The Paul McCartney Project

Be What You See

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1981 (Paul McCartney was 39 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Remixing "Tug Of War" album

March 2nd to March 31st, 2015

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Song facts

Be What You See” is a 34 seconds-long song from 1982 album “Tug Of War“, serving as a link between “Get It” and “Dress Me As A Robber“. As explained by Paul :

The idea originally was that I wanted a few moments on the album where, like on a Pink Floyd album, you’ll get a sound developing into another sound, and I like that kind of thing, like where a radio play atmosphere develops. Carl (Perkins) and I had a joke at the end of ‘Get It’ and he started laughing. It was a nice way to end the track. It was genuine laughing but I wanted the laughing to go on into something more mystical. So I got on a vocoder, which Herbie Hancock, the musician, uses, where you play the actual notes with your mouth. And I got into this and it developed like the way you hear on the album, mixed into the next track. It’s difficult because if you start a short track and it starts to sound good, how do you finish it? It’s only a link you’re making, but you’ve got to get out. You can’t stay there forever, because it was only meant to be a link. We kept it like that with the laughing.

Paul McCartney, from Badman, Keith. The Beatles: The Dream Is Over – Off The Record 2 (p. 303).

Last updated on April 16, 2020

Lyrics

The one you wanted to be
Is now the one you see
The one you wanted to be
Is now the one you see

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

0:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording and mixing:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

0:34 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording and mixing:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

0:34 • Studio versionB • 2015 remix

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Remixing, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 2015
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording and mixing:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:33 • Studio versionA • Link

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording and mixing:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:34 • Studio versionB • 2015 remix

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Guitar, Remixing, Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 2015
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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