Recording "Man We Was Lonely"

Wednesday, February 25, 1970 • For Paul McCartney

Part of

"McCartney" sessions at EMI Studios, Abbey Road

February 21 to March 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the McCartney LP.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release

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On this day, Paul McCartney was at EMI Studios at 10:45 am, for a 45-minute playback of the tracks recorded so far the “McCartney” album. He then recorded and mixed “Man We Was Lonely“.

The basic track was recorded in 12 takes between 11:30 am and 2:15 pm. Various overdubs were added from 3:15 pm to 9 pm, including some harmony vocals by his wife, Linda.

The song was mixed in the evening, in just one attempt (the mixing session was booked from 9 pm to 11 pm). It was then added to the master reel.

The chorus (“Man We Was Lonely”) was written in bed at home, shortly before we finished recording the album. The middle (“I used to ride…”) was done one lunchtime in a great hurry, as we were due to record the song that afternoon. Linda sings harmony on this song, which is our first duet together. The steel-guitar sound is my Telecaster played with a drum peg.

Paul McCartney, from the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Last updated on April 13, 2022

Songs recorded


Man We Was Lonely

Written by Paul McCartney



Man We Was Lonely

Written by Paul McCartney


Album Officially released on McCartney



Paul McCartney:
Phil McDonald:
Recording engineer, Mixing engineer

Musicians on "Man We Was Lonely"

Paul McCartney:
Electric guitar, Bass, Acoustic guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Drums, Backing vocals
Linda McCartney:
Vocals, Backing vocals

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