Queenie Eye

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"Queenie Eye"
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album New
Released24 October 2013
FormatDigital download
LabelUniversal Music Group (UK)
Hear Music (US)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney, Paul Epworth
Producer(s)Paul Epworth
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Queenie Eye"
"Hope for the Future"
Music video
"Queenie Eye" on YouTube

"Queenie Eye" is a song by Paul McCartney, and written by McCartney and producer Paul Epworth. It is the second single from McCartney's solo album New, released in 2013.

McCartney explained that the song name and chorus lyrics were from a children's game he would play when he was young called "Queenie, Queenie, who's got the ball?" (the "Queenie" was alternatively called "Queenie Eye" or "Queenio"), and used the version of the chant he remembered from the game in the song.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Simon Aboud, husband of McCartney's daughter Mary. The video is notable for the array of famous people that appear in it including: actors Johnny Depp, George Ezra, Jeremy Irons, Chris Pine, Jude Law, Sean Penn, Alice Eve, actor-comedian James Corden, Meryl Streep, actress-comedian Tracey Ullman, models Kate Moss, Lily Cole, Laura Bailey, singers Jack Savoretti, Gary Barlow, artist Peter Blake, designer Tom Ford, comedian Howard Long, and many others who are shown dancing to the lyrics.

Live performances[edit]

McCartney performed "Queenie Eye" on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast in 2014, with fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr on drums[2] as well as during his Out There and One on One tours. The song was also included in the setlist of Freshen Up tour as the only song from "New".[3][circular reference]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 55
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[5] 42
Poland (LP3)[6] 32
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 27


  1. ^ The Making Of Queenie Eye on YouTube
  2. ^ "Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Share Grammy Stage for Rare Performance". Rolling Stone Online. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  3. ^ Freshen Up (tour)#Typical set list
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paul McCartney – Queenie Eye" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ http://lp3.polskieradio.pl/szukaj/?typ=a&q=paul%20mccartney. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.