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Only Love Remains

Written by Paul McCartney

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

From Wikipedia:

Only Love Remains” is the fourth single from Paul McCartney’s 1986 album, Press to Play. The song reached number 34 on the UK singles chart.

The song was released as a 7″ single and a 12″ maxi single. The single version of “Only Love Remains” is a remix by Jim Boyer and is different from the album version. The 12″ version of the single featured two more remixes of the songs from Press to Play.

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

People who’ve heard the album say ‘That’s the McCartney I like’. So I sorta put it on for them, and for myself, because I’m pretty romantic by nature… I like the quiet moment, and this song is that reflective moment“. John Bradbury leads the orchestra in Tony Visconti’s arrangement and Paul reasserts the oldest cure for most of life’s problems: “Find the right boy or the right girl.

Last updated on November 20, 2016

Lyrics

And if you take your love away from me,
I'm only going to want it back.
I'll probably pretend I didn't see,
But knowing me, I'll want you back again, and again,
'Til the word has lost it's meaning,
And love is all that stays. Only love remains.

If you should ever feel that something's wrong,
I'm going to want to put it right,
To bring a happy ending to our song,
I'll carry on believing in a love.
If your love was to trickle through my fingers,
What would it leave me with?
Only love remains. Only love remains…

Old enough and strong enough to stretch across the world.
Taking the sand inside an oyster, changing it into a pearl.
Making another magic transformation,
Find the right boy for the right girl.

When all our friends have gone and we're alone,
There's nothing left to shout about,
Together we'll explore the great unknown.
I'd say we won't be going out tonight,
Let tonight be the one that we remember,
When love is all that stays,
Only love remains… Only love remains…

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

4:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
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


Only Love Remains / Tough On A Tightrope

7" Single • Released in 1986

4:11 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Jim Boyer

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Jim Boyer:
Remixing

Session Recording:
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


Only Love Remains / Tough On A Tightrope

12" Single • Released in 1986

4:11 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Jim Boyer

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Jim Boyer:
Remixing

Session Recording:
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

4:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
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


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:29 • LiveL1

Concert From "Royal Variety Show" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 24, 1986


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.20

Unofficial album

4:10 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Jim Boyer

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Jim Boyer:
Remixing

Session Recording:
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



Pizza & Fairytales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:30 • LiveL1

Concert From "Royal Variety Show" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 24, 1986


UK Singles Collection - Volume 03

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:15 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Jim Boyer

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Classical guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals
Ray Cooper:
Marimba, Shaker (?), Tambourine (?)
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals
Graham Ward:
Drums
Simon Chamberlain:
Synth bass
John Bradbury:
Violin
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Jim Boyer:
Remixing

Session Recording:
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


Live performances

“Only Love Remains” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Only Love Remains” has been played


The Tube

Dec 12, 1986 • United Kingdom • Newcastle • Tyne Tees Television


Royal Variety Show

Nov 24, 1986 • United Kingdom • London • Theatre Royal • TV show


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Peerke 4 years ago

The version on Pizza and Fairytales is a live version , recorded on November 24, 1986, during the Royal Variety Show. You can hear the introduction to 'Talk More Talk': "If you don't mind, this time you could just keep the noise of the jewelry down"
The band was: Paul (piano), Linda and Tessa Niles (bg vocals), Eric Stewart (acoustic guitar), Jamie Talbot (sax), Graham Ward (drums), Preston Heymen and Nick Glennie-Smith (percussion).

Futhermore, Paul played the song live on the British TV-show The Tube, on December 11, 1986 with only Jamie Talbot on sax and Linda and Tessa Niles on backing vocals.


admin 4 years ago

Hi Peerke, many thanks for this - I didn't know about this concert !!


Lon Pinko 3 years ago

Also played live on the UK TV show "The Tube": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd2hrLzglhY


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Thanks very much Lon Pinko, will add that !!