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Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five

Album This song officially appears on the Band On The Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” (sometimes written as “1985”) is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. It has been featured on the 2001 documentary DVD Wingspan and Paul McCartney & Wings’ 1974 TV special One Hand Clapping.

Lyrics and music

Paul McCartney, the writer of “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five“, has said that the song originated with just the first line.

“With a lot of songs I do, the first line is it. It’s all in the first line, and then you have to go on and write the second line. With ‘Eleanor Rigby’ I had ‘picks up the rice in the church where the wedding has been.’ that was the one big line that started me off on it. With this one it was ‘No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty-five. That’s all I had of that song for months. No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty… six?’ It wouldn’t have worked!”— Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney In His Own Words

This tune is the climactic track from the album Band on the Run. It continues the album’s theme of escape by describing the singer achieving artistic freedom through love. Author Andrew Grant Jackson calls the lyrics “gibberish” and mere placeholders for the excitement and “cinematic purpose” of the music.”

The song has a grandiose ending with a full orchestra and the band. Other instrumentation includes mellotron, organ and horns. On the album Band on the Run, it ends the album with an excerpt of the opening song. This song is featured on several episodes of Trigger Happy TV. In its early life, it was simply titled “Piano Thing“.

Live performances

McCartney performed the song live for the first time ever during his 2010–11 Up and Coming Tour. He played the song live again during his 2011–12 On the Run Tour, his 2013–15 Out There Tour, his 2016 One on One tour and at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.

In 2016, a series of remixes of “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” by Timo Maas and James Teej (with Paul McCartney’s blessing) have been released on vinyl.

Last updated on October 31, 2016

Lyrics

Oh no one ever left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won't get mine
‘Cos I got you

Oh I Oh I

Well I just can't enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind

INTERLUDE

Oh my mama said the time would come when I
would find myself in love with you
I didn't think
I never dreamed
That I would be around to see it all come true

Woh I Oh I

Well I just can't enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind.

INTERLUDE

Oh no one ever left alive in 1985 . . .

FINALE

Officially appears on


Band On The Run

Official album • Released in 1973

5:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

5:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (DTS 5.1)

Official album • Released in 1996

5:31 • DTS mixC

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (25th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 1999

5:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

5:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

6:00 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 30, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

12" Single • Released in 2016

Studio version • Remix


Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

12" Single • Released in 2016

Studio version • Club Mix


Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 5

Unofficial album

5:31 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

5:28 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

6:17 • Studio version

Recording:
August 1974




Live performances

“Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five” has been played in 273 concerts and 6 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five” has been played




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Copenhagen • Royal Arena

Nov 30, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




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