McCartney had been staying in Long Island when the category-three storm Hurricane Bob that made landfall had hit in August 1991. This made McCartney sit with an acoustic guitar and write what he describes as "a gentle love song that becomes a 1960s protest song". The song was co-produced by George Martin and McCartney, being started, finished, and mixed within a single session on 3 September 1992 in Sussex, England. It is the earliest recording on Flaming Pie.
McCartney says of the song:
''"Bob, the hurricane, knocked out all the power; it was all candle-light, cooking on a woodfire. Very primitive, but we like that enforced simplicity. I couldn't play records, so I made up little acoustic pieces. This was one of them - it's a primitive little powercut memory."''
"Calico Skies" was also re-recorded for inclusion on the album Hope which was released in 2003 to aid victims of the Iraq war.
- Category: 1997 songs
- Category: Music published by MPL Music Publishing
- Category: Paul McCartney songs
- Category: Song recordings produced by George Martin
- Category: Song recordings produced by Paul McCartney
- Category: Songs written by Paul McCartney
- album: Flaming Pie
- artist: Paul McCartney
- genre: Rock music
- performer: Paul McCartney
- producer: George Martin
- producer: Paul McCartney
- record label: Parlophone Records
- recordLabel: Capitol Records
- recordLabel: Parlophone
- releaseDate: 19970505
- writer: Paul McCartney