Put It There / Mama's Little Girl

By Paul McCartney7" Single • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Singles

UK release date:
Jan 29, 1990
R 6246

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions

"Cold Cuts" session

August 1987

Mixing "Put It There"

Jan 20, 1989

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Side 1


Put It There

Written by Paul McCartney

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart :
Bass, Percussion
George Martin :
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Neil Dorfsman :
Additional production
Chris Witten :
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson :
Computer programming, Recording engineer
Lance Phillips :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 22, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Nov 28, 1988
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jan 20, 1989
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Side 2


Mama's Little Girl

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


From Wikipedia:

This song was released as a 7″ single, a 12″ maxi-single, and a CD single.

7″ single
  1. “Put It There”
  2. “Mama’s Little Girl”
12″ single
  1. “Put It There”
  2. “Mama’s Little Girl”
  3. “Same Time Next Year”
CD single
  1. “Put It There”
  2. “Mama’s Little Girl”
  3. “Same Time Next Year”

Notes on the sleeve:

It was the Parisians who started it – back in October of ’89. At first you thought “What the hell are THEY doing?” as, down on the floor of the Palais Omnisports, Bercy, the girls were grabbing partners and bopping to ‘Put It ‘There’ .

This was a new one on a bunch of us. Up until Paris, the European fans had kind of swayed their heads, tapped their feet a bit. But not danced.

So they’re thinking, these French, you’re thinking, they’re thinking it’s a disco song. But it ain’t. Is it? Maybe it is; they thought so in Madrid and Milan and Rome. They danced to it there too.

But it had started as a ditty Paul had done about his Dad; just something Mr. McCartney used to say when Paul was a nipper with a troubled brow — “Put it there, son“, he’d say, holding out his hand, “put it there, if it weighs a ton“. Sort of like a problem shared, I guess. Sort of “Help? You’ve got somebody“.

Anyway, I’ve seen the song bopped to now. I’ve seen it choke Paul on stage, as he remembers his dear old dad. I’ve seen grown men in Chicago clasp their young sons to them as Paul sings it, rocking them tenderly. It’s a dance song. It’s a love song. For young boppers. For fathers. And for sons. And it’ll get you. In the end.


Last updated on November 25, 2016


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Darryl Sayers 5 years ago

make cd of all the bsides mixes from download

The PaulMcCartney Project 5 years ago

Hi Darryl, there are some projects that have tried to do that - in the bootleg world, the "B-Sides complete" series has done a quite good job - see https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/album/b-sides-complete-vol-1/ . Thanks

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