The Paul McCartney Project

No Values

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Give My Regards To Broad Street Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1984
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

There are not many incidents in the film that I have actually dreamed myself, but this song I really did dream about. I was on holiday and just as I was waking up I was in a dream and I was watching the Rolling Stones.

They were all there, Bill, Charlie, Keith and all the lads; and Mick was up there singing, “No values, seems to me that you’ve still got no values…” I couldn’t quite hear all the lyrics but I heard all the chorus and I woke up and thought I really like that song that they do. Then I thought, Hey, wait a minute – there is no song called “No Values”. They don’t do that song. My brain had just created it, or however it happens.

So I thought well, there it is, I’ve got this new song called “No Values”, and I checked that the Stones really hadn’t done it, and just set about writing it.

I haven’t told Mick Jagger – he’d probably claim the copyright!

Paul McCartney – From the “Give My Regards To Broad Street” book, Pavilion Books, 1984

Last updated on December 26, 2019

Lyrics

I hear them telling me that you're selling off the furniture
And even keep my personalised autographs
You might as well go all the way and sell your granny to the zoo.

And while you're at it, may I go to my psychiatrist ?
He's making money out of making me laugh
But I don't mind, I wish that I could say the same about you

It seems to me that you've still got no values,
Oh you know you're not so hot, no values
You know you've got a lot, but no values
And I'll be glad if you went away again
No values…No values…No values at all

The city shark is at the dark end of the alleyway
You pays your money and you takes your choice
The artful dodger says he wants to pick a pocket or two

But you, you've taken up a place in high society
A personal friend of messrs rolls and royce
Got them all convinced that everything you say to them is true

It seems to me that you've still got no values
Oh you know you're not so hot, no values
You know you've got a lot, but no values
And I'd be glad if you went away again.
No values…No values…No values at all

I like your wife's smile, I like her car
If I had your lifestyle, I wouldn't go far wrong
On the waters of life you row your boat
Into the strongest tide that you can find
On the darkest of nights we were two of a kind
We went through it all before the tide went out
And left us stranded on the shore
How was I to know
How was I to know

Well you ain't got no values
You know you think you're hot, no values
You know, you've got a lot, no values,
And I'd be glad if you went away again
No values, yeah… No values, yeah…No values at all

Officially appears on


Give My Regards To Broad Street

Official album • Released in 1984

4:12 • Studio version • Ballad reprise

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Dave Edmunds:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Chris Spedding:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott:
Percussion

Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:12 • Studio version • Ballad reprise

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

4:06 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

5:20 • Studio version


Let 'Em Out Vol. 3 - Outtakes & Upgrades

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:28 • Alternate take


Let 'Em Out Vol. 7 - Pugin's Hall Rehearsals

Unofficial live • Released in 2011

3:33 • Studio rehearsal


Pugin's Hall Rehearsals 1980

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Nov 30, 1980
Studio:
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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