Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fine Line


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Paul McCartney, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard."



"Fine Line" is a track on Paul McCartney's "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" album in 2005. Released as the first single off that album, "Fine Line" peaked at No. 20 in the United Kingdom and did well in Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden as well.

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The "Fine Line" single also did well on the United States Adult Contemporary chart, reaching No.31.

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Paul has said about "Fine Line":
It was just the opening line, ‘There’s a fine line between recklessness and courage.’  You know, you’ll see some people just go, (sings) ‘Waaah’ and you’ll think, ‘that’s the way you do it and sometimes it is just foolish and just reckless but they think they’re being courageous‘ so that thought really was what started me off and I just kind of followed on from that idea that you’ve got to choose which of the two you’re going to do, you know, be reckless or courageous so that was lyrically based on that.  And then I just sat down at the piano and started that kind of chuggy thing, keeping it very simple and then the little hook, (sings) ‘Fine line, it’s a fine line’ came so I brought it into the studio in Los Angeles and I was working it out and on that little bit there’s a little riff that goes around the Fine line bit and when I was playing that I made a mistake and I went to a wrong bass note and Nigel goes, ‘That’s great.  That’s it.’  I went, ‘Actually it’s a wrong note.’  He said, ‘No, no, check it out.  Listen to it.’  ‘Ooh, I see what you mean.’  It just didn’t go where you expected it.  It was supposed to be like an F# and it went to an F and so that became a really interesting little thing then.  It was like, ‘Ah, O.K. that’s good‘.  That’s got a little signature originality to it so that and the words and the tune then we just put that all together.
Sometimes the wrong notes can be good notes if you're Paul McCartney.

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As is so often the case, Paul plays all the instruments on "Fine Line" (except for the Millennia Ensemble strings) and probably sweeps up the place before he leaves. McCartney included "Fine Line" on his concert tour dates in 2005, but has not returned to it since as of this writing.



There is a fine line,
Between recklessness and courage
It's about time
You understood which road to take
It's a fine line
Your decision makes a difference
Get it wrong you'll be making a big mistake

Come home brother all is forgiven
We all cried when you were driven away
Come home brother everything is better
Everything is better when you come home to stay

Whatever's more important to you
You've got to choose what you want to do
Whatever's more important to be
Well that's the view that you got to see

There is a long way
Between chaos and creation
If you don't say
Which one of these you're going to choose
It's a long way
And if every contradiction seems the same
It's a game that you're bound to loose

Come home brother all is forgiven
We all cried when you were driven away
Come home brother everything is better
Everything is better when you come home to stay

Come on back, come on back, come on back to me

It's a fine line, It's a fine line

Whatever's more important to you
You've gotta choose what you want to do
Whatever's more important to be
Well that's the view that you got to see

It's a fine line

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