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Bogey Music

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1980

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979


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Song facts

Bogey Music” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, released on his second solo album, “McCartney II“, released in 1980. It was inspired by Fungus The Bogeyman, a children’s picture book by British artist Raymond Briggs.

Another song entitled “Bogey Wobble” and likely from the same inspiration was released in 2011 as part of the “McCartney II – Archive Collection“.

Paul McCartney in The Beatles – The Dream is Over: Off The Record 2, by Keith Badman:

There’s a book called Fungus The Bogeyman, for kids and grown-ups, too, which was sent to me by some fellow who’s making it into a film and who wanted me to do some music in it. The story is a bit strange, and the basic idea is that the bogeymen are people who make bumps in the night. They live beneath the ground and come out at night and frighten people and they like everything that is opposite to what we like. If we like warm dry clothes, they like wet slimy ones. And they’ve got all sorts of crazy books in their library, like Lady Chatterley’s Bogey. It’s just a great book, but it’s crazy and it just tickled my fancy when I got it. Anyway, I had that book in the studio one day and opened it to a page where the young people in Bogeyland rebel against the old people who hate music. They all start to get dressed in warm clean clothes and then they start to actually take baths, which is unheard of, and get into rock ‘n ‘roll. So I just look that page, looked at it a bit, and just thought, ‘Well, it looks like a bit of rock’n”roll.’ So I made up the track and called it ‘Bogey Music’, It’s a crazy fantasy, really, but that’s what I was thinking of when I did it.

There’s a rough mix available [A1] which has a slighter shorter running time than the released version on “McCartney II“.

Fungus the Bogeyman as featured on the cover of the original Raymond Briggs children’s book.
Fungus the Bogeyman as featured on the cover of the original Raymond Briggs children’s book. Copyright: flickr

‘Nobody Knows’ is craziness, ‘Summer’s Day Song’ is craziness, ‘Frozen Jap’ is craziness, ‘Bogey Music’ is craziness.

Paul McCartney, from McCartney II Archive Collection, 2011

Last updated on May 21, 2020

Lyrics

Everybody bogey
Dig that bogey beat
Man that bogey rhythm
Smells so clean and sweet
Everybody bogey
Bogey on to the street
Without bogey music
Life is incomplete
Without bogey music
Life is incomplete

Everybody bogey
Dig that bogey beat

If you little bogeys
Want to sing along
Clean your bogey act up
And learn the bogey song
Without bogey music
Life is incomplete
Without bogey music
Life is incomplete

Bogey music, bogey music
Bogey music, bogey music
All right, here we are now
Tonight in bogey land

Bogey music, bogey music
Well, when the younger bogeys
Hear that bogey sound
Every little bogey
Got to bogey down
Bogey man bogey
Bogey man bogey
Bogey man bogey on down
Bogey music, bogey music, bogey music
Bogey music, bogey music, bogey music
Bogey music
Bogey man bogey on down
Bogey music

All you little bogeys
I want you to sing along
Clean your bogey act up
And learn the bogey song
Without bogey music
Life is incomplete
You know, it is...suckers
Bogey music, bogey music
Bogey music, bogey music

Officially appears on


McCartney II

Official album • Released in 1980

3:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:28 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:29 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:29 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Studio Rarities - Volume 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:19 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Carlos Perez Chavez 4 months ago

Thank you, I was wondering about the motivation behind this song