The Paul McCartney Project

Oo You

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From the liner notes of McCartney:

The first three tracks were recorded at home as an instrumental that might someday become a song. This, like Man We Was Lonely, was given lyrics one day after lunch just before we left for Morgan Studios, where it was finished that afternoon. Vocals, electric guitar, tambourine, cow bell and aerosol spray were added at Morgan and it was mixed there. On the mix, tape echo was used  to move feedback from guitar from one side to another.” -McCartney 1970

From PopMatters, 2010:

Oo You” opens side B of the McCartney album, and despite the fact that it is such a great, bluesy little rocker, it isn’t discussed much. […]

Not surprisingly, “Oo You” started out as an instrumental track. McCartney’s opening suggestion of “More guitar” might lead you to think that someone else was playing the electric guitar on it, but like the tambourine, cowbell, and “aerosol spray” heard on the track, it was all Paul. Reportedly ad-libbed on the spot, it was written and recorded on the same day as the album’s previous track, “Man We Was Lonely”. However, it wasn’t completed until a tape echo was used to move the guitar’s feedback “from one side to another”. On that same date of February 12th, 1970, McCartney also worked on “Junk”, “Singalong Junk”, “Hot As Sun”, and “Teddy Boy”.

Even though it seems to be ignored by McCartney himself, “Oo You” is critically praised all over the internet as one of the album’s best “deep cuts”. As a testament to this, there are many amateur covers of it on YouTube.

Last updated on January 11, 2015

Lyrics

Look like a woman
Dress like a lady
Talk like a baby
Love like a woman.

Chorus. Oo you
Walk like a woman
Sing like a blackbird
Eat like a hungry
Cook like a woman

Chorus. Oo you
Look like a woman
Oo Dress like a lady
Oo Talk like a baby (golly golly golly goo-goo)
Love like a woman – oo – oo you.

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Aerosol spray, Bass, Cow bell, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Robin Black:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Overdubs:
February, 1970
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Aerosol spray, Bass, Cow bell, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Robin Black:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Overdubs:
February, 1970
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

0:00 • Outtake • [Instrumental version]

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Mix engineer, Producer
John Kurlander:
Assistant mix engineer

Recording:
Unknown recording date
Studio:
Rude Studio

Mixed:
Apr 21, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:52 • Outtake • Early take, backing track

Recording:
c. 1970


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:43 • Outtake • Jam #1

Recording:
c. 1970


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:18 • Outtake • Jam #2

Recording:
c. 1970


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:50 • Studio versionA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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