'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket: ‘Don't Be Careless Love'
Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket: 'Don’t Be Careless Love’
The reissue of Flowers In The Dirt has been on repeat here at PaulMcCartney.com HQ. We're huge fans of songs like 'My Brave Face' and 'This One', but we've also been rediscovering some of its ‘deep cuts’. So what better excuse to return to our feature ‘Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket’ today to mark the album's original release: 5th June 1989.
Co-written with Elvis Costello “almost as a guide for young lovers”, ’Don’t Be Careless Love’ is the ninth track on the album and was described by Paul as a song recreated from the original demo, from the "ground-up". The final version features Elvis on harmonies and keyboards.
“We have stuff that I wrote with Elvis, and we recorded it ourselves, to see if we could just get a kind of energy in there and stuff… They were nice tapes, but they weren’t making it. So I re-recorded them with Mitchell Froom, who’s the American guy who did Crowded House… we kind of fixed one of the recordings Elvis and I had done (‘Careless’), because we liked the vocal and we just needed to fix it up a little bit," explains Paul in the essay book from the Archive Collection's essay book.
Check out the full track and let us know your favourite 'deep cuts' from Flowers In The Dirt in the comments below...
...And here's a short animation we posted on Paul's social media today to celebrate the song's supercool '80s sound!
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