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Unreleased McCartney song in Meat Free Monday film

Paul McCartney’s ‘Meat Free Monday’ Campaign released a new short film featuring a previously unreleased song from Sir Paul himself. The short film features tracks from his 1997 classic music album Standing Stone as well as the unreleased song, called Botswana.

The film One Day a Week, shows the damaging role eating meat has on our environment and encourages people to help slow climate change by eating less meat. Narrated by McCartney, the film also features his daughters Stella and Mary, as well as Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. 

Video: On Day A Week

The song, which starts in the video at 2’20”, was written in 2014 when Paul McCartney canceled 12 dates on his Out There world tour, citing doctor's orders to rest up after being briefly hospitalized for a mystery virus in Tokyo. In an interview later that same year he told Rolling Stone magazine that the time off from the road let him catch up on all kinds of pursuits that his heavy touring schedule otherwise might have made difficult.
I went into my recording studio and did some music that I didn't have to do, some experimental stuff. That was a really nice musical awakening, and it made me feel better. Over a week, I did a couple of tracks, and that reawakened my musical taste buds. I was really happy with those. They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals. The first one I did was kind of African, so I gave it the working title Mombasa. The next one was faster, and that one I called Botswana. It was a good week. It was funny, I was talking to Joe Walsh about this. He said, "Yeah, man, that's the best – when it's for nothing and it's not important and it's just experimental, you have the most fun. It's really good for your soul, that stuff.' And I agree. It was very freeing.

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, ‘Meat Free Monday' is a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week.

André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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