The Paul McCartney Project

Dress Me Up As A Robber

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From an interview with Club Sandwich, 1982:

Andy Mackay – “Dress Me Up as a Robber” – is that the one you were talking about that sounds Steve Gaddish?

Paul – Yes, I think that does sound Steve Gaddish in its rhythm, but it’s a kinda Latin thing that Steve would do anyway. We did it in Montserrat where we had different people at different times, you know. Dave Mattacks was there drumming on certain tracks and then we was returned to England and nearly overlapping him was Steve Gadd, to kinda take over. And I think for me, I always say today, I can hear him sort of anticipating Steve’s arrival and sort of thinking about this. He plays a bit Steve Gadd-y style, which is nice actually, it makes a nice change for us. It sort of keeps a bit of a continuity rather than it just being everyone’s very different, they kind of assimilated a bit to each other, sort of thing.

Andy – Are the words anything of great significance?

Paul – Dressed up as a robber — the words are just kinda words, they just came about. You can do whatever you like to me, you can call me what you like. but I’ll still be what I am; you can dress me up as a sailor, a robber, a soldier, but it really won’t matter, I will still be me. If you dress me up as a soldier I will be the little fellow who goes to Northern Ireland and writes a book about the horrors of it — I won’t be a soldier really, or you know what I mean, that kind of thought.

Last updated on May 7, 2019

Lyrics

Well you can dress me up as a robber
But I won't be in disguise
Only love is a robber
And he lives within your eyes
Ooh, ooh eee ooh

You can dress me up as a sailor
But I'll never run to sea
As long as your love is available to me
What do I do with a sea of blue?
Ooh, eee ooh

Dressing me up
It doesn't make a difference
What you want to do
Whichever way you look at it
I'm still in love with you
If we go on forever
I may never make a change

Dressing me up
And if I don't convince you
You needn't look too far
To see that I'm not lying
‘cos I love you the way you are
And what's the point of changing
When I'm happy as I am?

Well you can dress me up as a soldier
But I wouldn't know what for
I was the one that told you he loved you
Don't wanna go to another war
No, no, no

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

2:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Guitars, Vocal
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar, Synthesizer
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Arrangement, Electric piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Dave Mattacks:
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Second engineer
Mike Stavrou:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 13, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Overdubs:
Mar 23, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Aug 14, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

2:42 • Studio version • 2015 remix


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Demo


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

1:07 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

1:56 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

0:36 • Studio version


Unsurpassed Rudeness

Unofficial album

3:39 • Outtake


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

0:34 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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