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Los Paranoias

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 3 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1996
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Los Paranoias” is jam between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, recording during one of the sessions for The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) ; the song is credited to the four Beatles despite George Harrison not being present. It has been released on the Anthology 3 in 1996.

From Anthology 3 liner notes:

During a light-hearted recording session for I Will, Paul frequently slipped into “jamming” mode, sometimes at the behest of John and Ringo who were sitting close at hand providing the percussion that augmented his acoustic guitar track. On of the off-the-cuff pieces was Step Inside Love – written by Paul in 1967 expressly for Cilla Black to sing as the theme tune for her first TV series, Cilla, that began on the BBC on 30 January 1968. The Beatles never recorded a formal studio recording of the song, and this version, performed by the composer many months after Cilla’s recording, was simply an ad-lib re-acquaintance with the piece. Then, prompted by one of John’s comments, and preserving the frivolity of the moment, Paul led the other Beatles into a jam, Los Paranoias.

From The Beatles Bible:

After the song, McCartney can be heard mockingly announced the fictional group ‘Joe Prairies and the Prairie Wallflowers’. Lennon follows up the comment by saying ‘Los Paranoias’, perhaps in reference to Trio Los Paraguyas, who often appeared on BBC television shows in the 1950s and 60s.

With Lennon and Starr on percussion, McCartney then improvised Los Paranoias. The song lasted 3’48, but was faded out to last less than one minute when it appeared on Anthology 3.

The phrase ‘Los Paranoias’ was a running joke within The Beatles, and was nearly used in the lyrics of Sun King on the following year’s Abbey Road.

When we came to sing it, to make them different we started joking, saying ‘cuando para mucho’. We just made it up. Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, so we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something. And of course we got ‘chicka ferdi’ – that’s a Liverpool expression; it doesn’t mean anything, just like ‘ha ha ha’. One we missed: we could have had ‘para noia’, but we forgot all about it. We used to call ourselves Los Para Noias. – John Lennon, Anthology

Last updated on July 3, 2017

Lyrics

Joe Praries and the prarie walliflowers
Los Paranoias
Los paranoias invites you to (I can't make it)
To just enjoy us (I can't make it)
Come on you can do it baby
Come on and join los paranoias
Just enjoy us
Los paranoias
Oh! los paranoias
Come on and join us
Los paranoias
Come on enjoy us
Well! los paranoias
We're here to sing for you
And whenever you want us to
We will sing a little song for you
Los paranoias...

Officially appears on


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:31 • OuttakeA • Stereo • Medley with "Step Inside Love". [...] Then, prompted by one of John's comments, and preserving the frivolity of the moment, Paul led the other Beatles into a jam, Los Paranoias.

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Shaker
John Lennon:
Percussion
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 16, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Outtake • Studio jam

Bootlegs


White Album Sessions Volume 1

Unofficial album

3:54 • Studio version • I Will Take 35 () Stereo

Session Recording:
Sep 16, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Complete John Barrett Tapes

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

3:52 • Outtake

Session Recording:
Sep 16, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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