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Dear Boy

Album This song officially appears on the Ram Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Dear Boy” is a song from the Paul McCartney album Ram. Credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, the song was written during the couple’s lengthy holiday on their farm in the Mull of Kintyre. The lyrics were written by Paul about how lucky he was to have Linda.

Background

“Dear Boy” was written as an autobiographical song about his relationship with his wife, Linda. He says in a 1971 interview,

“Dear Boy was my attempt at an autobiography about myself and how lucky I was to have Linda. I never realized how lucky I was to have her until I began writing the song.”

“Dear Boy” was also written as a message to Linda McCartney’s ex-husband, Joseph Melville See, about how See missed out on Linda. In the 2012 RAM Special Edition Documentary, Paul describes the song as written about Linda’s former husband, Joseph Melville See Jr., and the things he hadn’t seen in her. He said on the topic in 2001,

Dear Boy was actually a song to Linda’s ex-husband: ‘I guess you never knew what you had missed.’ I never told him that, which was lucky, because he’s since committed suicide. And it was a comment about him, ’cause I did think, ‘Gosh, you know, she’s so amazing, I suppose you didn’t get it.’

Paul’s former partner John Lennon, however, thought that the song was about him. Certain lines such as “She was just the cutest thing around” could have referred to Paul as being the cute Beatle. Paul may have changed the gender to conceal his identity and John mentioned in subsequent interviews that the Ram album had subtle allusions to himself and Yoko Ono. Since then, however, Paul has said that the song wasn’t about Lennon.

Covers

Singer-songwriter David Cloyd released a cover of the song on 13 September 2011.

Personnel

References

Last updated on April 3, 2016

Lyrics

I guess you never knew Dear Boy
What you had found,
I guess you never knew Dear Boy
That she was just the cutest thing around,
I guess you never knew what you had found, Dear Boy.

I guess you never saw Dear Boy
That love was endless,
And leave you when you love too long, Dear Boy
And never give it all away
I guess you never give it all away Dear Boy

I stepped in, my heart was dumb
And now for my love came through, and brought me down,
Can't be on hang about.

Dear Boy, how much you missed,
Dear Boy.

I hope you never know, Dear Boy,
How much you missed;
And even when you fall in love, Dear Boy,
It won't be half as good as this.
Hope you never know how much you missed, Dear boy.
How much you missed Dear Boy.

Officially appears on


Ram

Official album • Released in 1971

2:17 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion
Hugh McCracken:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Paul Beaver:
Synthesizer
Jim Guercio:
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1971
Studio:
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Mixed:
March 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


Thrillington

Official album • Released in 1977

2:51 • Studio versionC • Instrumental version

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Jim Lawless:
Congas, Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
The Swingle Singers:
Vocals
The Mike Sammes Singers:
Vocals (?)

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Ram (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:17 • Studio versionA

Recording:
Mar 01, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

Mixed:
March 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:16 • Studio versionA • Stereo version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion
Hugh McCracken:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Paul Beaver:
Synthesizer
Jim Guercio:
Backing vocals

Recording:
Mar 01, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

Recording:
March 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:16 • Studio versionB • Mono • Mono album: 2012 remaster


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:51 • Studio versionC2012 • Thrillington: 2012 remaster

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Jim Lawless:
Congas, Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
The Swingle Singers:
Vocals
The Mike Sammes Singers:
Vocals (?)

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


The Alternate Ram

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:12 • Alternate take • Original mono promo LP, especially made for the American AM stations. All the songs have different mixes


Ram - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:16 • Studio version


Ram - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:16 • Studio versionB • Mono


Ram - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:51 • Studio versionC

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Jim Lawless:
Congas, Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
The Swingle Singers:
Vocals
The Mike Sammes Singers:
Vocals (?)

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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