The Paul McCartney Project

Move Over Busker

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986

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Song facts

Move Over Busker” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“.

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

That’s got a good American rock ‘n roll feel to it.. .There’s a bit of harmless sexism in it: that strong British tradition, you know, of seaside postcards. Nell Gwynne, well you know the archetypal image of her, with her oranges and all! Then there’s Mae West ‘in her sweaty vest’ – that’s an old Beatle joke: ‘And here’s Miranda in her little sweaty vest’.” Paul’s percussion helps drive the track along and Kate and Ruby are singing again.

Last updated on June 16, 2019

Lyrics

Well, the rest of my life lay in front of me,
I was pedaling down the road,
When I saw Nell Gwynne and her oranges,
And I said I'll have one of those.
She said…Move over busker, don't bang your drum
Move over busker, your time will come.

Well, I was hanging around for a miracle,
Struggling with a rhyme,
When I saw Mae West in a sweaty vest,
And I said I'll come up and see you sometime.
She said… Move over busker, that's not my style,
Your chance is coming, in a little while.

You've got it coming, come on come on.
You've got it coming, coming to you.
You've got it coming, come on come on.
You've got it coming, coming to you.

Well, I've been waiting, but I'm impatient
No-one can hold me back, I want to stay with the action.
But I won't get it, my great illusion
Will vanish anyhow if I don't grab it now.

Whoa!
Oo-wee, babe!
A belly dancer!

Well, I was hacking my way through the undergrowth,
Juggling with my pride,
When I saw Errol Flynn in a tiger skin,
And I said, "You look satisfied!"
Uh, well, he looked down at me from his motor home,
And he gave me a dirty smile.
He said,
"Well, yes, I am, but she's calling me,
Would you excuse us for a while?"

Yeah, move over, busker, your day is done,
Move over, busker, my time has come.

I'm telling you to
Move over, busker, (come on, come on)
I'll bang my drum. (come on, come on)
Move over, busker, my time has come.
(you've got it coming, coming to you)

Ooh, move over, busker, (come on, come on)
Yeah, your day, your day is done. (come on, come)
Move over, busker, my time has come.
(you've got it coming, coming to you)

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

4:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

4:04 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:10 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:07 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Carlos Alomar:
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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