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Every Night

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1969 (Paul McCartney was 27 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions






Other songs from "McCartney" appearing on "Unplugged" (1991)


That Would Be Something

Officially appears on McCartney


Junk

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Song facts

Every Night” is a track from Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, released in April 1970. From Wikipedia:

He wrote the song while he was on holiday in Greece. McCartney first performed it live on 23 November 1979 in Liverpool. […]

The lyrics of “Every Night” reflect the difficult situation McCartney was dealing with at the time the song was written, which was in light of the imminent breakup of the Beatles; the words do, however, convey some optimism for the future. According to James McGrath, the last line, “But tonight I just wanna stay in / And be with you,” is the key to the song, in that it “quietly challenges the uneasy relationship between rock and domesticity.” McGrath points out that Bob Dylan’s song from the previous year, “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You,” ended on a similar note.

McCartney premiered it during the Beatles’ Get Back/Let It Be Sessions. The group messed around with the song on 21 and 24 January 1969 (a brief run through and John Lennon on slide guitar; respectively).

McCartney sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass and drums on this recording.

From Beatles Bible:

[Every Night] was recorded properly by McCartney on 22 February 1970 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. McCartney had booked a session to mix the songs Valentine Day and That Would Be Something, and afterwards recorded Every Night and Maybe I’m Amazed. Every Night was mixed at the end of the session, but was redone on 24 February.

From the release note of the album:

‘Every Night’ (Blues). This came from the first two lines, which I’ve had for years. They were added to in 1969 in Greece (Benitses) on holiday. This was recorded at EMI with:

1. vocal and
2. acoustic guitar
3. drums
4. bass
5. lead guitar (acoustic)
6. harmony to the lead guitar
7. double-tracked vocal in parts
8. electric guitar (not used)
9. track.

Paul McCartney

From PopMatters:

Every Night” is one of Paul McCartney’s greatest solo accomplishments. For the life of me, I don’t understand why it (or any songs from the McCartney album) wasn’t ever released as a single. It is rare to find a song that paints such a perfect view of romantic love while staying unique, personal, and cliché-free. […] A lot changed for Paul McCartney in the year 1969, and he reportedly didn’t handle it well. The band that his entire life revolved around—the biggest band in the world, the Beatles—was falling apart, and the resulting tangled mess of hurt feelings and legal matters left him sorely depressed. Getting him through this difficult time was his wife, Linda, who suggested that he should start working on his own music apart from the group. “Every Night” became the resulting tribute to his inspiring spouse.

The album on which it appears has a reputation of being quickly put together, but “Every Night” started out as a possible track for the Beatles’ final album, Let It Be. Though he has stated that he “had the first two lines for a few years” before its recording, Paul finished writing the song later on in 1969 while on vacation in Greece. In the final completed version, acoustic and bass guitars mix together with drums and some background vocals from Linda, who would go on to duet with Paul on many more songs.

Rumor has it that he may have recorded an electric guitar part for this song that was never used and that it may or may not appear on the first take, an alternate version that could be released in the future. […]

Last updated on June 7, 2020

Lyrics

Every night I just want to go out
get out of my head.
Every day I don't want to get up
get out of my bed.
Every night I want to play out
& every day I want to do…
But tonight I just want to stay in
and be with you… and be with you.

Chorus. oo…

Every day I lean on a lamppost
I'm wasting my time.
Every night I lay on a pillow
I'm resting my mind.
Every morning brings a new day
& every night that day is through
But tonight I just want to stay in
and be with you…and be with you.

Chorus. oo…

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 24, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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




Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

3:25 • LiveL2

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Robbie McIntosh :
Acoustic guitar, Vocal harmonies
Hamish Stuart :
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens :
Piano
Blair Cunningham :
Drums
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart :
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie :
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw :
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1992

2:40 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 24, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:40 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 24, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

2:35 • Studio versionA2001 • 2001 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Geoff Emerick :
Remastering
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 24, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

2:51 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne :
Producer
Michael Brauer :
Recording engineer
Ricardo Chavarria :
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dallas, USA on May 09, 2002


Back In The World

Official live • Released in 2003

2:51 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne :
Producer
Michael Brauer :
Recording engineer
Ricardo Chavarria :
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dallas, USA on May 09, 2002


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:35 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 24, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 21st, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:13 • Rehearsal • Jan.21 - D1-24 - Every Night 21.19

Session Recording:
Jan 21, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:50 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D3-17 - Every Night 24.60

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London





Live performances

“Every Night” has been played in 137 concerts and 59 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where has been played


Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation from LIPA

Jul 25, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts



BBC Radio 4 Mastertapes

May 28, 2016 • United Kingdom • London • BBC Maida Vale Studios • Radio show


Special Valentine’s Day Concert

Feb 14, 2015 • USA • New York • Irving Plaza




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