What a romantic! Sir Paul McCartney to release wedding song written for wife Nancy
Sir Paul McCartney is preparing to release the song he wrote for his new wife Nancy Shevell and performed on their wedding day.
The track is called My Valentine, and will feature on a new album due for release in February.
The old romantic penned the song after falling in love with Nancy, his third wife, in 2009.
Happy couple: Paul McCartney and his bride Nancy Shevell are showered in confetti after their London wedding
The lyrics include: 'And I will love her, for life. And I will never let a day go by. Without remembering, the reasons why. She makes me certain, that I can fly.'
Sir Paul, 69, married New Yorker Nancy on 9 October, and My Valentine played for their first dance as husband and wife.
His Valentine: Nancy looked beautiful on her wedding day in a dress designed by her new step-daughter, Stella McCartney
Speaking to Radio 6Music, Sir Paul said he looks on his song-writing era with the Beatles as almost another life.
'In a way, someone else did write them,' he said. 'It was a 24-year-old me.'
By contrast, he said, My Valentine 'just kind of popped out and wrote itself, almost'.
Most of the songs on Sir Paul's new album will be U.S. standards - songs he remembers his father playing at home.
The former Beatle has teamed up with a host of stars including Diana Krall, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder on the new tracks.
Still jamming: Sir Paul performing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this year
All but two songs on the as-yet-unnamed album - to be released in February - are cover versions.
The singer said it contains songs which inspired his early compositions with John Lennon, and was something he has longed to do.
'In the end it was 'look, if I don't do it now, I'll never do it',' he said.
He added that it was 'about time the songs me and John based quite a few of our things on' were given recognition.
The musician previously released a covers album in 1999 with his Run Devil Run collection of vintage rock'n'roll songs.
Collaborator: Stevie Wonder will join Macca on a new track called Only Our Hearts
Speaking about the new collection, he said: 'When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them.
'I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys - I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it's beautiful, the way they made those songs.'
The tracklisting for the album - out on February 6 - has yet to be released.
Sir Paul's father Jim used to play clarinet in a jazz band, performing standards, as well as playing piano.
The new album features Krall and her band, while Clapton - who played on the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps - contributes to My Valentine.
Stevie Wonder performs on the other original track, Only Our Hearts.
Sir Paul and Stevie have collaborated before, playing on chart-topping hit Ebony And Ivory in 1982.
Happily married: Paul and Nancy outside their home in St John's Wood, London
The album has been recorded throughout the year in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Sir Paul said: 'It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we'd work with The Beatles.
'We'd bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we'd say 'OK, let's do a take now' and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we'd learnt the song. So that's what we did, we did the take live in the studio.
'It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices, so many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise.'
My Valentine is currently being previewed to members of Sir Paul's website, www.paulmccartney.com
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