Cut Me Some Slack

Album This song officially appears on the Sound City: Real to Reel Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2013
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2012 (Paul McCartney was 70 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

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Song facts

Cut Me Some Slack” is a song written by Paul McCartney and ex-members from Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

Dave Grohl had the idea of creating a documentary about the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles (where Nirvana recorded its album Nevermind in 1991). He invited various artists to record the soundtrack, including Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear wrote and recorded “Cut Me Some Slack” during a 3-hours jam.

Dave [Grohl] asked me to come along for a jam with some mates. Dave suggested maybe doing something like ‘Long Tall Sally’ but I thought maybe we should just make something up.

Paul McCartney – From For Whom The Bell Tells, December 31, 2012

We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way. We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect.

Dave Grohl – From NME, January 17, 2013

From For Whom The Bell Tells, December 31, 2012:

Along with Dave, Paul found himself jamming with Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. “They were saying how good it felt to be back together. I said, ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’ Someone whispered to me, ‘That’s Nirvana’, I couldn’t believe it.”

Stuart Bell

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear premiered the song during the Concert For Sandy Relief, on December 12, 2012. Two days after, on December 14, 2012, the studio version was published on YouTube.

At the 56th Grammy Awards held on January 26, 2014, “Cut Me Some Slack” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Last updated on December 8, 2020


Did your mama, set me free?
Oh mama, let me be
Oh mama, watch me run
Mama, I wanna have some fun

Well mama, don't let me down
Mama, wanna go to town

If you wanna stick around you gotta cut me some slack
I'?m gonna hit the road again and not come back

Wooo, Wooo, Wooo, Woo

Mama, let me be
Oh now mother, set me free
C?mon c?mon c?mon c?mon watch me run
Oh, Mama, I just want to have some fun
Oh, set me free
Let me be
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


A Original version

A1 Basic track with rough vocal

A2 Rough mix + vocal overdubs

L1 Live - The Concert For Sandy Relief, December 12, 2012

L2 Live - Saturday Night Live, December 15, 2012

L3 Live - Seattle, July 19, 2013

Officially appears on

Sound City: Real to Reel

Official album • Released in 2013

4:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Cigar box guitar, Vocals
Dave Grohl :
Backing vocals, Drums
Krist Novoselic :
Bass guitar
Pat Smear :
James Brown :
John Lousteau :
Butch Vig :
Jim Scott :

Session Recording:
Early April 2012
Studio :
Studio 606 West, Northridge, Los Angeles, USA


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:18 • Alternate takeA1 • Basic track with rough vocal

Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

4:54 • Alternate takeA2 • Rough mix + vocal overdubs

Outside Lands- Out There 2013

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

7:45 • LiveL3 • With NIRVANA

Concert From the concert in Seattle, USA on Jul 19, 2013

Live performances

“Cut Me Some Slack” has been played in 3 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where Cut Me Some Slack has been played

Saturday Night Live - Season 38 - Episode 10

Dec 15, 2012 • USA • New York City • NBC Studios • TV show

12-12-12 - The Concert For Sandy Relief

Dec 12, 2012 • USA • New York • Madison Square Garden


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