The Paul McCartney Project

Tug Of War

Timeline More from year 1982

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About

From paulmccartney.com:

Tug Of War was Paul’s first solo album after Wings’ split was confirmed, and followed the death of John Lennon, whose memory is poignantly evoked on the track ‘Here Today’. While the title hints at an album about power struggles, Paul saw it more as an album “of opposites”. As he says, it focuses on “duality. Yes and No, Up and Down, Man and Woman. Always some kind of conflict, even if you’re married and in love, she’s still a girl, you’re still a boy… It’s not easy to bring together two sides of a coin.” The album saw him reunite with producer George Martin and included two duets with Stevie Wonder, one of which, ‘Ebony And Ivory’, was Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. The sessions were so fruitful that a number of songs were held over for Pipes Of Peace, which followed in 1983. Upon its release, Tug Of War was nominated for the 1983 Grammy for Album of the Year.

“Tug Of War” is supposed to be about opposites, I forget what you call it, dichotomy or something. The duality. Yes and No, Up and Down, Man and Woman. Always some kind of conflict, even if you’re married and in love, she’s still a girl, you’re still a boy… Blacks and whites. Dualities. It’s not easy to bring together two sides of a coin. So that was like the question if there was a theme on “Tug Of War”, that was the sort of theme we played with.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983

Last updated on February 23, 2020

The album


Tug Of War

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Special editions


Related singles



Take It Away

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single


Tug Of War

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Related bootlegs


Rude Studio Demos

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album



Tug Of War Demos

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album


Tug Of War Rehearsal

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album


Tug Of War Sessions

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album

Related concerts


'Take It Away' promotional video filming

Jun 23, 1982 • United Kingdom • Borehamwood • Elstree Studios

Related sessions


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

March - December 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, Montserrat

February - March 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

December 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


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