Paul McCartney guests on new song from Travis frontman Fran Healy: An EW exclusive stream

Fran-Healey-McCartneyImage Credit: Fran Healy Kristian Dowling/Getty Images) – JulySometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But sometimes—like, say, when your guest bass player is a Beatle—it’s worth talking about.

Fran Healy, leader of ’90s Scot-rock champions Travis, called on old friend Macca to contribute to his first solo album, Wreckorder. McCartney agreed—and a grateful Healy, prid quo pro, subsequently promised to go vegetarian.

You can here the result of their collaboration below, and pre-order the single here:

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  • Angela

    I don’t know why but that song is relaxing to me.
    Did McCartney only contribute to one song does anyone know?

    • ryan

      pretty sure that is the only collaboration on the record

      • Najib

        I had honestly beelvied that you were hoping to be inspired to be challenged and pushed beyond what you ever beelvied you were capable. You are always courageously challenging others. Indeed, I had given up hope on ever truly being challenged by anyone I had let let it go categorized it as a mere pipe dream. I contented myself with challenging myself and underachieving for everyone of my professors.Until I met you and you drew your sword and challenged me to a dual. Of course, you won, which is to be expected. How can the disciple ever be anything but beneath her master?What you felt was me cutting you from dialogue at the airport felt like something else to me. It felt to me as though two glorious swords had clanged suddenly together in a true challenge between sisters. I truly beelvied we were in each others lives to keep each other sharp and focused to see through each others bull *BEEP*..and call each other out on it.You had challenged me. I thought you were like me: craving a challenge.According to Isaiah 61, the heaviness and darkness are no more. If you and I are experiencing their taxing burden today, you can rest assured that it is something inside of me and something inside of you that needs changing. When we walk about wearing the yoke of that heaviness/darkness the angels would be laughing, if it were not so tragic. For, we are walking about with a fictitious burden. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me (upon Jesus Christ),because the LORD has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness (from unnecessarily dark and dreary castles) for the prisoners To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor We no longer have to work to attain righteousness, sis. We no longer need to hold onto old beliefs that no longer work. We do not have to harbor resentments, for the vengeance of God is just this: I shall cancel your criminal record, if you will cancel the others criminal offenses committed against you. We do not have to build walls and sit to tea with Sir Fear anymore.As for emotional sophistication, well our Father in Heaven certainly does not model this in the prophets. Read Isaiah 58. Then, skip over to Isaiah 61. If God seems a little schitzoid in these books, it is because GOD IS LOVE. LOVE deplores emotional sophistication and moral superiority. And the love of God is blocked from flowing through me whenever I harbor fears and resentments.Our true and genuine righteousness is an INHERITANCE in Christ. We are one day to be clothed, not in our own pathetic man-made righteousness, but in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.How do we enter into God’s promised rest?1-Stop doubting and believe.2-Ask anything in Christ’s name and you will receive it if you believe w/out a shadow of doubt that you have received it. BUT, you must first go and be reconciled with those against whom you hold grudges, so that your Father in Heaven will forgive your crimes.Assignment for you:Ponder the following. The Pharisees followed the law to the letter. They were truly quite astonishingly morally dominant and superior individuals seriously, I am not kidding they were. They slaved to follow every jot and tittle they worked work, work, work, work, work They worked incredibly hard for their upstanding reputations among their society!What crime did these humans commit that Jesus should say to them, Woe to you Pharisees you are in danger Think about it Christ never said any such thing to the prostitute who sat anointing him nor to the low down, rotton, no good tax collectors who he befriended (and one of whom he chose as a disciple). He never turned to the notorious criminals/sinners and said, Woe to you criminals you are in danger Who was more ready and prepared to enter into the rest that God had promised to Israel back in the Old Testament? The Pharisee or the notorious sinner?It is better to give up on our pipe dream of ever becoming righteous, than it is to hold onto this hope. Our hope is in Christ Jesus. Our shield is Christ Jesus not our works. Our good works are mere adventures that we are going to one day be pinned with decorations for having done them! You know the crowns we are to receive??We cannot be shrewd for the kingdom if we are in shackles. God respects shrewdness for his kingdom. We cannot be shrewd, because in shackles and chains we are not free to take risks we are too afraid to take risks.Our era will demand that we be very shrewd, while vowing to admit we have resentments and committing to facing these and working with God to bail them out of our hearts! Only then can we also be gentle as doves. Love Ya Sis,Katie

    • DJ

      It is the only collaboration on the record according to what Fran said during a show I attended recently.

  • Liz

    Kind of a haunting song. Love this guy’s voice and love the way Macca’s bass moves in and out with his voice. Excellent.

  • Katie Archer

    Borrrinnngg! Seriously, somebody put Paul in a nursing home please! Oh he was a Beatle like 100 years ago so we still have to kiss his a$$.

    • Liz

      Can you read? Apparently not, since you’re clearly an idiot. Paul didn’t write or sing the song. He simply played bass on it. You just made yourself look like a complete fool.

    • Clare Sherman

      You should be in the nursing home.

    • ryan

      yes, actually, we do. we have to kiss every beatles’ a$$ from now until the end of time. everybody knows that.

  • Ringo

    What a sublime song. Such a beautiful melody. Why didn’t Healy ask me to play drums?

  • Amelia

    Great song! I already ordered my copy of werckorder. :D

  • tine

    i thought the acoustic version was better as it sounded more sincere with the sadness… but then as i think again, this version gives a feeling of mystic magic (i dunno, maybe it’s just me. haha), so, anyways.. it’s cool! :)

    • Melinda

      @tine I also like the acoustic version much better. I don’t quite love this version, sadly. So far, I’m most enjoying the song “Anything” from the new album.

      • tine

        yeah, the upbeat tempo of the background drowns the emotion sort of. im intrigued with anything. i already read the lyrics way back but i haven’t heard it yet. do you know of a link to either the studio or live version of it? thanks! :)

    • DJ

      I saw the first performance of this song (according to Fran during the show) during the Fran Healy/Andy Dunlop acoustic tour last year in Milwaukee. I like the acoustic version since that’s what I remember, but do like how it was mixed and finished off.

  • Elodie

    @tine and melinda: I also prefer the acoustic version. I really love the bass line, but the violins and the piano don’t fit the song IMHO.

  • LDH

    I haven’t listened to the acoustic version of this song, but I love this version. It reminds me of noisy, black and white film or rainy day… actually I the piano fits quite well and enhances those feelings..

    • tine

      i also thought the piano fit just well. even in the acoustic version, it had that same effect except i think it ws andy’s lead guitar.. or piano.. im not sure anymore. there’s no studio recording of the acoustic version. you can catch it on some live shows. either the fran and andy acoustic tour or fran’s tour with keane. there are loads in youtube, but since you’ve already heard this, you might not appreciate the other one anymore, at least audio wise. :)

      • LDH

        thank you for the information! :D!

  • The Banger Sisters

    You people are idiiots. Did any of you realize you’re arguing with each other via Entertainment Weekly comments?

    • tine

      so? besides, are we arguing? w. the exception of some macca bashers vs. lovers, we’re having a polite discussion about the music featured in EW. what’s wrong with that?

      • LDH

        Seconded. We’re just sharing thoughts. which part looks like arguing? I don’t get it.. is it bad to say something I think in a polite manner? hmm.

  • Elodie

    Idiots? I don’t we’re idiots. We’ve just expressed our own feelings about the song, plus we’re not even arguing with each other. Critics can be good too, and that doesn’t mean we don’t like the song, not at all.

    • Elodie

      think*

      • Nunu

        Well, the song is called Alive haha.. Let us take a senocd to disect the video The video starts with car getting t-boned, but then you get some flashbacks of all these emtion filled moments (you know, moments that make you feel alive ), and then it goes back to his car getting rocked by the bus again and he gets up and walks away. Then it’s like he has a new lease on life, and is thankful to be alive.That’s what I get from it.

    • tine

      yeah, and that’s exactly why EW has put up the comments slot to begin with. (???)

      btw, @elodie, i also like the bass line as it made the song a lil waltzy or something.. :)

  • The Banger Sisters

    I was referring to the Paul comments. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.

    This album is going to be amazing. I preordered the whole huge bundle. Saw Fran play live recently too. He’s the best.

    • tine

      alrighty then. (had that bit of a notion too) :)

  • The Banger Sisters

    Also, my sister posted that. I hadn’t even read the comment thread. It’s not really arguing at all.

  • Hank

    They should do a mix of just the bass .Paul so energetic and creative cause he smokes the Super Silve Haze

  • greek

    very nice song..

  • roxette

    my dad is a big beatles fan and hates most other music outside circa 60s-70s, including Travis. so i was so psyched to let him hear this (he had no idea about the collaboration) so that if he’d bash it, i’d say it’s “Paul McCartney’s song, doofus!” and if he’d praise it, i’d say, “See, it’s fran healy’s song from Travis!”.. Well, after hearing it, this is what he said: “The bass line is good, but that’s it”.. :| thaaaaaaanks, father.

    • Liz

      Your dad sounds absolutely cute. Seriously.

      • roxette

        haha. well, at least we have a lot fun panning each other’s taste. :)

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