A Room With A View

Written by Noël Coward

Album This song officially appears on the Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward Official album.
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

“A Room With A View” is a song from Noël Coward, recorded by Paul McCartney as part of a tribute album released in 1998. While the credits mention “Mellow T.Ron and his Mood Men Featuring Stick Willie Guitar“, the song has been recorded by Paul alone, and engineered by “Eduardo Pequeño” aka Eddie Klein.

SongFacts describes the original song as:

This jaunty, uptempo love song has long become a standard. Noël Coward borrowed the title from the 1908 novel by E.M. Forster, whose love story is regarded as a critique of Edwardian society. In 1927, Coward suffered a nervous breakdown and burn out after his play This Was A Man which had been banned in England, flopped in the United States. He had been working flat out since 1924 when The Vortex, which he wrote and starred in, took the theatrical world by storm. He booked a ticket to Hong Kong but stopped off in Hawaii for several weeks where he stayed with the Dillingham family to recuperate. The song came into his head one day as he lay dozing in the sun. It went into the revue This Year Of Grace the following year.

The sheet music was published by Chappell of London. An early recording was made by Billy Elliot on the Edison Bell Winner label; seventy years later it was recorded by no less an artist than Paul McCartney for a Coward tribute album.

This tribute album was entitled Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward, and profits from the album sale were donated to the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust.

Lyrics

A room with a view and you
And no one to worry us,
No one to hurry us through this dream we've found.

We'll gaze at the sky and try
To guess what it's all about,
Then we we will figure out why the world is round.

We'll be as happy and contented as birds upon a tree,
High above the mountains and sea.

We'll build and we'll coo -oo-oo-
And sorrow will never come,
Oh, will it ever come true, a room room with a view.

We'll build and we'll coo -oo-oo-
And sorrow will never come,
Oh, will it ever come true, a room room with a view.
Oo-oo, a room with a view.

Officially appears on


Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward

Official album • Released in 1998

3:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocal, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 12, 1997
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

2:10 • Alternate take • 20th Century Blues


B-Sides Complete Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:07 • Studio version


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocal, Producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 12, 1997
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Concerts where “A Room With A View” has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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