Flowers in the Dirt – réédition 2017

L’album chanson par chanson

My Brave Face

Les sessions d’enregistrement de My Brave Face débutent en 1988, avec Paul et Elvis Costello.  Quelques extraits de ces sessions seront utilisées pour le documentaire  « Put it There ». Les sessions seront ensuite reprises plus tard en 1988 à l’Olympic Studio de Londres, sous la production de Mitchell Froom. C’est au cours de ces sessions que David Rhodes ajoutera une piste de guitare ebow au titre.  Pour la petite histoire, sur cette chanson, Paul joue de la basse Hofner, qu’il n’avait pas utilisé depuis des années en studio, et cela suite à la demande d’Elvis Costello.

Le clip de « My Brave Face » a été tourné en avril 1989, sous la direction de  Roger Lunn. Il a été publié en 2007 sur la collection de trois disques The McCartney Years. Tourné en noir et blanc et en couleur, ce clip présente des extraits vidéos et séquence  de Paul avec les Beatles ainsi qu’avec les Wings.

Cette chanson connaîtra d’ailleurs un bon classement dans les charts :

Chart (1989)Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart30
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 16
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles17
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary29
Dutch Singles Chart15
Irish Singles Chart6
Italian Singles Chart3
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart4
Spanish Singles Chart13
Swedish Singles Chart19
Swiss Singles Chart25
UK Singles Chart18
US Billboard Hot 10025
US Billboard Adult Contemporary4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock12
West German Media Control Singles Chart[22]29

Voici la fiche technique de la chanson :

Durée03:18
AuteurPaul McCartney, Declan MacManus
ProducteurMcCartney, Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitare acoustique, tambourin et voix
Linda: Choeur
Hamish Stuart: Guitares acoustiques et électriques et harmonies
Chris Witten: Batterie
Robbie McIntosh: Guitares acoustiques et électriques
Mitchell Froom: Claviers
David Rhodes: Guitare Ebow
Chris David: Saxophone
Chris White: Saxophone
Dave Bishop: Saxophone
ParolesMy Brave Face,
I've Been Living In Style
Unaccustomed As I Am To The Luxury Life.
I've Been Hitting The Town And It Didn't Hit Back.
I've Been Doing The Rounds
Unaccustomed As I Am To The Time On My Hands.
Now I Don't Have To Tell Anybody When I'm Gonna Get Back.

Ever Since You Went Away I've Had This Sentimental
Inclination Not To Change A Single Thing.
As I Pull The Sheets Back On The Bed I Want To Go Bury My Head
In Your Pillow.

Choeur :
Now That I'm Alone Again, I Can't Stop Breaking Down Again,
The Simplest Things Set Me Off Again
And Take Me To That Place
Where I Can't Find My Brave Face
Where I Can't Find My Brave Face
My Brave, My Brave, My Brave Face.

I've Been Living A Lie
Unaccustomed As I Am
To The Work Of A Housewife,
I've Been Breaking Up
Dirty Dishes And Throwing Them Away.

Ever Since You Left I Have Been Trying To
Compose A "Baby Will You Please Come Home" Note
Meant For You.
As I Clear Away Another
Untouched Tv Dinner
From The Table I Laid For Two.

Now That I'm Alone Again
I Can't Stop Breaking Down Again,
The Simplest Things Set Me Off Again
And Take Me To That Place
Where I Can't Find My Brave Face,
Where I Can't Find My Brave Face,
My Brave, My Brave, My Brave Face.
My Brave Face.

Rough Ride

 
Durée04:43
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurTrevor Horn, McCartney, Steve Lipson
MusicienPaul: Synth, guitare, overdubs de batterie, percussions et voix
Linda: Choeur
Steve Lipson: Basse, Programmation informatique et batterie, guitare
Trevor Horn: Claviers
ParolesI Needed Loving, Needed A Friend
I Needed Something, That Would Be There In The End.
On A Rough Ride To Heaven

Want To Get Inside, What Will I Do?
On A Rough Ride To Heaven,
I Want To Get Inside To Be With You.
I Knew You'd Help Me, I Knew You Could.
You Knew I Didn't Want To Be Misunderstood.

On A Rough Ride To Heaven
Want To Get Inside, What Will I Do?
On A Rough Ride To Heaven,
I Want To Get Inside, To Be With You.
I'm Not Asking For An Easy Passage,
So I Hope You Understand,
I'm Not After Any Special Treatment,
But I Wouldn't Mind A Hand.

On A Rough Ride, On A Rough Ride,
On A Rough Ride, On A Rough Ride,
On A Rough Ride To Heaven,
Want To Get Inside, What Will I Do?

You Want Her Too

Durée03:11
AuteurMcCartney, MacManus
ProducteurMcCartney, Dorfsman, Froom, Costello
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitare 12 cordes, tambourin, guitare électrique et chant
Elvis Costello: Deuxième clavier vocal et Intro
Hamish Stuart: Guitare et harmonies
Chris Witten: Batterie et percussion
Robbie McIntosh: Guitare
Mitchell Froom: Claviers
ParolesShe Makes Me Go So Wrong.
(Yeah You Kept Me Awake You Know You Did)
I've Loved Her Oh So Long.
(So Why Don't You Come Right Out And Say It, Stupid)?
She Makes Me Do Things I Don't Want To Do,
I Don't Know Why I Should Be Telling You
I Know That You Want Her Too.

My Intentions Are Quite Sincere,
(That's Not What You Said The Other Night)
And All You Can Do Is Sneer,
(Go Ahead And Kid Yourself You're Right)

She Makes Me Do Things I Don't Want To Do,
I Don't Know Why I Should Be Telling You
I Know That You Want Her Too.
I've Got A Better Chance Than You Do,
I Know That You Want Her Too.

You're Such A Hopeless Romantic
She Told Me You're So Predictable And Nice,
She Only Did You A Favour Once Or Twice,
Once Or Twice.

She Makes Me Go So Wrong.
(So Why Don't You Lie Back And Enjoy It)?
My Conscience Is Clear And Strong
(Yes She Says I'm Just The Boy For It).

She Makes Me Do Things I Don't Want To Do,
I Don't Know Why I Should Be Telling You
I Know That You Want Her Too,
I Know That You Want Her Too,
I Know That You Want Her Too.

Distractions

Durée04:38
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurMcCartney
MusicienPaul: Basse, percussion, guitare solo et voix
Linda: Harmonies
Hamish Stuart: Guitare acoustique et harmonies
Chris Witten: Batterie et percussion
ParolesWhat Is This Thing In Life That Persuades Me To Spend
Time Away From You?
If You Can Answer This You Can Have The Moon.
This Is The Place To Be, Anyway You Can See
There's A Lovely View.
Why Are There Always So Many Other Things To Do?
Distractions, Like Butterflies Are Buzzing 'Round My Head,
When I'm Alone I Think Of You
And The Life We'd Lead If We Could Only Be Free
From These Distractions.
The Postman's At The Door
While The Telephone Rings On The Kitchen Wall,
Pretend We're Not At Home And They'll Disappear.
I Want To Be With You, Tell Me What I Can Do,
Nothing Is Too Small
Away From All This Jazz We Could Do Anything At All.
Distractions, Like Butterflies Are Buzzing 'Round My Head.
When I'm Alone I Think Of You
And The Things We'd Do If We Could Only Be Through
With These Distractions.
I'll Fond The Peaceful Place Far A Way From The Noise Of A Busy
Day
Where We Can Spend Our Nights Counting Shooting Stars,
Distractions, Like Butterflies Are Buzzing 'Round My Head.
When I'm Alone I Think Of You
And The Things We'd Do If We Could Only Be Through
With These Distractions, Like Butterflies They're
Buzzing 'Round My Head, When I'm Alone I Think Of You
And The Life We'd Lead If We Could Only Be Free
From These Distractions.

We Got Married

Durée04:57
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurMcCartney, David Foster
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitare mexicaine, percussion, Tom overdub et voix
Dave Gilmour: Guitare
Hamish Stuart: Harmonies
Dave Mattacks: Batterie
Robbie McIntosh: Guitare acoustique
David Foster: Claviers
Chris Witten: Autres percussions
Guy Barber: Trompette
ParolesGoing Fast, Coming Soon
We Made Love In The Afternoon.
Found A Flat, After That
We Got Married.
Working Hard For The Dream,
Scoring Goals For The Other Team,
Times Were Bad, We Were Glad
We Got Married.

Like The Way You Open Up Your Hearts To Each Other,
When You Find A Meeting Of The Minds.
Just As Well Love Was All We Ever Wanted,
It Was All We Ever Had.

Further On In The Game,
Waiting Up Till The Children Came.
Place Your Bets, No Regrets,
We Got Married.
We Got Married.
We Got Married.

Nowadays Every Night Flashes By
At The Speed Of Light,
Living Life, Loving Wife,
We Got Married.

I Love The Things That Happen
When We Start To Discover
Who We Are And What We're Living For,
Just Because Love Was All We Ever Wanted
It Was All We Ever Had.

It's Not Just A Loving Machine,
It Doesn't Work Out
If You Don't Work At It.

Put it There 

Cette chanson a été publiée en single, le 5 février 1990 avec en face B « Mama’s Little Girl » et « Same Time Next Year » sur le Maxi 45 T.

Ce titre, qui atteindra la 32 eme place des charts anglais voit ses paroles inspirées par une expression  que McCartney a appris de son père, «Mettez-le là si il pèse une tonne. ». La production de cette chanson a été assurée par McCartney et Chris Thomas.

Durée02:07
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurMcCartney
MusicienPaul: Chant, percussion et guitare acoustique
Hamish Stuart: Basse et percussion
Chris Witten: Hi-chapeau et percussion
Peter Henderson: Programmation informatique
George Martin: Orchestration
ParolesGive Me Your Hand I'd Like To Shake It
I Want To Show You I'm Your Friend.
You'll Understand If I Can Make It Clear
Its All That Matters In The End.
Put It There If It Weighs A Ton,
That's What The Father Said To His Younger Son.
I Don't Care If It Weighs A Ton,
As Long As You And I Are Here, Put It There.
Long As You And I Are Here, Put It There.

If There's A Fight I'd Like To Fix It,
I Hate To See Things Go So Wrong.
The Darkest Night And All It's Mixed Emotions,
Is Getting Lighter Sing A Song.

Put It Ther, ...

Figure of Eight 

Cette chanson a été éditée en single, le 13 novembre 1989, avec en face B, la chanson « Où est le soleil ? ».  Cette chanson connaît en fait deux versions : une version présente sur l’album « Flowers in the Dirt » et une version « single » enregistrée avec les musiciens entourant Paul sur scène.  Il est à noter que concernant la version single, elle plus longue de près de 2 minutes que la version album. Une façon d’aller à contre-courant, car rappelons que les singles, diffusés en radio, devaient normalement être d’une durée la plus courte possible. Cet enregistrement, qui allait donc à contre-courant des habitudes radiophoniques, se classera en 42eme place des charts anglais, et 92eme du Billboard Hot 100.

Il est à noter que cette chanson sera aussi la chanson d’ouverture des concerts de la tournée 1989-1990. La version chantée lors du concert de Rotterdam le 10 novembre 1989 servira d’ailleurs pour l’album Tripping the Live Fantastic.

Durée03:25
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurHorn, McCartney, Lipson
MusicienPaul: Basse, celeste, guitares électriques et acoustiques, tambourin, claquements et voix
Linda: Mini moog et hand-claps
Steve Lipson: Programmation informatique, guitare
Trevor Horn: Claviers et applaudissements
Chris Witten: Batterie et main-claque
Paroles(Well) You've Got Me Dancing In A Figure Of Eight,
Don't Know If I'm Coming Or Going, I'm Early Or Late.
Round And Round The Ring I Go,
I Want To Know, I Want To Know,
Why Can't We Travel A Continuous Line?
Make Love Reliable Convenant All The Time.
Up And Down The Hills I Go, I Got To Know, I Got To Know.
Is Is Better To Love Another
Than To Go Go For A Walk In The Dark?
Is It Better To Love Than To Give In To Hate?
Yeah We'd Better Take Good Care Of Each Other
Avoid Slipping Back Off The Straight And Narrow,
It's Better By Far Than Getting Stuck In A Figure Of Eight.

(Well) Figure It Out For Yourself Little Girl,
It Don't Go Nowhere At All,
It's Nothing More Than A Tape Loop In A Big Dance Hall.

You've Got Me Running ...

You've Got Me Running ...

This One

Cette chanson sera publiée en single le 17 juillet 1989, avec en face B : « The First Stone »

« Good Sign » (12″), « I Wanna Cry », « I’m In Love Again » (CD). Ce titre se placera en 18eme place des charts anglais, 8eme en Autriche, 31eme au Pays-Bas. Malgré ce succès notable, ce titre ne sera jamais inclus dans une compilation de Paul.

Durée04:10
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurMcCartney
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitares acoustiques et rythmiques, claviers, tambourins, sitar, verres à vin, harmonium et voix
Linda: Harmonies
Hamish Stuart: Guitares acoustiques et rythmiques et voix
Chris Witten: Batterie et percussion
Robbie McIntosh: Guitares acoustiques et électriques
Judd Lander: Harmonica
ParolesDid I Ever Take You In My Arms,
Look You In The Eye, Tell You That I Do,
Did I Ever Open Up My Heart
And Let You Look Inside.
If I Never Did It, I Was Only Waiting
For A Better Moment That Didn't Come.
There Never Could Be A Better Moment
Than This One, This One.

The Swan Is Gliding Above The Ocean,
A God Is Riding Upon His Back,
How Calm The Water And Bright The Rainbow
Fade This One To Black.

Did I Ever Touch You On The Cheek
Say That You Were Mine, Thank You For The Smile,
Did I Ever Knock Upon Your Door
And Try To Get Inside?

If I Never Did It, I Was Only Waiting
For A Better Moment That Didn't Come.
There Never Could Be A Better Moment
Than This One, This One.

The Swan Is Gliding Above The Ocean,
A God Is Riding Upon His Back,
How Calm The Water And Bright The Rainbow
Fade This Swan To Black.

What Opportunities Did We Allow To Flow By
Feeling Like Like The Timing Wasn't Quite Right?
What Kind Of Magic Might Have Worked If We Had Stayed Calm,
Couldn't I Have Given You A Better Life?

Did You Ever Take Me In Your Arms,
Look Me In The Eye, Tell Me That You Do?
Did I Ever Open Up My Heart,
Let You Look Inside?

If I Never Did It, I Was Only Waiting
For A Better Moment That Didn't Come.
There Never Could Be A Better Moment
Than This One, This One.

The Swan Is Gliding Above The Ocean,
A God Is Riding Upon His Back,
How Calm The Water And Bright The Rainbow
Fade This Swan To Black.

Don't Be Careless Love

Durée03:18
AuteurMcCartney, MacManus
ProducteurMcCartney, Costello, Froom
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitare acoustique, tambourin, doigts et voix
Elvis Costello: Claviers et harmonies
Hamish Stuart: Guitare, tambour et harmonies
Chris Witten: Batterie et harmonies
Mitchell Froom: Claviers
ParolesBurn The Midnight Lamp
Down Until The Dawn,
I'll Keep Watch Until I'm Sure Your Coming Home.
Shadows Play And Flicker On The Bedroom Wall
They Turn Into A Bad Dream Overnight,
Something Could Be Terribly Wrong.

Don't Be Careless Love,
Don't Be Careless Love,
Don't Be, Don't Be Careless.

In My Dream You're Running Nowhere
Every Step You've Taken Turns To Glue,
Walking Down A Spiral Staircase
Failing Through, Failing Through,

Don't Be Careless Love,
Be Careless Love.

The Lamp Burns Down And Out
I'm Getting Pretty Tired Of This,
I Feel So Bad Something Might Be Going Amiss,

I Won't Be There So Look Out For Yourself
You're Getting In Deep Whatever You Do,
Don't Let Me Go Back To Sleep,

Don't Be Careless Love,
Don't Be Careless Love,
Don't Be, Don't Be Careless.

Saw Your Face In The Morning Paper,
Saw Your Body Rolled Up In A Rug
Chopped Up Into Two Little Pieces
By Some Thug,

Don't Be Careless Love,
Be Careless Love.
But In The Morning Light
When I Wake Up Again
You're By My Side And That's The Way It's Always Been,
But In The Dark Your Mind Plays Funny Tricks On You,
Your Mind Plays Funny Tricks On You,
Your Mind Plays Funny Tricks On You,
Don't Be Careless Love.

That Day Is Done

Durée04:19
AuteurMcCartney, MacManus
ProducteurMcCartney, Costello, Dorfsman, Froom
MusicienPaul: Basses et voix
Elvis Costello: Harmonies
Hamish Stuart: Guitare et harmonies
Chris Witten: Batterie et tambourin
Robbie McIntosh: Guitare électrique
Mitchell Froom: Claviers
Nicky Hopkins: Piano
John Taylor: Cornet
Tont Goddard: Cornet
Ian Peters: Euphonium
Ian Harper: Corne du ténor
ParolesI Feel Such Sorrow,
I Feel Such Shame.
I Know I Won't Arrive On Time
Before Whatever Out There Is Gone.
What Can I Do, That Day Is Done.
It's Just A Promise, That I Made
I Said I'd Walk In Her Parade.
Hot Scalding Tears I Thought Would Flow.
Still In My Heart They'll Never Show.

That Day Is Done, That Day Is Done,
You Know Where I've Gone, I Won't Be Coming Back
That Day Is Done.

Well I Recall, The Time And Place
When They Announced Her Precious Face.
I Thought At Once My Heart Would Burst,
Still, Every Time Is Like The First.

There Was Applause When She Stepped Up.
I Wished That I Could Interrupt
I Made No Sign, I Made No Sound
I Know I Must Stay Underground.

That Day Is Done, That Day Is Done.
You Know Where I've Gone,I Won't Be Coming Back,
That Day Is Done.

That's Why She Walks, Or So They Say.
She Always Knew Just What I Needed
Now If She Would, Just Look My Way
One Time Before They Proceed.

She Sprinkles Flowers In The Dirt
That's When A Thrill Becomes A Hurt,
I Know I'll Never See Her Face.
She Walks Away From My Resting Place.

That Day Is Done, That Day Is Done.
You Know Where I've Gone, I Won't Be Coming Back,
That Day Is Done.

How Many People

 
Durée04:14
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurHorn, McCartney, Lipson
MusicienPaul: basse, guitare, mellotron, piano, tambourin, corne de flugel et voix
Linda: Harmonies
Hamish Stuart: Deuxième chant
Steve Lipson: Programmation informatique et batterie, guitare
Trevor Horn: Claviers et harmonies
Chris Witten: batterie synthétique, cymbales et harmonies
Jah Bunny
ParolesDedicated To The Memory Of Chico Mendes
How Many People Stand In A Line?
How Many People Never Get A Chance To Shine?
If You Can Tell Me I'll Gladly Listen
How Many People Have Died?

One Too Many Right Now For Me
I Want To Be Happy, I Want To Be Free,
One Too Many Tight Now For Me
I Want To See Ordinary People Living Peacefully.

How Many People, Go For A Ride
How Many People, Never Make It Through To The Other Side?
If You Can Tell Me, I'll Gladly Listen,
How Many People Have Cried?

One Too Many Right Now For Me
I Want To Be Happy,
I Want To Be Free,
One Too Many Tight Now For Me
I Want To See Ordinary People Living Peacefully.

How Many People, Will I Take? How Many People
For Goodness Sake?
How Many People?
How Many People?
One Too Many ...

Motor of Love

 
Durée06:18
AuteurMcCartney
ProducteurChris Hughes, McCartney, Ross Cullum
MusicienPaul: Basse, guitare électrique, piano et voix
Hamish Stuart: Guitare et harmonies
Greg Hawkes: Claviers
Chris Hughes: Programmation informatique et batterie
ParolesI Can't Get Over Your Love
No Matter How Hard Life Seems,
There's A Light In My Dreams
Thanks To You.
My Friends Keep Asking Me Why
There's Such A Smile On My Face,
There's A Home At My Place,
Thanks To You.

I Don't Want Anything From You,
Turn On Your Motor Of Love.
Motor Of Love, Motor Of Love.
Heavenly Father Look Down From Above,
I Can't Get Over Your Powerful
Motor Of Love.
I Can't Get Over Your Love
No Matter How Lost I Feel,
I Know My Love Is Real,
Thanks To You.
You Simply Reached Out Your Hand
And Touched Me Deep In My Soul,
I Came In Out Of The Cold,
Thanks To You.

I Won't Steal Anything From You,
You Give Me More Than Enough.
Motor Of Love, Motor Of Love.
Heavenly Father Look Down From Above,
I Can't Get Over Your Powerful
Motor Of Love.
There Was A Time
When I Was Down And Counted Out,
Well I Remember I Felt So Bad
I Nearly Threw Away,
Nearly Threw Away The Keys.
Motor Of Love, Motor Of Love.
Heavenly Father Look Down From Above,
Motor Of Love, Motor Of Love.
Heavenly Father Look Down From Above,
I Can't Get Over Your Powerful
Motor Of Love.

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