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Released in 1978

Famous Groupies

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the London Town Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 1978

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This song was recorded during the following studio sessions:

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All stand back, let the people see

Take a snap of the famous groupies for me

Behold the famous groupies

They are alike as two peas

And where the other goes, the other goes

But though the famous groupies

Are only paid in rupees

Nobody knows what the famous groupies know

And nobody goes where the famous groupies go

There was a bongo player

Who kept an extra layer

Of Dunlopillo mattress in his van

But when the famous groupies

Arrived with their twin snoopies

Nobody saw which way the poor boy ran

Nobody does it like a famous groupie can

All stand back, let the people see

Take a snap of the famous groupies for me

There was a lead guitarist

Who lived in Epping Forest

And all he ever wanted was to blow

When the girls were with him

He never lost his rhythm

And nobody knows what the famous groupies know

Nobody goes where the famous groupies go

There was the classic story

Of a roadie nicknamed Rory

Who used to practice voodoo on the side

When the famous twosome

Suggested something gruesome

All that they found was a crater two miles wide

Which left the music business absolutely horrified

Ladies and gentlemen, those magnificent examples of

female pulchritude and luminosity, direct from their

global perambulations to the very boards of this

supremely magnificent proscenium arch –ladies and

gentlemen; I give you FAMOUS GROUPIES!

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Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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