The Paul McCartney Project

Darkroom

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1980
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Darkroom” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, released on his second solo album, “McCartney II“, released in 1980.

Paul McCartney in The Beatles – The Dream is Over: Off The Record 2, by Keith Badman:

It wasn’t anything to do With Linda, and the darkroom where she develops her pictures. Actually, somehow I just heard the word ‘darkroom’ and thought it had lots of connotations. It could be a dark room, a photographic darkroom, or just a room, which is dark. You know, a fellow saying to a girl, ‘Come to my dark room,’ is a bit like a ‘Come, let me take you to the Casbah,’ kind of thing. So I thought of this double meaning and it’s just a chant that says, ‘Comma, come along to my darkroom. ‘ And then I added a sort of atmosphere thing in the background and that’s it. It’s supposed to sound like a sort of freaky darkroom or something. Originally ‘Darkroom’ wasn’t going to be on this album because we had to knock off about eight or nine tracks at the beginning. We had planned a double-album, but then it came down to a single album. I was going to lose ‘Darkroom’ because the original version is a very long track and goes on through all sorts of little crazy noises. But I edited it down because I liked it, and now it’s on the album.

While the version of “McCartney II” lasts 2:18, a different mix lasting 3:45 was available on bootlegs before its official release on “McCartney II – Archive Collection” in 2011.

In 2005, a mix of “Darkroom” appeared on “Twin Freaks“, the collaborative effort by Paul McCartney and DJ Freelance Hellraiser.

Last updated on November 15, 2016

Lyrics

Got a place we can go
Lights are low
Let me show you to my darkroom

Come a come along with me to my darkroom
Come a come along with me to my darkroom

Come a come along with me to my darkroom
Come a come along with me to my darkroom

Come a come a come a come a come a
Come a come a come a come a come a

Got a place we can go
Lighting low
Let me show you to my darkroom

Got a place
Got a place we can go
We can go
Come a come along with me to my darkroom
Lighting low
Let me show you to my darkroom
Come a come along with me to my darkroom

Officially appears on


McCartney II

Official album • Released in 1980

2:20 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:20 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

2:30 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:48 • Studio versionA1 • Full Length Version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Oct 04, 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

3:48 • Studio versionA1 • Full length version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Oct 04, 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:43 • Rough mixA1 • Full length version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Oct 04, 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Twin Freaks - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:33 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:47 • Studio versionA1 • Full length version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
Oct 04, 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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