Paul McCartney's 40 Greatest Solo Songs

The definitive guide to his post-Beatles best – chart smashes, psychedelic curiosities, punk, folk, disco and plenty of silly love songs

40. "Ever Present Past"

McCartney tapped into the restless energy of a man half his age on this backward-looking single, singing about "searching for the time that has gone so fast" over quick, incisive riffs. "I wouldn't use the word 'nostalgia,'" he said. "I would use the word 'memory.' ... If you're using your imagination, you tend to look into the past."