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Goodnight Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Goodnight Tonight / Daytime Nighttime Suffering 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "Goodnight Tonight"

Between January 23rd and February 9th, 1979

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Song facts

That was all based round some rhythm. I do like dance records: when you listen to records, you’re often down a club and want to dance with someone – I like dancin’, actually!

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N°47/48, Spring 1988

From Wikipedia:

Goodnight Tonight” is a single by the band Wings notable for its disco-inflected sound and spirited flamenco guitar break. It peaked at number five in both the United Kingdom and United States during 1979.

Recording

Goodnight Tonight” began as an instrumental backing track McCartney had recorded in 1978. Needing a single for Wings to accompany the Back to the Egg album, McCartney took out the track and brought it into the studio, where the full Wings line-up completed it. Laine and Juber added electric guitars, mirroring Paul’s parts and Holley added percussion, while the whole band sang in the chorus. Since the track was over seven minutes long, an edited version was used as the single, with the full version available as a 12-inch single. A music video was made for the song, showing Wings performing in 1930s costumes; stills from the video were used on the single’s sleeve. In the US, the single was the first released under McCartney’s new deal with Columbia Records.

Release

The track did not appear on Wings’ then-current album Back to the Egg (from which sessions this song was recorded), as McCartney felt it did not fit the theme of the LP; it was later included on the McCartney compilations All the Best! (1987), Wingspan: Hits and History (2001) and Pure McCartney (2016). The 7″ version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 remastered CD of McCartney II, as part of The Paul McCartney Collection. The B-side of this single was “Daytime Nighttime Suffering”. An extended version of the song appears on a digital iTunes re-issue of Back to the Egg.

Charts and reception

Goodnight Tonight” was an international hit, reaching number five on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. John Lennon, McCartney’s former songwriting partner, later commented that he did not care for the song, but enjoyed McCartney’s bass guitar on the single. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.

References in popular culture

The song was featured in the 2010 film Grown Ups.

Last updated on March 22, 2020

Lyrics

Don't get too tired for love
Don't let it end
Don't say goodnight to love
It may never be the same again

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
You can say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't get too tired for love
Don't let it end
Don't say goodnight to love
It's a feeling that may never end

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Officially appears on


Goodnight Tonight / Daytime Nighttime Suffering

7" Single • Released in 1979

4:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals, Vocoder
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Laurence Juber :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Backing vocals, Clay-hand drums, Percussion

Session Recording:
Feb 06, 1978
Studio :
Unknown location

Session Recording:
Between January 23rd and February 9th, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

Session Mixing:
Between January 23rd and February 9th, 1979
Studio :
Replica Studio, Soho Square, London

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


Goodnight Tonight

Official album • Released in 1979

7:25 • Studio version • Long version


Goodnight Tonight

Official album • Released in 1979

4:18 • Studio version • Short version


Goodnight Tonight / Daytime Nighttime Suffering

12" Single • Released in 1979

7:15 • Studio version


Goodnight Tonight

7" Single • Released in 1979

4:18 • Studio version • Mono


Goodnight Tonight

7" Single • Released in 1979

4:18 • Studio version • Stereo


All The Best! (Box Set)

Official album • Released in 1987

4:19 • Studio version


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:20 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

4:22 • Studio version • 2001 remaster

Geoff Emerick :
Remastering
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.11

Unofficial album

7:13 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

5:53 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

5:23 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

7:19 • Outtake


Wingspan: the Remixes

Unofficial album

5:24 • Studio version • Loop Da Loop Club Mix


Films


Goodnight Tonight

1979 • • Directed by Keith McMillan

Live performances

“Goodnight Tonight” has been played in 19 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Concert with Africa Express

Sep 08, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Granary Square


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon






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Peter Larter 1 months ago

He has played this in concert - 1979 and 2012


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 months ago

Thanks @peter - you're right, and there was a bug !! Now fixed. See above. Thanks a lot !