The Paul McCartney Project

I've Only Got Two Hands

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005

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Song facts

From an interview of Paul by Gary Crowley (2005 UK promotional only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London ; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1):

So,  Anyway wasn’t actually the very last track. There’s a hidden 3 part instrumental that ends the album…

We’d done a lot of the album.  We were almost finished and we just thought, you know, ‘How about opening the album with just something for nothing, not like a song?  Let’s just open it with like a little jam thing, a noise, just something to get your attention, then we’ll go into the first song,’ so we said, ‘O.K. great,’ and I always like that where you sort of throw away the rule book and you go, ‘O.K. let’s just do something completely different’.  It’s not a song, it’s not a thing, you just go and play a bit and Nigel said, ‘Why don’t you just have a couple of ideas, songs, and we’ll make them.  They don’t need to be long.  We’ll just see which one works,’ so he said, ‘Just  go and do two things.  While you’re doing one, do two,’ so I thought, ‘O.K. I’ll do three just to show him,’ so I came out here.  The piano was set up here and just sort of started doing the first little vibe, second little vibe and I said, ‘O.K. I’ve got a couple of ideas here,’ so he said, ‘That’ll do,’ so we recorded the piano bit first’.  (Sings) just really nothing, just in your face, sticking your tongue out and erm, we were joking.  It was like as if the grown-ups had gone away, you know, they’d left us the studios, so ‘O.K. come on, then,’ and I just got on the drumkit, just thrashed that out and we recorded in the space of like about ten minutes, well, maybe an hour, but we just did all three of them and in the end instead of choosing one of them for the beginning we stuck three of them all together and put them at the end.

Last updated on December 3, 2014

Officially appears on

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

3:12 • Studio versionA • 20 seconds of silence after Anyway, there is this hidden track

Nigel Godrich:

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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