The Paul McCartney Project

Average Person

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Lyrics

Look at the average person
Speak to the man in the street
Can you imagine the first one you'd meet?

Well, I'm talking to a former engine driver
Trying to find out what he used to do
Tells me that he always kept his engine
Spit and polished up as good as new
But he said his only great ambition
Was to work with lions in a zoo
Oh to work with lions in a zoo
Yes dear, you heard right
Told me his ambition was to work with lions every night

Look at the average person
Speak to the man on the beat
Can you imagine the first one you'd meet?

Well, I met a woman working as a waitress
I asked exactly what it was she did
Said she worked the summer crowd at seasides
Winter time she ran away and hid
Once she had a Hollywood audition
But the part was given to a kid.
Yes, the part was given to a kid
Yes sir, you heard it right
Hollywood ambition made a starlet grown up overnight

Well I bumped into a man who'd been a boxer
Asked him what had been his greatest night
He looked into the corners of his memory
Searching for a picture of the fight.
But he said he always had a feeling
That he lacked a little extra height
(Could have used a little extra height)
Yes mate, you heard it right
He always had a feeling that he might have lacked a little height.

Look at the average person
Speak to the man in the queue
Can you imagine the first one is you?
Look at the average person

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

4:33 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals

Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Demo

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.15

Unofficial album

4:01 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

3:16 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

4:05 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

8:30 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

4:25 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Gianluca 1 years ago

In this song backing vocals are also by Denny Laine .
You can clearly heard him expecially tobthe end


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks Gianluca - will fix this ! Much work for me to do on "Pipes Of Peace". Pages still pretty empty at this stage :(