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10 August 2023
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Joe
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‘Fine Line’ was the lead single released from Paul McCartney’s 13th solo album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. See more…

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 [Godrich] 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, OK, 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.

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This is a great album opener.

I read the lyrics as what Paul wishes/believes the other Beatles said to him paul-mccartney

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4 February 2022
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Never thought about that. Cool way of viewing the lyrics. Have an apple apple01

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This is one of my favourites from Paul. Very nostalgic…bittersweet. 

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I put this CD single on the other day.  It’s one of my favorites off Chaos And Creation….  I also love the B side “Comfort Of Love”.

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7 February 2022
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There seem to be quite a few McCartney b-sides that aren’t on Apple Music at all.

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I thought I didn’t care for the lyrics then I took a double take of this part:

There is a long way between chaos and creation
If you don’t say which one of these you’re gonna choose
It’s a long way and if every contradiction
Seems the same, it’s a game that you’re bound to lose
 
I quite like that!

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This was the first Paul solo song I heard when I was a kid, right when it came out. Loved the chorus since then, its meaningful and catchy. Since then Its been a favorite, I like the descending piano line and the lyrics of the verses. Its also a good era for Paul’s voice, starting to sound closer his is elderly voice but still has plenty of strength and range. 

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19 November 2022
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Fine Line also has the feel of a Brazilian samba.

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I recall McCartney licensed Fine Line to Lexus to use in a TV ad around the time of release. I only saw it once or twice. I assume it was done to help promote the song (an idea Sting used to great success for one of his songs).

McCartney was obviously looking for alternate ways to promote his releases, as he was very unhappy with how the new owners of EMI were promoting his music (he aligned with Starbucks and their new Hear Music label starting with his next release).

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