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C'mon People

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“C’Mon People” is a single from Paul McCartney’s 1993 album, Off the Ground. The song reached number 41 on the UK singles chart. McCartney recorded the song for UK music programme Top Of The Pops.

The video for the single was directed by ex-10cc member Kevin Godley and shows McCartney at the piano singing the song while workmen speedily deconstruct it and re-build it around him.

The song was a staple of McCartney’s 1993 World Tour.

This song was released as a 7″ single and a CD single.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjhb_tgL5zs

From the “New World Tour” tour book:

BLAIR – C’mon People was an interesting track. I remember playing it on this Friday, loverly, sunny day. One of the machines broke early in the afternoon and we were just thinking, Yes! Long weekend! In our heads we were already driving down those lanes heading for home.

Paul say, Trell you what, we’ll just bash through this one, tape it, come back on Monday and do it properly. One take, that’s all we did. Julian, the producer, got on the intercom and said, Uh, come and have a listen to this. This track comes out, right in your face. We’re all looking at one another grinning, and I’m thinking, I’ll never be able to play it like that again, no way. It just didn’t sound like me somehow, because my mind was somewhere else.

WIX: The only thing that happened after that was that strings were added and that was nice because we did it at Abbey Road where The Beatles recorded, with a string arrangement by George Martin. At the end of his score he’d even written 1961 instead of 1991, then noticed and crossed it out.

Last updated on May 11, 2019

Lyrics

Well we're going to, yeah we're going to
get it right this time.
We're going to, really going to
raise it to the sky.
People are ready to forgive a few mistakes
But let's get started, form a party
Don't you know how long it takes!

C'mon people let the fun begin.
We've got a future and it's rushing in.
Call all the minstrels from the ancient shrine.
Pass down the message that it's right this time.

Well I'm trying to, yeah I'm crying to
Lay it on the line.
We're trying to, really dying to
Get it right this time.
So many yearning for the way it's gonna be.
Believe it when you see it happening to you
You know it's real.

C'mon people let the world begin.
We've got a future and it's charging in.
We'll make the best of all we have, and more.
We'll do what never has been done before.
Oh yeah.

Well I'm going to, yeah I'm going to
Get it right this time.
I'm going to, really going to
Raise it to the sky.
I must admit I may have made a few mistakes,
But let's get started, from a party
Don't you know how long it takes!

So c'mon people let the fun begin.
We've got a future and it's rushing in.
Call all the minstrels from the ancient shrine.
Pass down the message that it's right this time.

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

7:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Celeste, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals, Whistle
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Congas, Synthesizer
Blair Cunningham:
Congas, Drums
George Martin:
Arrangement, Orchestra conductor
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
John Underwood:
Viola
Derek Watkins:
Trumpet
Donald Weekes:
Violin
Tristan Fry:
Percussion
Galina Solodchin:
Violin
Michael Rennie:
Violin
Ken Essex:
Viola
David Ogden:
Violin
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Frank Lloyd:
Horn
Roger Garland:
Violin
Roy Gillard:
Violin
Pauline Lowbury:
Violin
Irvina Arditti:
Violin
Alan Brind:
Violin
Benedict Cruft:
Violin
Miranda Fulleylove:
Violin
Rita Manning:
Violin
Bernard Partridge:
Violin
Jonathan Rees:
Violin
Celia Sheen:
Violin
Barry Wilde:
Violin
Jeremy Williams:
Violin
David Woodcock:
Violin
Roger Chase:
Viola
Andrew Parker:
Viola
George Robertson:
Viola
Graeme Scott:
Viola
Robert Bailey:
Cello
Paul Kegg:
Cello
Ben Kennard:
Cello
Anthony Pleeth:
Cello
Roger Smith:
Cello
Jonathan Williams:
Cello
Paul Cullington:
Bass
Chris Laurence:
Bass
Skaila Kanga:
Harp
Nicholas Busch:
Horn
Josephine Lively:
Oboe
Richard Morgan:
Oboe
Martin Parry:
Flute
Jane Pickles:
Flute
Terence Emery:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jun 30, 1992
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

5:39 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993


C'Mon People

7" Single • Released in 1993

5:48 • Studio version


C'Mon People

EP • Released in 1993

5:48 • Studio version


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

7:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Celeste, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals, Whistle
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Congas, Synthesizer
Blair Cunningham:
Congas, Drums
George Martin:
Arrangement, Orchestra conductor
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
John Underwood:
Viola
Derek Watkins:
Trumpet
Donald Weekes:
Violin
Tristan Fry:
Percussion
Galina Solodchin:
Violin
Michael Rennie:
Violin
Ken Essex:
Viola
David Ogden:
Violin
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Frank Lloyd:
Horn
Roger Garland:
Violin
Roy Gillard:
Violin
Pauline Lowbury:
Violin
Irvina Arditti:
Violin
Alan Brind:
Violin
Benedict Cruft:
Violin
Miranda Fulleylove:
Violin
Rita Manning:
Violin
Bernard Partridge:
Violin
Jonathan Rees:
Violin
Celia Sheen:
Violin
Barry Wilde:
Violin
Jeremy Williams:
Violin
David Woodcock:
Violin
Roger Chase:
Viola
Andrew Parker:
Viola
George Robertson:
Viola
Graeme Scott:
Viola
Robert Bailey:
Cello
Paul Kegg:
Cello
Ben Kennard:
Cello
Anthony Pleeth:
Cello
Roger Smith:
Cello
Jonathan Williams:
Cello
Paul Cullington:
Bass
Chris Laurence:
Bass
Skaila Kanga:
Harp
Nicholas Busch:
Horn
Josephine Lively:
Oboe
Richard Morgan:
Oboe
Martin Parry:
Flute
Jane Pickles:
Flute
Terence Emery:
Percussion

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jun 30, 1992
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

5:53 • Live

Concert From the concert in Toronto, Canada on Jun 06, 1993


Let Me Roll It To Boulder

Unofficial live

5:49 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

5:31 • Soundcheck


First Night

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

6:43 • Live


Viva Las Vegas

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

5:27 • Live

Concert From the concert in Las Vegas, USA on Apr 14, 1993


Live performances

“C'mon People” has been played in 80 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “C'mon People” has been played








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