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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
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1970 (Paul McCartney was 28 years old)

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Song facts

I wrote Maybe I’m Amazed in my early days with Linda. I was sitting in London, playing my piano, and the song kind of wrote itself – reflecting my feelings towards her. It’s remained a favourite of mine.

Paul McCartney, Wingspan, 2002

Maybe I’m Amazed” is a track from Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, “McCartney“, released in April 1970. From Wikipedia:

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 home in London, McCartney recorded “Maybe I’m Amazed” entirely in EMI’s Number Two studio in Abbey Road, on the same day as he recorded “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. A promotional film was made, comprising still photographs of McCartney, his wife Linda, stepdaughter Heather, and daughter Mary, which first aired in the UK on 19 April 1970 on ITV in its own slot, and as a part of an episode of 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. He first performed this live with Wings, in Châteauvallon, France, on 9 July 1972.

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“.

In a review for the McCartney album on release, Langdon Winner of Rolling Stone described “Maybe I’m Amazed“, as “a very powerful song“, that states “one of the main sub-themes of the record, that the terrible burden of loneliness can be dispelled by love.” Winner continued to describe the track as “the only song on the album that even comes close to McCartney’s best efforts of the past. It succeeds marvelously.” In a retrospective review for McCartney, Record Collector has highlighted “Maybe I’m Amazed“, along with “Every Night” and “Junk“, as songs that “still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man’s natural genius with a melody“. Joe Tangari of Pitchfork similarly evaluated “Maybe I’m Amazed“, along with “Junk” and “Singalong Junk“, as the “peaks” of McCartney.

Live version

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.

From the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Written in London, at the piano, with the second verse added slightly later, as if you cared.

Recorded at EMI, No. 2 Studio. First
1 piano.
2 vocal.
3 drums.
4 bass.
5 and vocal backing.
6 and vocal backing.
7 solo guitar.
8 backing guitars.

Linda and I are the vocal backing group. Mixed at EMI. A movie was made, using Linda’s slides and edited to this track.

Paul McCartney

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

Last updated on June 8, 2020

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 :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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

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

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


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

12" Single • Released in 1976

3:53 • LiveL1.2 • Mono • Short version

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

12" Single • Released in 1976

5:22 • LiveL1.3 • Mono • Album version

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

12" Single • Released in 1976

3:53 • LiveL1.1 • Stereo • Short version

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

12" Single • Released in 1976

5:22 • LiveL1 • Stereo • Album version

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


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1992

3:54 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

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

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

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:54 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

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

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

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

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Videos

Live performances

“Maybe I'm Amazed” has been played in 531 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

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