The Paul McCartney Project

I Got Up

Album This song officially appears on the Wide Prairie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1998
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

During the Paris sessions in 1973 we recorded a backing track of one of Linda’s ideas. The song was completed many years later and the vocal finally added in 1998. Its gutsy feel is typical of her unwillingness to put up with other people’s bullshit. She hated words like “should” and “compromise”. For her, freedom to do what you want was a basic right.

Last updated on November 5, 2016

Lyrics

Once I got fed up when you told me what to do
But still I did it, to myself I was untrue
But now I'm stronger, I can see a better way.
You better listen hard to what I have to say.
I've done it, I've won it, not running away
I got up, I got up, I got up
And I ain't going down again
I got up, I got up, I got up
And I ain't going down again
My friends have told me I was going down fast
They try to tell me not to live in the past
Now I can laugh because I know they were right
You dirty dog, your bark was worse than your bite
I've done it, I won it and here's what I say
I got up, I got up, I got up
And I ain't going down again, Yeah
It's good to know that I can set myself free
Anytime I want to I can be the real me
But now I'm telling you whatever I do
One thing is certain it will be without you
I've done it, I've won it, so be on your way
I got up, I got up, I got up
And I ain't going down again
You better believe it
I got up baby and I ain't going down
No matter what you say or do
Be on your way
Get out of here
Goodbye you dirty, dirty dog
Woof Woof

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

3:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Organ, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Davey Lutton:
Drums

Session Recording:
November 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Mar 20, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 09, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


The Light Comes From Within / I Got Up / Seaside Woman

CD Single • Released in 1999

3:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Organ, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Davey Lutton:
Drums

Session Recording:
November 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Mar 20, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 09, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Wide Prairie (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

3:22 • Studio versionA2019 • 2019 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Organ, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Davey Lutton:
Drums
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
November 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Mar 20, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 09, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:33 • Studio versionB • Early Version, Backing Track

Session Recording:
November 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France


Band On The Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Organ, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Davey Lutton:
Drums

Session Recording:
November 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Mar 20, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jul 09, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Videos

Album • Wide Prairie

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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[…] I Got Up showed Linda’s strong opposition to oppression, then The Light took it a few steps further. […]