very good. Egypt Station is good as well. 
 xray38 wrote:
Actually, Paul was the experimental one when it came to music. Most of his experimental stuff was so out there, it never made daylight, especially in that era. There's another side of McCartney lurking out there. 
 
Like this, especially the twin guitars.  (Overdubbed?  Spread in stereo?)  Agreed that Sir Paul has an large experimental stripe in his character.
 Grayson wrote:


Yeah, I get that. But it's mostly just another Paul efforting to make the songs out of/from the psych drugs of yore. He never was really the best at... all that kinda stuff. Doesn't mix so great with the pop songs, to state the obvious. But hey! He knew how to back off and let John take that rein for the most part. I mean, I was just thinking about "Ram On" the other day. And cringing mightily, too.  
 
Actually, Paul was the experimental one when it came to music. Most of his experimental stuff was so out there, it never made daylight, especially in that era. There's another side of McCartney lurking out there. 
 juicymouth wrote:
dick comment

 
123heyaho! wrote:


Yeah, this song is so new; no chance you could have known it before, especially as a Beatles fan...

 


 
New, pwehaps. I was reminded of _Vanilla Sky_ for some reason, though.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
There's something by Nick Lowe lurking in this ...
 

Yeah, I get that. But it's mostly just another Paul efforting to make the songs out of/from the psych drugs of yore. He never was really the best at... all that kinda stuff. Doesn't mix so great with the pop songs, to state the obvious. But hey! He knew how to back off and let John take that rein for the most part. I mean, I was just thinking about "Ram On" the other day. And cringing mightily, too.  
There's something by Nick Lowe lurking in this ...
If he had just stopped at this album.
dick comment

 
123heyaho! wrote:

Yeah, this song is so new; no chance you could have known it before, especially as a Beatles fan...
 

Decent.  Grows with subsequent listens.  
"Flaming Pie" is a very good album in total!
 mojave-life wrote:
I am a Beatles fan, so I was totally surprised, that I did not recognize his voice in this song. Liking this song, I wanted to know, who it was and was totally blown.
 
Yeah, this song is so new; no chance you could have known it before, especially as a Beatles fan...
I am a Beatles fan, so I was totally surprised, that I did not recognize his voice in this song. Liking this song, I wanted to know, who it was and was totally blown.
 Relayer wrote:
I actually love this song. Good job Paul, better than 99% of the current pop crap on the FM radio.
 
Agreed. Nay sayers go home!
Really enjoy this.  Don't remember hearing it, so thought it might be from his new release, Egypt Station.  Makes me want to hear what Egypt Station includes...
 Baby_M wrote:
"I go back so far I'm in front of me."

That's a clever line, you gotta give it that.

 
Indeed. His best album, imnsho.
 Grayson wrote:
"I go back so far I'm in front of me!" We all have moments like that. Then we remember we haven't yet had our Baroness Haden-Guest derived Activia® for the day, and get on with unloading the dishwasher and on over to Whole Foods.
 
     I know, right.. what? {#Think}
"I go back so far I'm in front of me!" We all have moments like that. Then we remember we haven't yet had our Baroness Haden-Guest derived Activia® for the day, and get on with unloading the dishwasher and on over to Whole Foods.
Don't know if I ever heard this before - nice tune - had to look in I was guessing Pete Townsend. 
 ziakut wrote:
I like going against the grain I suppose. This album is actually really good. A bit too much Jeff Lynne influenced, but it's still good.

 
JEFF LYNNE IS A GENIUS.
I love this song, and I love Paul. 
"I go back so far I'm in front of me."

That's a clever line, you gotta give it that.
I like going against the grain I suppose. This album is actually really good. A bit too much Jeff Lynne influenced, but it's still good.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
I always loved this album...I don't care what anyone says...
 
COMPLETELY agree. 
I always loved this album...I don't care what anyone says...
Why doesn't he go and rest in his farm in the English countryside?
 Paul McCartney is Paul McCartney and always has been.  I think there is a certain back lash that comes with fame and success.  After a while it becomes uncool to like someone that has been around so long.  This is a good song and if McCartney was an unkown that was just getting discovered people would be touting an incredible new talent.  I think there is a sliding scale when it comes to appreciating talent and it has to do with the exciting feeling of discovering someone or something new and feeling you are part of something new and exciting.  You don't get that with older artists. 
whomhow wrote:
So funny - good (not the best, but still) PM song gets lower rates than most of Wilco, Cracker, Spoon, the Decemberists, the Raconteurs, the Doves, the Shins, Crowded House, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case (and so on) staff! Just think about it!
 


I thought "1979" was the Best. Song. Ever. but since RP played this I don't want to hear any other song. Perfect distillation of every Beatles/Badfinger impulse this genius Gemini produced.

God B and R thanks for keepin it lit. Bill since KLRB and KFAT days, thanks for being a vessel, a compendium of great Radio for the ages - and ressurrecturing Robin Trower - don't get no more classic radio than that ;) ) 
I actually love this song. Good job Paul, better than 99% of the current pop crap on the FM radio.
 whomhow wrote:
So funny - good (not the best, but still) PM song gets lower rates than most of Wilco, Cracker, Spoon, the Decemberists, the Raconteurs, the Doves, the Shins, Crowded House, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case (and so on) staff! Just think about it!
 
Let us not applaud mediocrity - that's what Top 40 stations are for.

 whomhow wrote:
So funny - good (not the best, but still) PM song gets lower rates than most of Wilco, Cracker, Spoon, the Decemberists, the Raconteurs, the Doves, the Shins, Crowded House, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case (and so on) staff! Just think about it!
 
Sad truth is Paul hasn't written a great song in 40 years, those other guys have. Even the great ones run out of Juice.

So funny - good (not the best, but still) PM song gets lower rates than most of Wilco, Cracker, Spoon, the Decemberists, the Raconteurs, the Doves, the Shins, Crowded House, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case (and so on) staff! Just think about it!
Great album, great song.
I told everyone Paul died in 1968 and was replaced by an bass double.

Come on, we don't have to hear this song once every 8 1/2 years.
The pieces of this song do not fit well together.

And it is sorely lacking in verve.
don\'t rate this song particularly but - as usual - I love Paul\'s vocals
Few songs will make me turn off RP....this is one.
Pretty pathetic.
I was positive this was \"I\'m Only Happy When It Rains\" by Junk when it first started. And George was found guilty of plagurism?!?
Originally Posted by beelzebubba: Aw come on. Yeah, Paul pisses me off quite frequently, but Ringo is cool! Besides, Ringo is the train conductor dude now!
Have you heard his latest CD... ? We as listeners were expected to inject alot of nostalgia into the CD before hitting play... Darn near embarrassing
Originally Posted by halcatus: He and Ringo should go back out on the road.. like right in the middle of it..... in black suits.... at night... Hack! :moon:
Aw come on. Yeah, Paul pisses me off quite frequently, but Ringo is cool! Besides, Ringo is the train conductor dude now!
dreck. mccartney hasnt done anything but garbage since ram, and even that was borderline. it sounds like he\'s trying to rip off george harrison on this one, and that would be george on a bad day. :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated:
He and Ringo should go back out on the road.. like right in the middle of it..... in black suits.... at night... Hack! :moon:
Just further reinforcement that Paul is my least favorite Beatle.
Originally Posted by roguewarer: First listen. Hmmm....a little Travelling Wilburyish to me. Like it so far.
When I read these tea leaves, I see... Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros? Damn! What's in that tea?
Originally Posted by roguewarer: First listen. Hmmm....a little Travelling Wilburyish to me. Like it so far.
Linear notes says Jeff Lynne played on and produced the CD. So there is your Wilbury's influence.
sounds good here in the mist of the mix
First listen. Hmmm....a little Travelling Wilburyish to me. Like it so far.
Near the top of Macca\'s solo works. \"Somedays\" from this cd is a lovely song that would sound good on RP now and then.