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Daytime Nightime Suffering

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Goodnight Tonight 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Daytime Nighttime Suffering” is a song written by Paul McCartney and recorded by Wings. It was the B-side to the 1979 single “Goodnight Tonight,” which was a top-five hit in both the UK and USA. It was released on CD in 1993 as part of the release of The Paul McCartney Collection, and can be found as a bonus track on the album Back to the Egg. It is also included on the CD collection Wingspan: Hits and History.

Story behind the writing of the song

According to the book Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney & Wings by Garry McGee, the writing of the song was as follows:

When Wings was recording Back to the Egg, Paul had announced to the other band members that if they could come up with a good enough song, it would be recorded and put on B-side of the single. Such a generous gesture opened financial doors for the other band members, as the song could earn a small fortune as the flip side of a hit single. Each member–including Linda–spent the weekend trying to compose the song, but when Monday morning rolled around, Paul announced that he had written ‘the one.’ It was included as the B-side of ‘Goodnight Tonight’, which hit the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic in the spring of 1979 and went gold in the United States.

Recording and subsequent history

The song was recorded January and February 1979 as part of the album sessions. In contrast to the quick composition of the song, the mixing required 49 attempts. McCartney’s son James, who was a baby at the time, can be heard crying about two minutes into the song.

McCartney cited the song as “one of my current favourites” in a 1984 interview with Oprah Winfrey, and he has mentioned it as a favourite in subsequent interviews as well. Linda McCartney mentioned it as a favourite as well. Despite this, McCartney has never performed the song live, although it was selected for inclusion on the “History” disc of the Wingspan: Hits and History collection.

That’s a pro-women song. “What does she get” for all of this? “Daytime nightime suffering.” It’s like the plight of women. You were saying about the Beatles stuff and my stuff being very humanistic. And I say that’s what I would be most proud of — as would any artist.

Paul McCartney – Billboard interview, 2001

Last updated on November 21, 2018

Lyrics

What does she get for all the love she gave you
There on the ladder of regret
I do river give her all she gets
What does she get for all the love she gave you
There on the ladder of regret
Daytime, nighttime suffering is all she gets

Where are the prizes for the games she entered
With little chance of much success
Daytime, nightime suffering is all she gets

Come on river, overflow
Let your love for your people show
Come on river, flow through me
Let your love for your people be
You are the river, I am the stream
Flow mighty river through me

What does it pay to play the leading lady
When like the damsel in distress
Daytime, nightime suffering is all she gets

No less, no more
No sea, no shore
No sand, no pail
No fairytale any more

Come on river, flow through me
Don't be stopped by insanity
Come on river, overflow
Let your love for your neighbors grow
You are the river, I am the stream
Flow mighty river through me

Daytime, nightime suffering is all she gets
Daytime, nightime suffering is all she gets
Daytime, nightime, nightime suffering

What does she get for all the love she gave you?

Officially appears on


Goodnight Tonight

7" Single • Released in 1978

3:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Laurence Juber:
Electric guitar
Steve Holly:
Drums, Tambourine (?)

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


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:23 • Studio versionA


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:24 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.13

Unofficial album

3:18 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

3:18 • Outtake


Oobu Joobu Part 8

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

3:28 • Radio show


B-Sides Complete Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:20 • Studio versionA


UK Singles Collection - Volume 02

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:25 • Studio versionA


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Frederic Wullaert 1 years ago

Hello! I think Wings played the song during the 1979 tour.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks for the hint Frederic - some digging required !