Written by Lennon - McCartneyUnreleased song Instrumental
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1958 (Paul McCartney was 16 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Related songs


Officially appears on Catcall

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Song facts

From earlybeatlessongs:

One of several instrumentals, this one is principally by McCartney and was probably written in late-1958. The song was one of a few originals incorporated into the group’s live act, where it stayed until 1962. By luck, a tape of the Beatles rehearsing the song twice was captured in late-1962 at the Cavern Club, and these recordings have circulated on bootleg CDs. These versions have the song arranged Shadows-style, with dominant lead guitar figures.

McCartney wasn’t done with it however, and in July 1967, assisted Chris Barber with the recording of a rather different version which came out as a single that October, with the song re-titled as “Catcall”. (It didn’t chart.) In a break from protocol, the song was formally copyrighted without Lennon’s name being added.

A tiny fragment of the song also turns up in bootlegged tapes from the 1969 Get Back sessions (January 24). More recently a legal edition of the Beatles’ Cavern performances has appeared on the double LP, I Saw Her Standing There on the Rock Melon label. This collection of miscellaneous 1962 material was made possible by the expiry of the 50-year legal protection period on unreleased recordings, which made these and other tapes fair game in 2013.


Complete Home Recordings 1958-62

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

1:28 • Live

Complete Home Recordings 1958-62

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

1:26 • Live

A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:08 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D3-21 - Catswalk 24.64

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Martin Beasley 3 years ago

Who played lead guitar on Catswalk?

Theodor Ache 1 year ago

Most probably George played lead guitar because there is also a bass on the record (which obviously is by Paul - this was a rehearsal played live). I have heard an arrangement by string trio recently (not by McCartney).

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