The Paul McCartney Project

Only Mama Knows

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

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Song facts

Last updated on June 11, 2013

Lyrics

Well I was found in the transit lounge
Of a dirty airport town
What was I doing on the road to ruin
Well my mama laid me down
My mama laid me down

Round my hand was a plastic band
With a picture of my face
I was crying left to die
This God forsaken place
This God forsaken place

Only Mama knows why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
She was running to, what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only Mama knows
Only Mama knows

I'm passing through, I'm on my way
I'm on the road, no ETA.
I'm passing through, no fixed abode
And that is why I need to try
To hold on. I've gotta hold on, gotta hold on

Was it planned as a one night stand
Or did she live in disgrace
Well I never will I ever see my father's face see
my father's face

Only Mama knows why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
She was running to, what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only Mama knows
Only Mama knows

Only Mama knows why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
She was running to, what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only Mama knows
Only Mama knows
I've gotta hold on. I've gotta hold on.
You've gotta hold on

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

4:18 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Mellotron, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar

Recording:
February 2004
Studio:
Abbey Road Studios


Ever Present Past

CD Single • Released in 2007

3:49 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


iTunes Festival: London

EP • Released in 2007

3:49 • LiveL2

Concert From "iTunes Festival" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 05, 2007


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

4:18 • Studio versionA

Recording:
February 2004
Studio:
Abbey Road Studios


Amoeba's Secret

EP • Released in 2009

3:48 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Good Evening New York City

Official live • Released in 2009

3:39 • LiveL3 • Could have been record on 17, 18 or 21 July 2009

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
Geoff Emerick:
Audio mixing
Paul Hicks:
Audio mixing
Jonas Westling:
Additional engineering
Richard Lancaster:
Additional engineering
John Henry:
Recording

Concert From the concert in New York, USA on Jul 17, 2009


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Amoeba Gig

Official live • Released in 2019

Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007

Bootlegs



Secret Live Los Angeles 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

4:15 • Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Secret Live Los Angeles 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

1:13 • Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Secret Live In New York 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

4:41 • Live

Concert From the concert in New York City, USA on Jun 13, 2007


Secret Live In New York 2007

Unofficial live • Released in 2007

3:25 • Live

Concert From "Later... with Jools Holland" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 08, 2007


Videos

Live performances

“Only Mama Knows” has been played in 30 concerts and 21 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Only Mama Knows” has been played



Dublin • The O2

Dec 20, 2009 • Part of Good Evening Europe Tour






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