Penina

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Penina / North 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969

Related interviews


The Club Sandwich Interview

Winter 1994 • From Club Sandwich

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Song facts

Penina” is a song written by Paul McCartney in December 1968 while on holiday in Portugal, and given away to a local band, Jotta Herre.

What’s the story behind a song called “Penina” which I believe you wrote for a Portugese band leader in 1968? Might you ever record it yourself?

I went to Portugal on holiday and returned to the hotel one night slightly the worse for a few drinks. There was a band playing and I ended up on the drums. The hotel was called Penina, I made up a song with that name, someone made enquiries about it and I gave it to them. And, no, I shouldn’t think I’d ever record it myself!

Paul McCartney, Club Sandwich interview, 1994

Last updated on September 20, 2021

Officially appears on


Penina / North

7" Single • Released in 1969

2:36 • Studio versionA


Penina / Wings Of Revenge

7" Single • Released in 1969

Studio version


The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

Official album • Released in 1979

2:36 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 9th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:07 • Rehearsal • Jan.09 - D3-13 - La Penina 9.67

Session Recording:
Jan 09, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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