The Paul McCartney Project

All Those Years Ago

Written by George Harrison

Album This song officially appears on the Somewhere in England Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1981

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Lyrics

I'm shouting all about live while they treated you like a dog
When you were the one who had made it so clear, all those years ago
I'm talking all about how to give, they don't act with much honesty
But you point the way to the truth when you say, all you need is love

Living with good and bad, I always looked up to you
Now we're left cold and sad by someone, the devil's best friend
Someone who offended all, we're living in a bad dream
They've forgotten all about mankind and you were the one
They backed up to the wall

All those years ago, you were the one who imagined it all
All those years ago, all those years ago, all those years ago

Deep in the darkest night, I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised, they've forgotten all about God
He's the only reason we exist, yet you were the one
That they said was so weird

All those years ago, you said it all though not many had ears
All those years ago, you had control of our smiles and our tears
All those years ago, all those years ago, all those years ago

Officially appears on


Somewhere in England

Official album • Released in 1981

3:45 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Electric guitars, Synthesizer, Vocals
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Ray Cooper:
Tambourine
Al Kooper:
Electric piano

Bootlegs


Meet The Threetles

Unofficial album

3:50 • Demo • enhanced mix


Anthology Sessions

Unofficial album

3:43 • Alternate take • Enhanced Mix

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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