The Paul McCartney Project

Party

Album This song officially appears on the Run Devil Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Let’s Have a Party” is a 1957 song written by Jessie Mae Robinson and recorded by Elvis Presley for the movie Loving You. Wanda Jackson recorded the song for her first album, Wanda Jackson, released in 1958. The song was released as a single by Jackson in 1960 and entered the UK chart on 1 September of that year, spending eight weeks there and reaching #32; it also reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The Jackson version was later featured in the 1989 critically acclaimed film Dead Poets Society. Paul McCartney also recorded and released the song (under the title “Party“) on his 1999 Run Devil Run album. His original song “Run Devil Run“, on the album of the same name, also has a very similar melody. […]

From the liner notes of “Run Devil Run“:

First heard in Elvis’s second film, Loving You, in 1957. “Whenever we used to try and get the words, we’d get stuck on the verse… ‘Never kissed a bear, never kissed a goo!’ We could never get it. At the end, that’s me going ‘I’m not giving up man.’ It seemed like a good idea to end the album on that.”

From an interview with Laura Gross (promotional interview for “Run Devil Run” in 1999):

Paul McCartney: Let’s Have A Party was from, Elvis did it, I think in Loving You, the second movie. And it’s just a great song. And there were words again, as kids we could never quite get the words. And there was no authority you could consult. It was just us, thankfully. It was kind of nice it was just us. But, there was, I never kissed a bear. And we always used to think it was I never kissed a goo. We didn’t know what a goo was, but that’s what it sounded like. So we were always doing, never kissed a bear, never kissed a goo, like a chicken-chicken in the middle of the room, let’s have a party. So when it came to it, I was, I kept singing, never kissed a goo. And all the guys went, what is that. We looked it up and it said, never kissed a goon, which I don’t think is a whole lot more sensible, either. I never kissed a bear, I never kissed a goon. Well, I’m not sure about the story, the derivation of that. Again, some great archivists will be able to tell us what happened there. But I just like the madness of the words, you know.

Laura Gross: Did you keep the goo.

Paul McCartney: No it’s, came out goon. Never kissed a bear and that is true. I’ve never kissed a goon, that was equally as true. So what more do you want. In a way though, I am glad with this rock ‘n’ roll album. That I have got back to my roots, so it is, it will reassure anyone who thinks, oh, he’s gone all classical now. That, that’s not the case, you know. It’s just another of the things I do. I still love my kind of rock ‘n’ roll music.

Last updated on September 20, 2016

Lyrics

Some people like to rock, some people like to roll,
but moving and a grooving gonna satisfy my soul.
Let's have party, let's have party, send it to the store,
let's buy some more, let's have party tonight.

I've never kissed a bear, I've never kissed a goon,
but I can shake a chicken in the middle of the room.
Let's have party, let's have party, send it to the store,
let's buy some more, let's have party tonight.

Now, honky-tonky Joe is knocking at the door,
bring him in and fill him up and set him on the floor.
Let's have party, yeah, let's have party, send it to the store,
let's buy some more, let's have party tonight.
Party, party, well, I feel it in my leg, feel it in my shoe,
tell me, pretty baby if you think you feel it too.
Let's have party, let's have party,
oh, I'm gonna send it to the store, let's buy some more,
let's have party tonight.

Some people like to rock, some people like to roll,
but moving and a grooving gonna satisfy my soul.
Let's have party, let's have party, send it to the store,
let's buy some more, let's have party tonight.
We're gonna send it to the store, let's buy some more, have party tonight.

Oh yeah, we're gonna have ourselves a little party, yeah, yeah, tonight.
I'm not giving in, man, I'm gonna have a party, yeah.
Party, party, yeah, I'm not going home yet,
send it to the store, let's buy some more, we're gonna have a party tonight.

Some people like to rock, people like to roll,
but moving and a grooving gonna satisfy my soul, let's have a party.

Officially appears on


Run Devil Run

Official album • Released in 1999

2:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Mick Green:
Electric guitar
David Gilmour:
Electric guitar
Ian Paice:
Drums
Pete Wingfield:
Piano
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Paul Hicks:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 04, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Rock Devil Rock

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:39 • Live

Concert From "Later... with Jools Holland" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 06, 1999


Rock Devil Rock

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:55 • Live

Concert From "Red Alert With The National Lottery" in Windsor, United Kingdom on Nov 13, 1999


Rock Devil Rock

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:21 • Live • Take 1

Concert From "The Apocalypse Tube" in Newcastle, United Kingdom on Nov 20, 1999


Rock Devil Rock

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:56 • Live • Take 2

Concert From "The Apocalypse Tube" in Newcastle, United Kingdom on Nov 20, 1999


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Mick Green:
Electric guitar
David Gilmour:
Electric guitar
Ian Paice:
Drums
Pete Wingfield:
Piano
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Paul Hicks:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 04, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Videos

Live performances

“Party” has been played in 4 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Party” has been played


Live At The Cavern

Dec 14, 1999 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


The Apocalypse Tube

Nov 20, 1999 • United Kingdom • Newcastle • Tyne Tees Studios • TV show


Red Alert With The National Lottery

Nov 13, 1999 • United Kingdom • Windsor • Bray Film Studios • TV show


Later... with Jools Holland

Nov 06, 1999 • United Kingdom • London • BBC Centre Wood Lane • TV show


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