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If I Were Not Upon The Stage

Album This song officially appears on the Tripping The Live Fantastic Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1990

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Song facts

If I Were Not Upon The Stage” is a very short vaudeville song appearing on 1990 “Tripping the Live Fantastic” live album, and credited to “Sutton/Turner/Bowsher”. It’s however difficult to find any references to those authors or song. In an interesting thread of Straight Dope Message Board, we can read:

I think I’ve found it.

The ASCAP database identifies a song by Stan Bowsher, William A T Phillips, and Thomas P Sutton called “Someone Else I’d Like To Be”.

While I haven’t found lyrics, the couple of references I’ve found online seem to suggest that it’s the same piece, and it is credited to “Sutton/Bowsher/Turner” (I suspect that the “T” listed by ASCAP is that of Turner) in this album listing (http://www.acrobatmusic.net/?cid=5&AlbumId=460).

I hope that this helps.

Last updated on June 30, 2017

Lyrics

If I were not upon the stage,
If I were not upon the stage.

"Hey! hey! no! no!
hey! no! hey! no! no!
That's...that's not the one I meant, no! no!
No, we don't do that one!
What I meant to say, what I meant to say..."

Officially appears on


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

0:36 • LiveA • Booklet has incorrect date of 26 September 1989

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Cincinnati, USA on Feb 12, 1990

Bootlegs


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

0:24 • Soundcheck


Oobu Joobu Part 11

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

0:24 • Radio show


Back To The Big Egg

Unofficial live • Released in 2005

0:35 • Live

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Mar 07, 1990


Tripping The Live Fantastic - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

0:36 • LiveA

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Cincinnati, USA on Feb 12, 1990


Off The Grounds Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:33 • Studio version • video shoot


Live performances

“If I Were Not Upon The Stage” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “If I Were Not Upon The Stage” has been played


"Up Close" taping

Dec 11, 1992 • USA • New York City • The Ed Sullivan Theatre • TV show


Silver Clef Award Winners Charity Concert

Jun 30, 1990 • United Kingdom • Stevenage • Knebworth Park


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