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Not Such A Bad Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1984
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1983 (Paul McCartney was 41 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Other original songs available on Give My Regards To Broad Street



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Song facts

Not Such A Bad Boy” is a song from the 1984 soundtrack album “Give My Regards To Broad Street“. This is one of the two songs specifically written for the movie, the other one being “No More Lonely Nights“.

A song written for the film. It’s a line Harry says, claiming he’s just manipulated. It nearly didn’t make it into the film, but Linda and Ringo really loved it and requested its reinstatement. So I said to Peter Webb that we would try it and if it didn’t work we would drop it. It worked out well in the end. All the stuff about lawyers and jails and teachers and women – it’s all sort of experiences of mine, slightly inflated.

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

Not Such A Bad Boy” was demoed at the beginning of 1983 at AIR Studios.

The LP version directly crossfades to “No values“, as “So Bad” is omitted from the LP (and was inserted between “Not Such A Bad Boy” and “No Values” on the CD version)

Last updated on March 29, 2020

Lyrics

I laughed at the teachers
Who taught in my school
They kept one armed bandits in the swimming pool

They don't understand me
But they never will
And if was there I'd be telling them still

I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more

I followed the leader
Into her tent
But nobody told me that she owed some rent

She wanted to love me,
I wanted to go.
But she taught me things that I needed to know

I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more

She wanted to love me,
I wanted to go
Well she taught me things that I needed to know

I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more

I talked to my lawyer,
he picked up my bail
Won't someone get me out of this lousy jail?

We're both in agreement
that crime never pays
And I should be out in a couple of days

I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more
I'm not such a bad boy no more, no more, no more

Officially appears on


Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version)

Official album • Released in 1984

3:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jon Kelly :
Engineer (?)
Dave Edmunds :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Stuart Breed :
Assistant engineer (?)
Chris Spedding :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott :
Percussion

Session Recording:
March 1983 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Give My Regards To Broad Street (LP version)

Official album • Released in 1984

3:19 • Studio versionA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jon Kelly :
Engineer (?)
Dave Edmunds :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Stuart Breed :
Assistant engineer (?)
Chris Spedding :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott :
Percussion

Session Recording:
March 1983 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jon Kelly :
Engineer (?)
Dave Edmunds :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Stuart Breed :
Assistant engineer (?)
Chris Spedding :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott :
Percussion

Session Recording:
March 1983 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

3:18 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

3:23 • Studio version


Give My Regards To Broad Street - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jon Kelly :
Engineer (?)
Dave Edmunds :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Stuart Breed :
Assistant engineer (?)
Chris Spedding :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott :
Percussion

Session Recording:
March 1983 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Give My Regards To Broad Street - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:44 • Studio versionA • LP version

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jon Kelly :
Engineer (?)
Dave Edmunds :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Stuart Breed :
Assistant engineer (?)
Chris Spedding :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jody Lindscott :
Percussion

Session Recording:
March 1983 ?
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Broad Street Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

3:42 • Studio version • Acetate Version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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