Paul McCartney's record company Concord Music released “Queenie Eye,” the second single from his yet-unreleased “New” album, to radio at midnight ET Oct. 7. You can hear the song here.
Two versions of the song, an album edit (3:48), and a slightly shorter radio edit (3:28), and two short clips of spoken dialogue by McCartney were released. The first clip was a brief introduction by Paul to the song for use on radio. "Hello there, this is Paul McCartney on your local radio station loving being here. I'm introducing my new song 'Queenie Eye.'"
The second dialogue clip was a longer introduction with McCartney explaining all about the song to radio listeners.
"Now this song, 'Queenie Eye,' is based on a game we used to play when I was kids. 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. 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."
"Queenie Eye," produced by Paul Epworth, who has worked with Adele, Rihanna, Cee Lo Green, Florence and the Machine and Foster the People, is a catchy song with a lot of rhyming words for its hook and lots of traditional McCartney cuteness.
McCartney spent part of last week filming a video for “Queenie Eye” at historic Abbey Road studios in London with fans and celebrities, including Johnny Depp. The video has not yet been released.
Sunday night, fans in New York and Los Angeles were able to hear the entire album at two special listening parties. You can read exclusive reports, including one by Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast With the Beatles," here.
McCartney was to perform on NBC's “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Monday night and will appear on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius/XM Tuesday.
Read all the news about Paul McCartney's “New” album in our special Beatles 101 "Read All About It" news roundup
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