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Maybe I'm Amazed

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Maybe I’m Amazed” is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles.

A live performance by McCartney’s later band Wings from the live album Wings over America, a recording of the the band’s 1975-1976 Wings Over the World tour, was released as a single. It became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 26 in the United Kingdom. The original studio version from McCartney has never been released as a single.

History

McCartney wrote the song in 1969, just before the Beatles’ break-up. He credited his wife Linda with helping him get through the difficult time. Although most of his debut solo album was recorded at his farm in Scotland, McCartney recorded “Maybe I’m Amazed” entirely in EMI’s Number Two studio in Abbey Road in London, where he was mixing “Every Night“. He played all the instruments: guitars, bass, piano, organ and drums. Although McCartney declined to release the song as a single in 1970, it nonetheless received a great deal of radio airplay worldwide, making it one of his most recognisable solo successes. A promotional film was made, comprising still photographs of McCartney, his wife Linda and stepdaughter Heather, which first aired in the UK on 19 April 1970 on ITV in its own slot, and as a part of an episode CBS Television’s The Ed Sullivan Show.

The original studio version of the song finished with a fade instead of a full ending, but McCartney later composed an ending that can be heard on the live versions of the song. McCartney first performed this live with Wings, in Châteauvallon, France, on 9 July 1972. During his guest appearance in The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Vegetarian“, McCartney says to Lisa and Apu “If you play Maybe I’m Amazed backwards, you’ll find a recipe for a ripping lentil soup“, which can be heard in the background when the song is played during the closing credits to the episode.

Later release

A live recording from the 1976 album Wings over America was released as a single by McCartney’s band Wings on 4 February 1977 and reached number 10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts, and number 28 in the UK. Versions of the song can be heard on several other live McCartney albums including Back in the U.S. and Back in the World. “Maybe I’m Amazed” has become a centrepiece of McCartney’s concerts, along with “Band on the Run” and “Live and Let Die“, live versions of the song are available on the 2011 reissue of McCartney.

Aftermath

Regarded as one of McCartney’s finest love songs, it achieved the number 347 position in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list. In a late 2009 Q&A with journalists held in London to promote his live album Good Evening New York City, McCartney said “Maybe I’m Amazed” was “the song he would like to be remembered for in the future“.

Covers

[…] Dave Grohl and Norah Jones together performed a version of the song during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies as a tribute to 2010 honoree Paul McCartney who was seated in the President’s Box alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and fellow 2010 honoree Oprah Winfrey.

[…] On the 27 May 2011 the official Paul McCartney YouTube channel held a “Maybe I’m Amazed Cover Competition” where users would submit video responses of themselves covering the song, the winner being the user whose video gained the most ‘likes’. On 28 June 2011, YouTube user “Troubleclef” was named winner of the contest.

 

‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ taken from the concert film ‘Rockshow’:

Regarded as one of McCartney’s finest love songs, it achieved the number 338 position in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list. In a late 2009 Q&A with journalists held in London to promote his live album Good Evening New York City, McCartney said “Maybe I’m Amazed” was “the song he would like to be remembered for in the future“.

Last updated on January 24, 2015

Lyrics

Baby I'm amazed at the way you love me
all the time.
and maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you pulled me
out of time, and hung me on a line, and maybe
I'm amazed at the way I really need you.

Middle
Baby, I'm a man, maybe I'm a lonely man
whose in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Baby I'm a man maybe you're the only woman
who could ever help me,
Baby, won't you help me to understand.

Maybe I'm amazed at the way you're with me
all the time,
and maybe I'm afraid of the way I leave you,
maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me
sing my song,
right me when I'm wrong,
and maybe I'm amazed at the way I really
need you.

Middle
Baby I'm a man, (REPEAT)…

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

5:20 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Bass guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 29, 1976


Maybe I'm Amazed / Soily

7" Single • Released in 1977

5:11 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Bass guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 29, 1976


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

4:42 • LiveL2

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Nov 08, 1989


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

2:04 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Steve Rooke:
Mastering
Krista Bennion Feeney:
First violin
Anca Nicolau:
Second violin
Joanna Hood:
Viola
Myron Lutzke:
Cello
Loma Mar Quartet:
Arranger
Performed by:
Loma Mar Quartet
John Fraser:
Producer
Roberto Pansera:
Arranger
Arne Akselberg:
Balance engineer
Paul Baily:
Editor
Caroline Haigh:
Editor

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:53 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

4:49 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Apr 17, 2002


Back In The World

Official live • Released in 2003

4:47 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Apr 17, 2002


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

6:12 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:53 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


Videos

Live performances

“Maybe I'm Amazed” has been played in 509 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Maybe I'm Amazed” has been played


Glasgow • SSE Hydro

Dec 14, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Liverpool • Echo Arena

Dec 12, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour



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