The album was recorded in February 1998 at Hog Hill Mill, McCartney’s home in East Sussex. It was co-produced by Youth (Martin Glover), McCartney’s collaborator in The Fireman.
Two unreleased McCartney songs from October 1995 were sampled for the album. ‘Palo Verde’ contained a line from ‘Let Me Love You Always’, while ‘Bison’, ‘Auraveda’, and ‘7 a.m.’ all contained elements from ‘Hey Now (What Are You Looking at Me For?)’.
The track title was mentioned in the press release sent out with promotional copies of Rushes.
The Fireman brings bison for trancing in the streets.
The Fireman gives a watercolour rush, fluid.
The Fireman understands darsh walls and emerdeen sky. Do you?
The Fireman knows a lemon’s peal.
And the power of the equinox
The Fireman heard a girl’s snatch-talk of a saucer, flying.
The Fireman likes the sound of mud.
The Fireman plays it all; Bass. Watercolour Guitar. Keyboards. Cymbals.
And the fool.
The Fireman looped a shadow’s clipclop. And made auraveda.
The Fireman taped the talk of sex.
The Moon is right. So the Fireman comes.
The Moon is right. So The Fireman comes.