This was an idea that I brought to the band while we were on tour. I remember everybody working on this while sitting on a tour bus while stuck in a garage somewhere in England.
If memory serves me, Ronnie came up with the middle eight and solo section and, from that, the track wrote its self. I remember that Paul had written some great lyrics for it and he wanted to record them at band practice.
We only had a bashed up old microphone for him to use at the time, but his performance was magical and some of that original vocal recording remains on the finished track.
No need for explanation. If I can leave a little piece of guidance behind then its all here and its tried and tested. ..
The vocal track was the guide vocal and very spontaneous, we all loved it so it's committed, flaws and all.
This brings back memories of the tour bus and I think Niall also mentions we were sitting in a commercial garage waiting for the heating to be fixed before we headed off into Europe. We had set up a mini studio on the bus so that we could write whilst travelling on tour.
I remember thinking this track had massive potential. The next great moment was when we start putting lyrics onto the musical idea whilst bashing out ideas at my house. We recorded a vocal by Paul on what has to be the most bashed up crappy Shure mic you've ever seen.
It just sent shivers down everyone spine and despite the rubbish mic and the fact that Paul wasn't happy with the take we ended up keeping a large amount of it and are using it on the final recording of the song.
I love the guitar work on this track in particular the Solo ad-libbing towards the end of the song. This has a great atmosphere and I hope everyone will not chat over it live or Andrew Craig will seek you out and "sort you out". lol!
Sheer magic this one!
Colin's comments coming soon.
New Life is my favourite track on the album. It is beautiful, and Paul's vocal is sublime.
Altruistic and less absorbed
The way we think and the way we talk
Self obsessed but it's your life
Elevation is what you need
Find your balance and rule your greed
Consumes your time
Talk to strangers
Go see a sunrise once in a while
So warm and alive
It’s a beautiful thing
And it's your life
To walk on the beach when the moonshines
And sit for a while huddled and warm
Is this your life
Is this your life
Huddled and warm
This is your life