Mama's Little Girl

Album This song officially appears on the Put It There / Mama's Little Girl 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1990

Song facts

Mama’s Little Girl – basic track recorded in March-April 1972, in Olympic Studios in Barnes, during the Red Rose Speedway sessions, produced by Glyn Johns. Some tambourine was added in 1980 and more overdubs (percussion and clarinet) were added in 1986. The October 1987 remix by Bill Price was released in February 1990 on the ‘Put It There’ single.

From Wikipedia:

Mama’s Little Girl” is a song by Paul McCartney that was taped in March 1972 during the Red Rose Speedway recording sessions.

Recording and performance

McCartney recorded the song when he was in the then-band Wings, in March 1972 during sessions for the Red Rose Speedway album.

The final mix was made in 1987 at Air Studios in London by McCartney, co-producer Chris Thomas and engineer Bill Price.

McCartney performed “Mama’s Little Girl” as part of a medley during the 1973 James Paul McCartney television special, but the song was not broadcast.

Release

“Mama’s Little Girl” was intended to be included on Cold Cuts, an album of outtakes which McCartney had worked several times over the years but never released.

“Mama’s Little Girl” was officially issued :

Track listings

This song was released as a 7″ single, a 12″ maxi-single, and a CD single.

References

Inspired by Paul and Linda’s two young daughters ?

Lyrics

Looking like a rag doll
Mama's little girl
Singing like a skylark
Mama's little girl

Better give me some time for this heart of mine
'Cause I just can't take it all in
Still I will remember
Mama's little girl

Ooh, mama's little girl, little girl
Mama's little girl

Looking like a rosebud
Mama's little girl
Pickin' up a mountain
Mama's little girl

Better give me some time for this heart of mine
Cause I just can't take it all in
Still we will remember
Mama's little girl

Ooh, mama's little girl, little girl
Mama's little girl

Looking like a rag doll
Singing like a skylark
Blooming like a rosebud
Pickin' up a mountain
Mama's little girl, mama's little girl

Better give me some time for this heart of mine
'Cause I just can't take it all in
Still I will remember
Mama's little girl

Still we will remember
Mama's little girl
Still we will remember
Mama's little girl

Ooh, mama's little girl, little girl
Mama's little girl

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Put It There / Mama's Little Girl

7" Single • Released in 1990

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Put It There

CD Single • Released in 1990

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:41 • Studio versionA1993 • Stereo • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

3:45 • Studio versionB

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny SeiwellHugh McCracken
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Nick Webb :
Assistant mixing engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Dec 13, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Family

EP • Released in 2020

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

3:41 • Studio versionA2022 • 2022 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
African percussion
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Say Hello to Paul McCartney

Streaming • Released in 2023

Studio version

Bootlegs


The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 1: The Original Acetate

Unofficial album

3:48 • Studio version



Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:43 • Alternate take


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:42 • Alternate take


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:43 • Alternate take


Latest concerts where Mama's Little Girl has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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