The Paul McCartney Project

It's Not On

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2015
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1983 (Paul McCartney was 41 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Mixing "It's Not On"

Feb 25, 1982

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Song facts

It’s Not On” is a demo recorded in 1982, and made available on the 2015 reissue of “Pipes Of Peace“.

The lyrics suggest a relationship with “Average Person“, another song from “Pipes Of Peace“; and one can imagine that Paul tried to expand the theme of “Average Person” even further on the album.

Arnie Pupe
is normal type
with an average job
But his prospects will never be great
While bosses underestimate his value

It’s Not On Lyrics

Look at the average person
Speak to the man in the street
Can you imagine the first one you’d meet?

Well, I’m talking to a former engine driver
Trying to find out what he used to do
Tells me that he always kept his engine 
Spit and polished up as good as new

Average Person lyrics

Last updated on December 25, 2019

Lyrics

Take your hand off my knee, young man.
Said the lady in green
I don't care to come in between you and your young woman
It's just not done

Couldn't we pass up?
Couldn't we fold?
Aren't certain stories best left untold?
Some things like buttons are best left undone
It's not on

Arnie Pupe
is normal type
with an average job
But his prospects will never be great
While bosses underestimate his value
Annie says

Irene E is his fiancee
And she'd hate to disagree
But the company she thinks is fair
Annie never does get anywhere

Take your feet off my desk, young man
Said the chauffeur in gray
My green woman has been to seen me
She's retreating from your advance

Wouldn't you join us?
When can you start up as a driver looking the part?
Hang on says Arnie
This just isn't done
It's not on, It's not on, It's not on
Hang on says Arnie
This just isn't done

Couldn't we pass up?
Couldn't we fold?
Aren't certain stories best left untold?
Some things like buttons are best left undone
It's not on, It's not on, It's not on
Some things like buttons are best left undone

It's not on

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

2:53 • DemoA

Performed by :
Paul McCartney
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Mixing:
Feb 02, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:03 • DemoA1 • Recording Session


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:40 • DemoA2 • Monitor Mix With Additional Voices


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:55 • DemoA • Final Version

Performed by :
Paul McCartney
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Mixing:
Feb 02, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Give Us That Knowing Wink - Official Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:56 • DemoA

Performed by :
Paul McCartney
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Mixing:
Feb 02, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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