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Crises - Do You Know Who You Are...

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

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Song facts

Do You Know Who You Are…” is the ninth track of the seventh movement – entitled “Crises” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

VII: CRISES. Mary Dee sings to the child inside of her, fretting for it’s future, Shanty arrives home slightly drunk, short-tempered and demanding dinner. They row over money and Shanty’s feelings of inadequacy. Shanty wounds her by doubting her love and Mary Dee storms out – telling him, as she goes, that she is pregnant. In her blind anger and her hurt, she runs in front of a car and is knocked down. In hospital, a nurse wills her to live as – in delirium – Mary Dee sees the ghosts again. She fights to cling on to the life of her baby as the ghosts try to steal it from her. At her bed, Shanty prays, promising to reform if only Mary Dee and the baby are saved.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 11, 2019


Do you know who you are
As you lie there sleeping?
Take the time to rest your troubled head
I will watch over you till the moment you awake
Can you hear what I say
As you lie there sleeping?
When misfortunes crowd into your day
And the dark side of life
Has become too much to bear
I will stay by your side
Though we don't yet know if there's something wrong
You were brought in from the street
And a witness said you gave a shout
As you fell down at his feet
We are running tests
And soon the results will be known
But I feel I have to warn you
There may be complications
But we don't yet know if your child is in danger
We shall have to wait and see
In the meantime
There is nothing more for you to do
But sleep

Officially appears on

Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

3:36 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“Crises - Do You Know Who You Are...” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Crises - Do You Know Who You Are...” has been played


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