The Paul McCartney Project

Ode To A Koala Bear

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Say Say Say / Ode To A Koala Bear 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1980 (Paul McCartney was 38 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




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Song facts

Ode To A Koala Bear” is a song released as the B-side of the single “Say Say Say”.

That day was another regular session day. I think I was booked from 2pm – 5 or 6pm but as always with the possibility the session would go on a bit later, & as it was for Paul, you made yourself available of course. We put the track down with Paul playing piano, me on kit. We left the studio that evening at about 9pm (this was in December) so I think that meant 4pm New York time. It was the same day John was killed. So it may be a touch gruesome, but the Koala Bear track, (which Paul told me was about 1 of his kids toys, who were also there with Linda) was the last track Paul recorded while John was still alive. I know this is weird stuff, but I grew up loving the Beatles, & not only was it a great thrill for me to work with Paul, but such a shock to see him the following day in the same clothes he had been wearing the previous day talking to the press about Johns murder.

Paul Robinson, the drummer for the session, from Steve Hoffman’s forums

Last updated on April 19, 2020

Lyrics

Oh, I love you, I still care.
All my affection's there.
I will walk with you to the end of the passage,
My little koala type bear,
Little koala type bear.

I can see you sitting there
With your silent smile.
I won't talk to you for a couple of minutes,
My little koala type bear,
Little koala type bear.

Tell me what it's like
Looking out of eyes,
Like the likes of yours.
Do you find it so surprising
That the likes of me
Likes the likes of you?

I still love you, yes, I do.
All my time on earth.
Will belong to you till the end of the passage,
My little koala type bear
Little koala type bear

Oh I love you
I still care
All my affection's there
I will walk with you till the end of the passage
My little koala (koala) type bear, (koala)
Little koala (koala) type bear.

Oh, oh, oh, - oo -

Oh, I love you, I still care.
All my affection's there.
I will walk with you to the end of the passage,
My little koala (koala) type bear, (koala)
Little koala (koala) type bear.

Oh, oh, oh, oh -
Oh, oh, oh.

Doo, doo, doo.

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.

Officially appears on


Say Say Say / Ode To A Koala Bear

7" Single • Released in 1983

3:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Engineer assistant
Paul Robinson :
Drums
Chris Lawrence :
Bass

Session Recording:
Nov 30, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 31, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Say Say Say / Ode To A Koala Bear (Australian version)

7" Single • Released in 1983

3:44 • Studio versionB • Australian mix

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Engineer assistant
Paul Robinson :
Drums
Chris Lawrence :
Bass

Session Recording:
Nov 30, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 31, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


Say Say Say

12" Single • Released in 1983

3:45 • Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:44 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Engineer assistant
Paul Robinson :
Drums
Chris Lawrence :
Bass
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Dec 08, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London

Recording :
Aug 31, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

3:42 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

3:43 • Studio version


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

3:45 • Outtake


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

3:40 • Outtake


Oobu Joobu Part 16

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

3:40 • Radio show


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Andrew Lynch 2 years ago

No love for the Australian mix?


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Hi Andrew, I didn't know there was an Australian Mix at all ! Awesome :D Thanks for the tip ;)
http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/paul-mccartney-ode-to-a-koala-bear-australian-mix.251745/