The Paul McCartney Project

Only Our Hearts

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Kisses On the Bottom Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2011 (Paul McCartney was 69 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

Only Our Hearts” is a song written by Paul McCartney. It was one of the two original songs featured on his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom” (the other one being “My Valentine“).

The song was recorded with a totally different set of musicians compared to the other songs of “Kisses On The Bottom“. We can therefore only assume it was recorded at the same time as the other songs.

The song features Stevie Wonder on harmonica. This was their first collaboration since the recording of “Tug Of War” in 1981. From paulmccartney.com, January 26, 2012:

This year sees 30 years since Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder first worked together on the classic smash hit Ebony and Ivory (March 1982), which was number 1 in the UK and the US. The release of Paul’s new album “Kisses On The Bottom” sees them reunited on the track, “Only Our Hearts”. “Only Our Hearts” is one of two original McCartney compositions included on the album, which is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood.

On working with Stevie Paul said, “Stevie came along to the studio in LA and he listened to the track for about ten minutes and he totally got it. He just went to the mic and within 20 minutes had nailed this dynamite solo. When you listen you just think, ‘How do you come up with that?’ But it’s just because he is a genius, that’s why“.

Stevie joined Paul at LA’s legendary Capitol Studio’s to record the track.

That track had a space left open for the solo, although we had no one in mind to perform it. When I suggested Stevie, Paul liked the idea. So, being that they’re friends and have worked together in the past, Paul called him, Stevie was into it and he came in just before we started mixing in LA. Well, talk about a giant set of ears — Stevie just listened to the track a couple of times and within 15 to 20 minutes we had the take.

Tommy LiPuma, from an interview with Sound On Sound, May 2012
From NastyLittleMan – Paul McCartney Standards album mixing at the Capitol Studios

A marketing push in collaboration with luxury retailer Tiffany was made to promote “Only Our Hearts“. From paulmccartney.com, January 27, 2012:

Tiffany & Co. are debuting an exclusive preview of Paul’s new love song Only Our Hearts in WhatMakesLoveTrue.com – A site dedicated to the art of true love! […]

In celebration of the new album, WhatMakesLoveTrue.com is offering a limited number of complimentary downloads of the track before the official launch of the album on February 6th (UK) and 7th (US).

To download a complimentary copy of the track and watch the making of Kisses on the Bottom, visit Tiffany’s WhatMakesLoveTrue.com.

Last updated on November 30, 2020

Lyrics

If only my love was here
I'd be taking the time to feel it
Washing over my body and soul
If only my love, only my love was here.

I wish that my heart was strong
I'd be letting it beat much faster
At the thought of you holding me near
I wish that my heart, wish that my heart was strong.

Hoping to be where you are
Of longing to be your lover
Don't want to ever be far
Apart from you, my love.

But only our hearts will know
If we're gonna spend it together
Only gone to the dreams that we share
Only our hearts know how much love is there.

Hoping to be where you are
Of longing to be your lover
I don't wanna ever be far
Apart from you, my love.

But only our hearts will know
If were gonna spend it together
Holding on to the love that we share
Only our hearts know how much love is there
Yes, only our hearts know how much love is there.

Variations


A Album version

A1 Rough mix with alternate end

Officially appears on


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

4:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Stevie Wonder :
Harmonica
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra conductor, Rhythm and orchestra arrangement
Vinnie Colaiuta :
Drums
Chuck Berghoffer :
Bass
John Chiodini :
Guitar
Tamir Hendelman :
Piano
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 15, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

4:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Stevie Wonder :
Harmonica
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra conductor, Rhythm and orchestra arrangement
Vinnie Colaiuta :
Drums
Chuck Berghoffer :
Bass
John Chiodini :
Guitar
Tamir Hendelman :
Piano
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 15, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On the Bottom (Deluxe version)

Official album • Released in 2012

4:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Stevie Wonder :
Harmonica
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra conductor, Rhythm and orchestra arrangement
Vinnie Colaiuta :
Drums
Chuck Berghoffer :
Bass
John Chiodini :
Guitar
Tamir Hendelman :
Piano
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 15, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

4:17 • Rough mixA1 • Alternate end


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Stevie Wonder :
Harmonica
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra conductor, Rhythm and orchestra arrangement
Vinnie Colaiuta :
Drums
Chuck Berghoffer :
Bass
John Chiodini :
Guitar
Tamir Hendelman :
Piano
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Nov 15, 2011
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Marlon Torres 1 years ago

Only our hearts is the killer song here..truly loved it!