The Paul McCartney Project

Don't Break The Promise

Album This song officially appears on the The World Tonight #2 EP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997

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Don't Break The Promises

Officially appears on ...Meanwhile

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Song facts

Don’t Break The Promise” is a song written by Paul McCartney and Eric Stewart, during their collaboration in 1986 for the “Press To Play” album. Paul McCartney recorded it, with the help of Hamish Stuart, in 1988. It was officially released on the B-Side of the 1997 single “Beautiful Night“.

Don’t Break The Promise” was included in the 2020 reissue of “Flaming Pie” but was not remastered. 

Eric Stewart also recorded it with 10cc for their 1992 album “…Meanwhile“. The song was renamed it “Don’t Break The Promises” (notice the ending “s”), and the result is totally different than the McCartney version.

Last updated on August 4, 2020

Lyrics

Take my life but don't throw it all away, don't break the promise that you made today.
Take my heart but if you're not gonna stay, don't break the promise that you made today.
Ah, don't break the promise that you made today.

If you don't mean to keep your word, well, you better be heading down the road.
Cause I can't, I can't stand it if we don't love life all you gonna do is tell me goodbye.
Take my life but don't throw it all away, don't break the promise that you made today.

Ah, take my heart but don't lose it on the way, ooh, don't break the promise that you made today.
(don't break the promise) don't break the promise that you made today.

Kiss it goodbye, (kiss it) walk if you don't want all, all of my loving.
you know what you can do, baby, kiss it goodbye. (kiss it, kiss it) yeah, yeah.

Ah, take my heart but don't throw it, don't throw it all away,
mm, don't break the promise that you made today.
(don't break the promise) don't break the promise that you made today.
No, no, no, don't break the promise that you made today,
no, no, don't break the promise that you made today.

Variations


A Commercial version (solo version)

A1 Oobu Joobu version

Officially appears on


The World Tonight #2

EP • Released in 1997

3:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

3:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


Oobu Joobu Part 9

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

7:22 • Radio showA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


B-Sides Complete Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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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