The Paul McCartney Project

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

Written by Fred E. AhlertJoe Young

Album This song officially appears on the Kisses On the Bottom Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Related interviews


Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era

Mar 29, 2012 • From NPR Music

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Song facts

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” is a 1935 popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Joe Young. It has been recorded many times (by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Sarah Vaughan, Don Cherry, Bill Halley…), and has become a standard of the Great American Songbook. It was popularized by Fats Waller, who recorded it in 1935 at the height of his fame. Paul McCartney covered it on his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom“, and chose one of its lines to name the album:

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I’m gonna write words oh so sweet
They’re gonna knock me off my feet
A lotta kisses on the bottom
I’ll be glad I got ‘em

Last updated on November 11, 2020

Lyrics

I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I'm gonna write words oh so sweet
They're gonna knock me off my feet
A lotta kisses on the bottom
I'll be glad I got ‘em

I'm gonna smile and say
I hope you're feeling better
And close with love the way you do
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you

~SOLO~

I'm gonna smile and say
I hope you're feeling better
And close with love the way you do
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe, ah
I'm gonna make believe
I'm gonna make believe, it came from you

Variations


A Cover from "Kisses On The Bottom"

A1 Rough mix, with alternate intro

L1 Live from Capitol Studios

Officially appears on


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

2:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Fernando Lodeiro :
Assistant engineer
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Fernando Lodeiro :
Assistant engineer
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:44 • LiveL1 • Live From Capitol Studios

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Background vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
John Clayton :
Bass
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Concert From "Live From Capitol Studios" in Los Angeles, USA on Feb 09, 2012


Kisses On the Bottom (Deluxe version)

Official album • Released in 2012

2:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Fernando Lodeiro :
Assistant engineer
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


iTunes Live from Capitol Studios

Official live • Released in 2012

2:42 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Background vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
John Clayton :
Bass
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Concert From "Live From Capitol Studios" in Los Angeles, USA on Feb 09, 2012

Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:34 • Rough mixA1 • Alternate intro


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Fernando Lodeiro :
Assistant engineer
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
May 2011 ?
Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York, USA


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:42 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Background vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
John Clayton :
Bass
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Concert From "Live From Capitol Studios" in Los Angeles, USA on Feb 09, 2012

Live performances

“I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter has been played


MusiCares Person of the Year

Feb 10, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Staples Center


Live From Capitol Studios

Feb 09, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Capitol Records Building


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