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Hell To Pay

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the New (Collector's Edition) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2014

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Song facts

Hell To Pay” is an outtake from the recording sessions of NEW, officially released in October 2014 as part of the Collector’s Edition of NEW. On The Morton Report, Hell To Pay is described as:

[…] although a bit lyrically under-developed, it’s a melodically inventive rocker laced with orchestral strings. […]

Paul McCartney briefly explained what the song is about during the Twitter Q&A he held on October 30th 2014.

Last updated on May 26, 2019

Lyrics

First you take me to the limit then expect me to stop
You know I'm sick and tired of waiting for the penny to drop
You make a living out of making people think you give it all away
But you and I know very well
There's always gonna be a price to pay

But times are tough
And life is hard
You've got enough
And so you'll pardon me for saying

You've had it all your way
You've got to know some day
You'll have to share or there'll be hell to pay


There will be hell to pay
There will be hell to pay
There will be hell to pay
There's gonna be hell to pay

First you take me to the limit then expect me to stop
You know I'm sick and tired of waiting for the penny to drop
You make a living out of making people think you give it all away
But you and I know very well
There's always gonna be a price to pay

But times are tough
And life is hard
You've got enough
And so you'll pardon me for saying

You've had it all your way
You've got to know some day
You'll have to share or there'll be hell to pay

There will be hell to pay
There's gonna be hell to pay
There will be hell to pay
There's gonna be hell to pay
Yeah there will be hell to pay
There's gonna be hell to pay

There's gonna be
There's gonna be
There's gonna be hell to pay
There's gonna be
There's gonna be
Oh yeah there's gonna be hell to pay
Gonna be hell to pay
Oh yeah
There's gonna be hell to pay
There's gonna be hell to pay
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Officially appears on


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

4:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Moog, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards
Brian Ray:
Bass
Laura Melhuish:
Violin
Patrick Kiernan:
Violin
Nina Foster:
Violin
Peter Lale:
Viola
Rachel Robson:
Viola
Caroline Dale:
Cello
Katherine Jenkinson:
Cello
Chris Worsey:
Cello
Richard Pryce:
Double bass
Steve McManus:
Double bass
Giles Martin:
Producer
Cathy Thomson:
Violin
Matthew Taylor:
Bassoon
David Fuest:
Bass clarinet
Craig Wild:
Trumpet
John Barclay:
Trumpet

Recording:
2012-2013 ?
Studio:
Air Studios, Hog Hill Mill and Abbey Road Studios, London UK

Bootlegs


New - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Moog, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards
Brian Ray:
Bass
Laura Melhuish:
Violin
Patrick Kiernan:
Violin
Nina Foster:
Violin
Peter Lale:
Viola
Rachel Robson:
Viola
Caroline Dale:
Cello
Katherine Jenkinson:
Cello
Chris Worsey:
Cello
Richard Pryce:
Double bass
Steve McManus:
Double bass
Giles Martin:
Producer
Cathy Thomson:
Violin
Matthew Taylor:
Bassoon
David Fuest:
Bass clarinet
Craig Wild:
Trumpet
John Barclay:
Trumpet

Recording:
2012-2013 ?
Studio:
Air Studios, Hog Hill Mill and Abbey Road Studios, London UK

Videos

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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