The Paul McCartney Project

Album This song officially appears on the Mighty Like a Rose Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1987 (Paul McCartney was 45 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Demo Sessions with Elvis Costello

September - October 1987


"Flowers In The Dirt" session #3

January - March 1988

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Lyrics

You had your own way one too many times and now
You're going to find out what it's like
Just what it's like, now you're a mess
You wanted something you could never possess
You went your own way one too many nights
You treated her like some small oversight
What in the world makes her think that she can
Turn you from a playboy into a man

She's going to make you suffer tonight
To turn you from a playboy into a man
And when you're worthy of her then she might
Turn you from a playboy into a man
Turn you from a playboy into a man

You thought you were the answer to her prayers
The perfect gift that every girl prefers
But that's the trouble 'cos every girl
Still thinks you're her's
So there you are with your gold chains jangling
Your lucky charms and your jewelry dangling
But when she saw you she turned and ran
To turn you from a playboy into a man

She's going to make you suffer tonight
Turn you from a playboy into a man
And when you're worthy of her then she might
Turn you from a playboy into a man
Turn you from a playboy into a man
Turn you from a playboy into a man

You couldn't see that the juvenile things that you do
Would drag you down and now that the joke's on you
You're pretty cold and you end as you start
When your facade isn't falling apart
So now you're standing in your underwear
Well now you know just how it feels for her
You're halfway there you know that she can
Turn you from a playboy into a man

She's going to make you suffer tonight
Turn you from a playboy into a man
And when you're worthy of her then she might
Turn you from a playboy into a man
Turn you from a playboy into a man
Turn you from a playboy into a man

Playboy
Playboy
Playboy

Officially appears on


Mighty Like a Rose

Official album • Released in 1991

3:20 • Studio versionA

Marc Ribot :
Guitar section
Elvis Costello :
12-string rickenbacker, Big stupid guitar, Cox organ, Producer, Vocals
Mitchell Froom :
"piano frenzy", Cox organ, Producer
Jim Keltner :
Drums
Larry Knechtel :
"piano frenzy", Upright piano
Jerry Scheff :
Bass
Kevin Killen :
Producer
Benmont Tench :
"piano frenzy"

Recording :
Late 1990 - early 1991
Studio :
Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London


Flowers In The Dirt - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2017

2:57 • DemoB • Original Demo

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyElvis Costello
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 23, 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flowers In The Dirt - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2017

2:55 • DemoC • 1988 Demo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Guitar, Höfner bass, Lead vocal, Producer
Hamish Stuart :
Electric guitar
Chris Whitten :
Drums
Elvis Costello :
Backing vocals, Guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Peter Henderson :
Recording engineer
Kevin Armstrong :
Electric guitar
Richard Moakes :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 26, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.21

Unofficial album

2:52 • Studio version


The McCartney - MacManus Collaboration

Unofficial album • Released in 1998

2:51 • Demo


Collaborators

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:53 • Demo • McCartney & Costello demo

Recording :
Spring-Summer '87


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:53 • Studio version • [demo]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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