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Crypt - I Used to Come Here When This Place Was a Crypt

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

I Used to Come Here When This Place Was a Crypt” is the third track of the third movement – entitled “Crypt” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

III: CRYPT.   1959. Shanty, now a confused teenager, goes to a Church dance in the crypt; he doubts his and God’s existence. Here, Mary Dee materialises – still dreamlike – to him again. Still he cannot see her. As he sings of his vision of the future, Mary Dee breaks the news that his father has died. Shanty is left sad and alone.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 10, 2019

Lyrics

I used to come here when this place
was a crypt.
Now the music plays.
Oh don't you sometimes wish they'd stick
to the script
As the local preacher says.

Rain from heaven will blessings bring,
Behold the harvest grown.
Rain from heaven falls down on you,
But me, I feel alone.

PREACHER (sympathetically)
Alone.

SHANTY
Alone.

PREACHER
If they won't come to worship God
in a church
Something must be done.
We have to instigate a nationwide search
For a way to make it fun.
Rain from heaven will blessings bring,
Behold the harvest grown.

SHANTY and PREACHER
Rain from heaven falls down on you,

SHANTY
But me, I feel alone.
Alone.

Officially appears on


Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

1:58 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Malcolm Stewart:
First violin (?)
Ian Balmain:
Solo trumpet (?)
Timothy Walden:
Solo cello (?)
Anna Cooper:
Cor anglais (?)
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass

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


Selections from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1992

1:58 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Malcolm Stewart:
First violin (?)
Ian Balmain:
Solo trumpet (?)
Timothy Walden:
Solo cello (?)
Anna Cooper:
Cor anglais (?)
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass

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

Live performances

“Crypt - I Used to Come Here When This Place Was a Crypt” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Crypt - I Used to Come Here When This Place Was a Crypt” has been played




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