The Paul McCartney Project

I'll Give You A Ring

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Take It Away / I'll Give You A Ring 7" Single.
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Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1974 (Paul McCartney was 32 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "McGear" album

January - February 1974



Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

March 11, 1981 - March 1982

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Song facts

I’ll Give You a Ring” is a McCartney song released as the B-side of “Take It Away“, a 1982 single taken from the “Tug Of War” album.

It is believed that the song has been written around 1973 or 1974. A demo has been bootlegged on the so-called “Piano tape“. There is quite some controversy about the recording of this tape – have all songs been taped at the same date or not, mid-1973 or early 1974 ? What is sure is that “I’ll Give You a Ring” has been played by Paul McCartney when recording his TV documentary “One Hand Clapping” in August 1974, in a version quite close to the version on “Tug Of War”.

It is very likely that the backing track of the version released in 1982 has been recorded in 1974, maybe during the sessions for the album “McGear”. One hint of this is the presence of clarinet player Tony Coe on “I’ll Give You A Ring” as well as on “Leave It“, a song from “McGear“.

Early 1980, “I’ll Give You A Ring” was considered to be part of the “Cold Cuts” project.

Last updated on April 11, 2020

Lyrics

You look a little lonely
Maybe I could meet you
Tell me where to reach you
And I'll give you a ring

I'll take you to the pictures
I'll miss the second feature
Lord, I can't believe my eyes
I must be dreaming

Give me your number, I'll give you a ring

You look a little hungry
Maybe I could take you
Tell when to wake you up
And I'll give you a ring

I take you to the restaurant
We're looking at the menu
Lord, I can't believe my eyes
I must be dreaming

Give me your number, I'll give you a ring

Oh man
I know I won't be lonely any more
(Won't be lonely any more)
Me and my phone
I'm gonna call your home
I won't be lonely any more
(Won't be lonely any more)

You look a little lonely
Maybe I could meet you
Tell me where to reach you
And I'll give you a ring

I'll take you to the pictures
Miss the second feature
Lord, I can't believe my eyes
I must be dreaming

Give me your number, I'll give you a ring
Give me your number, I'll give you a ring

Oh man
I know I won't be lonely any more
(Won't be lonely any more)
Me and my phone
I'm gonna call your home
I won't be lonely any more
(Won't be lonely any more)

You look a little sleepy
Wanna go to bed, dear?
Tell me can wed, dear
I'll give you a ring

Take you to the chapel
Listen to the sermon
Lord, I can't believe my ears
I must be dreaming

Give me your number, I'll give you a ring
Give me your number, I'll give you a ring
Give me your number, I'll give you a ring

Officially appears on


Take It Away / I'll Give You A Ring

7" Single • Released in 1982

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Tony Coe :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
January - February 1974 ?
Studio :
Strawberry Studios South, Dorkins, Surrey ?

Session Recording:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Take It Away

12" Single • Released in 1982

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Tony Coe :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
January - February 1974 ?
Studio :
Strawberry Studios South, Dorkins, Surrey ?

Session Recording:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:07 • Studio versionA2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Tony Coe :
Clarinet
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
January - February 1974 ?
Studio :
Strawberry Studios South, Dorkins, Surrey ?

Session Recording:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


Learning To Fly

Unofficial live • Released in 2000

9:10 • Studio versionC • From "One Hand Clapping" - Medley with "Suicide","Let's Love","All Of You","Baby Face"

Session Recording:
Aug 28, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

3:18 • Studio versionB

Session Recording:
Circa 1974
Studio :
Unknown


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

2:00 • Studio version

Recording :
August 1974


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

3:04 • Studio version


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Tony Coe :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
January - February 1974 ?
Studio :
Strawberry Studios South, Dorkins, Surrey ?

Session Recording:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Barry Newton 3 years ago

I've read previously, that this tune dates back to the Venus & Mars sessions in 74 or earlier. That for the most part George Martin's main contributions to this record, Was to write the clarinet score & oversee the overdub session & mixdown .

I'd like to verify this info & similarly, there are quite a few obscure McCartney "B" sides & rarities where info is lacking. Just generally speaking.

I'd always thought of this tune as a charming throwaway with an obvious George Martin influence with Beatley sounding production, like much of TOW & Pipes To Peace. But if it was mostly done before Martin Even heard it, Then Sir George was less involved than I had believed. So which is it ?


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Hi Barry,
Thanks for your comment.

"I'll Give You A Ring" has indeed been written early 1974 - it's available in a demo form on The Piano Tape dated this period and was also played during One Hand Clapping.

Overdubs have been done in 1981 before release on the B-Side of "Take It Away"

Hope it clarifies!