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Mistress And Maid

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Mistress And Maid” is a track from 1993 album “Off The Ground“, co-written with Elvis Costello. A fifteen-piece orchestra was used to enhance the song, conducted by Carl Davis, who previously collaborated with Paul McCartney on the Liverpool Oratorio.

That one’s a little complicated. Paul and Carl Davis took tapes of my guitar and Robbie’s guitar and wrote horn arrangements around the lines we were playing — and it really works because it’s a matter of embellishing what’s already there.

Hamish Stuart – From the “New World Tour” tour book

This was really reversing our relationship, because Paul had a very clear idea of what he wanted, the song was already written and recorded. For me, it was simply a job. He said to me, ‘I would like to have this brass ensemble and I’ll tell you exactly what I want it to be’. He came not to me as a composer.

Carl Davis – Exclusive interview from Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013)

Mistress And Maid” was performed live only once in March 1995, by Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, both on acoustic guitars.

Last updated on June 15, 2019

Lyrics

She said
Come in my dear,
You're looking tired tonight.
Your bath is drawn, let me loosen your tie
And fix you your usual drink.

He settles back,
Takes a magazine,
Kicks off his shoes, as he studies the form
Of every appealing soubrette.
But where are the flowers that he used to bring?
Every endearing remark
Reminds her of passionate promises,
That he only made in the dark.

In her bed,
She wants to shout at the back of his head
Look at me, look at me, look at me I'm afraid
See what it's come to,
I'm just your mistress and maid.

The wine is warm
But the dinner is cold.
The look in his eye tells her it won't be long
'Till the girls on the page come to life.
And they'll get the flowers that he used to bring
With every endearing remark,
And all of the passionate promises
He'll never fulfill in the dark.

In their bed,
She wants to shout at the back of his head
Look at me, look at me, now that I'm not afraid.
See what it's come to,
I'm not your mistress and maid.

See what it's come to,
I'm not your mistress and maid.

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

2:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Gordon Hunt:
Oboe
Susan Milan:
Flute
Frank Lloyd:
Horn
Colin Sheen:
Trombone
Paul Stringsbald:
Trumpet
Richard Martin:
Trumpet
Stephen Wick:
Tuba
Belinda Bunt:
Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones:
Violin
Roger Garland:
Violin
Roy Gillard:
Violin
David Juritz:
Violin
Pauline Lowbury:
Violin
Brendan O'Reilly:
Violin
Maciej Rakowski:
Violin
Carl Davis:
Arrangement, Orchestra conductor

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
The Hit Factory - Whitfield Street Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer
Gordon Hunt:
Oboe
Susan Milan:
Flute
Frank Lloyd:
Horn
Colin Sheen:
Trombone
Paul Stringsbald:
Trumpet
Richard Martin:
Trumpet
Stephen Wick:
Tuba
Belinda Bunt:
Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones:
Violin
Roger Garland:
Violin
Roy Gillard:
Violin
David Juritz:
Violin
Pauline Lowbury:
Violin
Brendan O'Reilly:
Violin
Maciej Rakowski:
Violin
Carl Davis:
Arrangement, Orchestra conductor

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
The Hit Factory - Whitfield Street Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:28 • DemoB


Flowers In The Dirt - The cassette demos

Cassette • Released in 2017

DemoB

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

2:46 • Studio version



The McCartney - MacManus Collaboration

Unofficial album • Released in 1998

3:02 • Live


Collaborators

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:19 • Demo • Elvis Costello demo



Videos

Album • Off The Ground

Live performances

“Mistress And Maid” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Mistress And Maid” has been played


An Evening With Paul McCartney & Friends - Royal College Of Music Benefit

Mar 23, 1995 • United Kingdom • London • St. James' Palace


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