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I Got Stung

Album This song officially appears on the Run Devil Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

I Got Stung” is an upbeat, bouncy rock and roll song written by Aaron Schroeder and David Hill and performed by Elvis Presley, which was recorded and released in 1958. Clocking in at under two minutes, it features some of Elvis’ most rapid-fire vocals alongside humorous and catchy lyrics, and was released as double A-side with “One Night“, reaching No. 1 in the UK. Presley recorded this, his final song of the 1950s, on June 11, 1958, when he went to Nashville during his army stint, as he was preparing to set sail for Germany. […]

Paul McCartney recorded it for his album Run Devil Run (1999). From the liner notes of “Run Devil Run“:

A 1959 No.1 single for Elvis. “It was not my favourite Elvis song, but I kept hearing “Holy smoke landsakes alive, I never though this would happen to me.” That intro kept grabbing me. I though I’ll do it a bit more raucous than Elvis.”

From an interview with Laura Gross (promotional interview for “Run Devil Run” in 1999):

Paul McCartney: I Got Stung. After Elvis got out of the army I Got Stung was one of the ones he did then. And I remember us not being too keen on it. But recently I just sort of remembered the opening. Holy smoke landsakes alive, I never thought this could happen to me. A-ha-ha. Doov, doov, doov, doov. I just loved that intro. So I thought, got to do it, you know. Just ’cause of that intro. So I take it down, got the words. I couldn’t get most of them off the record. I finally actually got a lyric sheet on that one. So I did it. And we just did more of a shouty version than Elvis’s version.

On January 31st 1969, The Beatles recorded “I Got Stung” during the Get Back Sessions.

Last updated on September 21, 2016

Lyrics

Holy smokes, land sakes alive
I never thought this would happen to me
Ah-ha, yeah, ah-ha, yeah

I got stung by a sweet honey bee
What a feelin' came over me
Well, it started in my eyes, crept up to my head
Flew into my arms, 'til I was stung dead

I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung
Ah-ha, yeah, ah-ha, yeah

She had all that I wanted and more
I've never seen honey bees before
Well, she started through my ears, buzzing in my brain
Got stung all over but I feel no pain

I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung

Well, don't think I'm complainin'
Because I'm might pleased that we met
'Cause you gimme just one little peck
On the back of my neck
And I break out in a cold cold sweat

If I live to a hundred and two
I won't let nobody sting me but you
I'll be buzzin' 'round your hive
Every day at five
And I'm never gonna leave once I arrive

I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung
I got stung, yeah, I got stung, yeah

Well, don't think I'm complainin'
Cause I'm might pleased that we met
'Cause you gimme just one little peck
On the back of my neck
And I break out in a cold cold sweat

If I live to a hundred and two
I won't let nobody sting me but you
I'll be buzzin' 'round your hive
Every day at five
And I'm never gonna leave once I arrive

I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung, yeah
I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung, yeah
Because I'm done, ah-ha, I got stung

Hey, ah-ha, yeah, ah-ha, yeah, ah-ha, yeah
I got stung, yeah, I got stung, yeah
I got stung, yeah, I got stung, yeah
Yeah , yeah , yeah , yeah , yeah , yeah

I got stung, yeah, I got stung, stung, stung yeah, yeah
I got stung, stung, stung, stung, yeah, yeah
I got, yeah, yeah

Officially appears on


Run Devil Run

Official album • Released in 1999

2:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums
Pete Wingfield :
Piano
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 31th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:58 • Rehearsal • Jan.31 - D1-17 - I Got Stung 31.16

Session Recording:
Jan 31, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums
Pete Wingfield :
Piano
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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