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Get It

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
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1981 (Paul McCartney was 39 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "Get It"

Feb 24, 1981



Remixing "Tug Of War" album

March 2nd to March 31st, 2015

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Song facts

Get It” is a song from 1982 album “Tug Of War“, featuring Carl Perkins, one of McCartney & The Beatles’ idols, on guitar. From an interview with Guitar Player Magazine:

You played with Carl Perkins on “Get It” [from the album Tug of War]. How did you two get together?

Paul McCartney: I rang him up, and he was in the States playing clubs. We met him in the very early days with the Beatles, and he was a good old friend, such a down-home boy. I love Carl — he’s so great. I’ll tell you a story about Carl; I don’t think he’ll mind me telling this. We were recording at Montserrat, and a musician friend was sailing around the world on a yacht — a bit of a tax dodge, I think [laughs] — and he sailed into Montserrat, and came to see us. He invited us to his boat. There was this British naval crew piping us aboard this spotless yacht. Carl was really impressed with the buffet and the champagne, and the way it was all laid out. He came over to me and said, “Paul, where I come from they call this shittin’ in high cotton.” It’s one of my favorite expressions. After that, we recorded “Get It.” At the end of the song, you can hear both of us laughing — and that’s the joke we’re laughing at. We had to cut the joke out, though, because we’d have never gotten it played on the radio.

Did you both play guitar on that song?

Paul McCartney: Yeah, I just played a little bit, and Carl played a rhythm part. The fun tended to come when we had a free moment. He and I sat on the floor of the studio, and we were talking, and there was a mic on. I was just telling him about some of his old songs that we loved, like “Lend me Your Comb” and “Your True Love.” I told him we were big fans of his and we used to do “Your True Love.” Then we’d sing together. Then we’d stop, and he’d say, “Well, you know, Paul, I used to do this,” and he’d show me some fingerpicking thing he used to do.

Carl (Perkins) and I had a joke at the end of ‘Get It’ and he started laughing. It was a nice way to end the track. It was genuine laughing but I wanted the laughing to go on into something more mystical

Paul McCartney talking about “Be What You See (link)“, from Badman, Keith. The Beatles: The Dream Is Over – Off The Record 2 (p. 303).

We were in the studio and [Carl Perkins] came down and said, ‘My, it’s real pretty round here, Paul.’ He went to bed, got up the next morning and he obviously hadn’t seen the island. So he came back later that day and said, ‘Paul, believe me. This morning, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I woke up. It’s so pretty here and so beautiful.’ So while he was there, I wrote the track ‘Get It’. We had a bit of fun recording it. I can always see Laurel & Hardy dancing to this track.

Paul McCartney, from Badman, Keith. The Beatles: The Dream Is Over – Off The Record 2 (p. 303).
Paul’s handwritten lyrics for Get It – From the “Tug Of War Archive Collection” @ 2015 MPL Communications Inc

Last updated on May 9, 2020

Lyrics

You've got to get it mm mm
You've got to get it don't forget
It doesn't come around again
You've got to get it mm mm
You've got to get it and you've got to get it good

Once I had a little Spanish guitar
The neighbours told me I could go pretty far
Well I came and I went
And my guitar got bent
But I discovered that the people who love
Are what we need if we're to get up above it all
And that's that
Unless the world is flat

I wanna get it mm mm
I wanna get it just in case
It doesn't come around again
I wanna get it mm mm
I wanna get it and I wanna get it good

Pardon me if I've been misunderstood
I wanna get it while the going is good
The telephone rang
About a song I sang
The life of Cadillac and ultra for sure
Is automatic for the Lady Demure
She came and she went
Without a single dent

Come on, let's get it mm mm
You've got to get it don't forget
It doesn't come around again
You've got to get it mm mm
You've got to get it and you've got to get it good

Come on, let's get it mm mm
You've got to get it don't forget
It doesn't come around again.
You've got to get it mm mm
You've got to get it and you've got to get it good

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

2:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War / Get It

7" Single • Released in 1982

2:32 • Studio versionA1 • Single edit

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:29 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

2:28 • Studio versionB • 2015 remix

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Remixing, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 2015
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

2:21 • Soundcheck • With Carl Perkins

Concert From the concert in Memphis, USA on Apr 27, 1993


Old Friends From Montserrat

Unofficial album

2:30 • Studio version


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

2:30 • Studio version


Oobu Joobu Part 12

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

2:42 • Radio show


UK Singles Collection - Volume 02

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:32 • Studio versionA1 • Single edit

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carl Perkins :
Electric guitar, Vocal
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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