Maybe I'm Amazed

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney LP.
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)

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.


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, from the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Sometimes we’re a bit daft here. We have a bit of a funky organisation, you know, which isn’t that clued into picking tracks off albums. At the time we thought “Maybe I’m Amazed” was a good track and maybe we should do that as a single, which it probably should have been. But we never did.

Paul McCartney – Interview with Paul Gambaccini, 1970s

“Maybe I’m Amazed” was a big hit and a beautiful song that could likely be covered again and again over the next 50 years.

[Pensive] I wonder. It was for Linda and was about her. It was to try and get a little deeper into a love song: “Maybe I’m amazed the way you hang me on a line, pulled me out of time.” The sort of stuff that you don’t say to a girl except in a song. I think a lot of people relate to it. It’s a quirky song, but people know what it means — it’s the “maybe” I’m amazed.

A straight love song would say, “I’m amazed at the way you love me.” That would be the Sinatra thing, and it would be called, “I’m Amazed.” But the “maybe” is like a guy not quite wanting to admit it.

Paul McCartney – Interview with Billboard Magazine, March 16, 2001

Perhaps my favourite was ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ because Paul was doing all these crazy freestyle drumming noises using his voice – basically Beat boxing years before it had been invented! There’s some of this in the ‘Maybe’ remix on Twin Freaks and scattered throughout some of the other tracks

DJ Hellraiser – about his remix of “Maybe I’m Amazed”, from the Twin Freaks album, 2005

I didn’t think it was going to be an album. It was just me recording for the sake of it. Then I started trying to put a few songs in it, alongside the instrumentals. I got things like ‘Every Night’, and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, so it started to have validity as a collection.

Paul McCartney – From “Conversations with McCartney” by Paul du Noyer, 2016

This is supposedly Liza Minelli’s favourite of my songs. I expected her to go for something a bit more ballady. But she really likes this one. It dates from the time, the end of the 1960s, when Linda and I were first living together. […] Through the song was written immediately after The Beatles’ breakup, it was somehow included under the Lennon-McCartney rubric, where it doesn’t belong. It was one of my first solo songs, but because of the deal, it got caught in the publishing net. That was very annoying.

Actually, Linda and I were probably already married, because I can now visualise sitting at the lovely black Steinway piano that we got after our wedding. I was playing on it one day, and this song came to me – the central idea being that there’s so often a split between the inner and outer. […]

In any event, this song isn’t the conventional way of presenting a relationship, or of some of the contradictions that can arise from being in love. That’s maybe why Lizza Minnelli likes it so much. It shows the fragility of love.

Paul McCartney – From “THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present“, 2021


I can now visualise sitting at the lovely black Steinway piano that we got after our wedding. I was playing on it one day, and this song came to me” – From Paul McCartney on Twitter: At home in London, April 1969. Photo by Linda McCartney from the ‘McCartney’ LP artwork
From the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Last updated on April 14, 2022

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

LP • Released in 1970

3:54 • Studio versionA • Stereo

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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


One Hand Clapping (2 LP edition)

LP • Released in 1974

4:52 • Studio versionF • The same take as issued on McCartney archive edition but remixed by Giles.

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Mellotron
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 26, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


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


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

CD • Released in 1992

3:54 • Studio versionA1992 • Stereo • 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Bootlegs


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:54 • Studio versionA1 • Stereo • "Instrumental version, probably created from tracks available at Paul McCartney’s New Rude Studio in 2012"

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer

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


McCartney - Alternate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

3:54 • Studio versionD • Stereo • Piano version. Unknown details about this unique rough mix.

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald :
Recording engineer

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





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