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


Tug Of War (1993)

By Paul McCartney • Official album


Related bootlegs


Rude Studio Demos

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album


Tug Of Peace

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album



Tug Of War Demos

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album


Tug Of War Sessions

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album

Related songs


Be What You See

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Dress Me Up As A Robber

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Ebony And Ivory

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Get It

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Here Today

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Somebody Who Cares

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Take It Away

Officially appears on Tug Of War


The Pound Is Sinking

Officially appears on Tug Of War


Tug Of War

Officially appears on Tug Of War


What's That You're Doing?

Officially appears on Tug Of War

Related Concerts, TV & Radio shows


'Take It Away' promotional video filming

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

Related sessions


Mixing "Ebony And Ivory"

Jan 19, 1982 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording and mixing "Be What You See"

Dec 29, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Mixing "Tug Of War"

Dec 13, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Mixing "Here Today"

Dec 09, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Here Today"

Nov 30, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Mixing "Get It", "Wanderlust", "Ballroom Dancing", "What's That You're Doing"

Oct 01, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "Ebony And Ivory"

October 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Mixing "Somebody Who Cares", "The Pound Is Sinking"

Sep 01, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Mixing "Dress Me Up As A Robber"

Aug 14, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Ebony And Ivory"

Mar 30, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "Dress Me Up As A Robber"

Mar 23, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "Take It Away", "Dress Me Up As A Robber"

Mar 23, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "Ballroom Dancing"

Mar 17, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "The Pound Is Sinking"

Mar 12, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

March 11, 1981 - March 1982 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Overdubs for "What's That You're Doing?"

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


Recording "What's That You're Doing", "Tug Of War"

Mar 01, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Ebony And Ivory"

Feb 28, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Get It"

Feb 24, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "The Pound Is Sinking"

Feb 10, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Somebody Who Cares"

Feb 09, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Dress Me Up As A Robber", "The Pound Is Sinking", "Average Person"

Feb 04, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


"Tug Of War" sessions at AIR Studios, Montserrat

February 2 till March 3, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Tug Of War"

Jan 21, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War


Recording "Ballroom Dancing"

Dec 14, 1980 • 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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