The Paul McCartney Project

Loveliest Thing

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Figure of Eight CD Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

Song facts

Loveliest Thing” is love song written by McCartney, recorded in 1986, and finally released in 1989 as the B-Side of the “Figure Of Eight” CD single.

While promoting “Press To Play”  in New York City in August 1986, Paul went into the studio with producer Phil Ramone (who previously worked with Paul the previous year on the “Spies Like Us” single). Phil Ramone was at this time producing Billy Joel ; and as a result, Billy Joel’s band played on the two songs worked on during those sessions – “Beautiful Night” and “Loveliest Thing“.

Beyond those initial sessions, there are conflicting views on how “Loveliest Thing” took its final form for its 1989 release:

  • On the “Pizza & Fairytales” bootleg by Vigotone, the liner notes mention some overdubs being done in June 1987 (still with Phil Ramone).
  • On the book “Paul McCartney – Recording sessions (1969-2013)” by Luca Perasi, overdubs sessions are placed in June-July 1988 (at Hog Hill Studio)
  • Finally, on “Flowers In The Dirt” re-released in 2017, no overdubs are mentioned ; with final mix placed in August 1986, following a day of recording.

Last updated on March 29, 2017

Lyrics

To me you are the loveliest thing I've seen all day
You can't take that away
No, you can't take that away
All my life, I wondered why it couldn't be this way
That was up until today
Oh it had to be this way

Today, wait until the morning comes
Before you slip away
Without permission
Without suspicion
Without permission given

You seem to have a friendlier smile than all the rest
Well I looked and you were best
Yeah i've looked at all the rest
You can't imagine passionate words that I would say
If only you would stay
Oh you know you gotta stay

Today, wait until the morning comes
Before you slip away
Without permission
Without suspicion
Without permission given

You used to be and early bird
But how was I to know you would leave without shedding a tear
I only want to love you
I'll make a wish and suddenly I'm glad that I have you here
Oh I'm glad I have you here
Today

To me you are the loveliest thing I've seen all day
And you can't take that away
No, you can't take that away
All my life, I wondered why it couldn't be this way
That was up until today
Yeah, it had to be this way

Today, wait until the morning comes
Before you slip away, today
Before you slip away
Without permission
Without suspicion
Without permission given to you, ah

Officially appears on


Figure of Eight

CD Single • Released in 1989

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

4:02 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Bootlegs


Pizza & Fairytales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:00 • Studio versionA1 • Slight differences with final mix

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:01 • Studio versionA1 • Slight differences with final mix

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


UK Singles Collection - Volume 04

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone:
Producer
Neil Jason:
Bass
David Brown:
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto:
Drums
David Lebolt:
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell:
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Session Mixing:
Aug 22, 1986
Studio:
The Power Station, New York, USA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Angela K Armstrong 5 months ago

I’ve been listening to Paul’s love songs for !inda lately. I’ve been weeping to Somedays, I owe it all to you and the song India, really touched me. India is full of Paul’s expression of loss for his lovely Linda, his long haired lady. I feel so much his deep sorrow. I wish I could move on like Paul himself has. I love you Paul and Linda.


The PaulMcCartney Project 5 months ago

Thanks for your comment Angela. "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Loveliest Thing" are surely my favored Paul's love songs for Linda !


Angela K Armstrong 5 months ago

I’ve been considering this today. God blessed Paul Mcartney with the ability to affect people’s lives with positive songwriting, and help all people enjoy and be healed with his music. In return he gave Paul, Linda as a gift to make him happy and loved. He and his family are blessed and giving all of us happiness.