Baby's Request

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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Song facts

From Beatles Bible:

McCartney wrote the song for The Mills Brothers, the American jazz and pop vocal quartet who rose to fame in the 1930s.

That came about because we were on holiday in the south of France last summer, and we saw The Mills Brothers, the famous old Mills Brothers. Everyone thought that they were dead but they were in cabaret down there, and they were 73 years of age and rotund. They were great and sang exactly like they used to and they are still an amazing group. I went to see them backstage and one of them said, ‘Hey, Paul. How’s about writing The Mills Brothers a song?’ So I said, ‘Yeah, Herbie, OK.’” Paul McCartney

Baby’s Request was never originally intended to be recorded by McCartney or Wings. A demo was taped, but a misunderstanding with The Mills Brothers’ management meant it ended up being used on Back to The Egg.

I went back to the hotel and spent the next day writing a song for them and when we got back to London we demoed it, sent it out to them and, unfortunately, there was a slight cock up on the management front. For some reason, their manager got the idea that we were going to pay them to record it. So they ended up not doing it, and we ended up doing it ourselves.” Paul McCartney

The demo recording was made in October 1978 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. It was a taped in just a few live takes, and was used on the album without being re-recorded properly.

[…]

McCartney was not normally in the habit of re-recording his earlier songs, with some exceptions including 1984’s Give My Regards To Broad Street. However, he made an exception for Kisses On The Bottom, his 2012 collection of American standards.

The basic edition of the album had 14 songs, two of which were new original compositions by McCartney. A deluxe edition, meanwhile, had two bonus tracks: Baby’s Request and another cover version, My One And Only Love. The inclusion of Baby’s Request brought the number of original compositions up to three.

Before we started the album I played Tommy [LiPuma] a couple of songs that were written in the style of the album that we were about to make. And he said, ‘Oh, we should try that.’ That was originally written, very much in this style, for The Mills Brothers. I was hoping they would do it. Something happened and they never did. I’m not sure if they ever heard that I’d offered it to them.” Paul McCartney

In Oct ’78, we recorded it My Baby’s Request @ Abbey Road 1st as a demo & then we put the track on Back To The Egg. I played a Gibson 335, Denny-piano, w/Paul & Steve on bass & drums. Paul overdubbed the trombone-like Moog solo.

From Laurence Juber on Twitter, June 17, 2022

Last updated on July 28, 2022

Lyrics

*When the moon lays
His head on a pillow
And the stars settle
Down for a rest,
Just do me one small favour
I beg you
Please play me
My baby's request

It's the song
That we heard
When we started.
Now the bird have all
Flown from our nest
**But you could bring back memories
Departed by playing
My baby's request

My baby said
That she knows
How it goes
But you're the one
That really knows
So go ahead
Just one more time and then
We'll go to bed

Repeat **

Repeat ***

Repeat *

Hmm play me baby's request
Please play me my baby's request
One more time

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Getting Closer / Baby's Request

7" Single • Released in 1979

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:51 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 Remaster

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

3:30 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Robert Hurst :
Bass
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Ira Nepus :
Trombone
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 16, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On the Bottom (Deluxe version)

Official album • Released in 2012

3:30 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Robert Hurst :
Bass
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Ira Nepus :
Trombone
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 16, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

2:51 • Studio versionA2016 • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


UK Singles Collection - Volume 02

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Back To The Egg - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Double-bass, Moog, Producer, Vocal harmonies, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Piano
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Brushes
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
October 16-17, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Monday, February 26, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:27 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Robert Hurst :
Bass
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Ira Nepus :
Trombone
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 16, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Films


Baby’s Request

1979 • • Directed by Keith McMillan

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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