And The Sun Will Shine

Album This song officially appears on the And The Sun Will Shine / The Dog Presides 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

And the Sun Will Shine” is a song by the British band Bee Gees, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, and released in February 1968 on the album “Horizontal“. In the same month, Paul Jones, former Manfred Mann frontman, recorded the song with Paul McCartney playing drums on it.

From Wikipedia:

[…] In the same year, former Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones recorded the song and released his version as a single, backed with his own song “The Dog Presides“.

With Paul McCartney on drums, Jeff Beck on guitar, Paul Samwell-Smith of The Yardbirds on bass and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, it was produced by Peter Asher, formerly of Peter and Gordon. McCartney’s contribution was not credited on Columbia release of the song. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios’ Studio 2. Asher had asked McCartney to attend the session and he ended up playing drums on the song. […]

Paul McCartney was on drums on that session, It was during the time I used to hang out with Peter Asher and Paul wanted to play drums because he could.

Paul Jones – from the liner notes of The Paul Jones Collection (CD)
From Hot Wired Guitar: The Life Of Jeff Beck, by Martin Power:

Locked into a low-paying contract that forced him to release below-par singles wholly unrepresentative of his undoubted talent or preferred musical direction, and with a band now on the verge of desertion, Beck continued to prop up his income with the odd session. The most notable of these was an inspired contribution to the B-side of ex-Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones’ single ‘And The Sun Will Shine’, cut in the early spring of 1968. Written by the Gibb Brothers – aka the Bee Gees – ‘And The Sun…’ was a fairly innocuous example of late-sixties pop balladry. But its flip side, ‘The Dog Presides’, was much more rewarding to the ear. Cut at Abbey Road’s famous Studio II, ‘The Dog Presides’, featured an all-star cast of musicians and fashionable London faces. Making his debut as a producer was Pete Asher of Peter & Gordon, a singing duo that had already achieved considerable notoriety with four million-selling singles, the best known of which was ‘A World Without Love’. The brother of Jane Asher – then dating Beatle Paul McCartney – Pete had asked McCartney to attend the session at which he ended up playing drums. Also along for the ride was Jeff’s former bandmate and now producer in his own right, Paul Samwell-Smith, who added bass guitar. To give things an extra helping of top-end sheen, Nicky Hopkins brought along his keyboard, leaving Beck to provide some typical fiery runes from the neck of his Gibson Les Paul. The result of all this superstar jamming was a cracking little tune, sung beautifully by Jones, whose panicky harmonica fills were a perfect complement to Jeff’s growling lead lines. For Beck, who reportedly earned a week’s rent from ‘The Dog Presides’, there was only one regret: “Well, all I remember [about it] was hoping Paul McCartney would sing“.

Last updated on September 28, 2021

Lyrics

And the rain will fall, it falls for you
And the clouds will break into tears
You should be here standing so near to me

'Cept I know you should be sad
But give me time alone to get it out of my mind
Though I say I know it's only the weather
'Cause ev'ry time it rains you are gone
And I'm blue
Then I wake up, then I wake up

And the sun will shine if just for you
And the trees will talk to the skies, whispering lies
Heaven will pass to me, yeah
Trains walk by and the birds disappear
Oh! Why am I still here without you by my side
So I cry your name and love
The thought to me is back and how near
Then I wake up, then I grow up

And the rain will fall
It falls for you
And the clouds will break
It should be near
And the sun will shine
If just for you
And the love

Officially appears on


And The Sun Will Shine / The Dog Presides

7" Single • Released in 1968

3:14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums
Nicky Hopkins :
Keyboards
Peter Asher :
Producer
Paul Jones :
Harmonica, Lead vocal
Jeff Beck :
Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Bass

Session Recording:
Early February 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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Ken Womack 5 months ago

In Mal Evans's diaries, the Beatles' road manager lists the recording as taking place in Studio 3.


The PaulMcCartney Project 5 months ago

Thanks Ken for the insight ! Really honoured to see you visiting this website, and looking forward reading your book on Mal Evans !


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