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This song was produced by Paul Epworth, who has worked with such Pop stars as Adele and Rihanna. The track was one of three that Epworth produced for New
The producer's approach echoed the three experimental, improvised Fireman
albums McCartney has made with former Killing Joke member, Martin "Youth" Glover. The former Beatle told The Sun
: "Yes, Paul knew I'd done Fireman and he said, 'OK, I'd really like to work like that.' That was his favorite way. So Queenie Eye, Save Us
are the the three tracks made from the ground up with lots of improvisation and are the closest to Fireman."
The song is based on a children's playground game. "Now this song, 'Queenie Eye,' is based on a game we used to play when I was kids," McCartney explained. "You got to remember that's a long time ago and basically in kind of a poor area I was from. What you did you entertain yourself was go out in the street and play street games. There wasn't that much traffic, so you were pretty safe. And one of the games was called 'Queenie Eye.'"
"What used to happen is one person would turn away from us and throw a ball over his head which one of us would catch," he continued. "And then we would say, 'Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye, who's got the ball? I haven't got it. It isn't in my pocket. O-U-T spells out.' And when we said, 'Out,' he could turn around ... or she could turn around and look at us and try to work out which one of us had caught the ball, which, of course, we all pretended to have behind our backs. Anyway, so that was ... I just liked the rhythm. 'Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye.' I ended up in the studio and we made into this next song. Here ya go."
The song's music video was filmed at Abbey Road Studios and sees McCartney recording the track in what he thinks is an empty studio (Studio 2). As the clip progresses, various celebrities make cameo appearances including Johnny Depp and Kate Moss, who are former lovers. Also featuring are Jude Law, Sean Penn, Jeremy Irons, Chris Pine, Tom Ford, Alice Eve, James Corden, Gary Barlow, Tracey Ullman and yep that's, Meryl Streep dancing.
McCartney performed this song at the Grammy Awards in 2014, backed by Ringo Starr on drums. Earlier in the evening, McCartney won a Grammy for Best Rock Song for his work on "Cut Me Some Slack
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