The Paul McCartney Project

Put It There

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flowers In The Dirt Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other singles from "Flowers In The Dirt"

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Put It There” is a 1990 single from Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. The song reached number 32 on the UK singles chart. The lyrics were inspired by an expression of friendship that McCartney learned from his father, “Put it there [handshake] if it weighs a ton.

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song’s chart modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

The 7″ single also included a Wings song, “Mama’s Little Girl“, that had been originally recorded in 1972 but had been remixed and produced in its current version in 1987 by McCartney and Chris Thomas. The 12” single included a second Wings song, “Same Time Next Year“, which had been recorded on 5 and 6 May 1978 at RAK Studios, as a possible theme for the movie of the same name that had also been remixed and produced in 1987 by McCartney and Thomas.

This song was released as a 7″ single, a 12” maxi-single, and a CD single.

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

“Put It There” is what my dad used to say: “Put it there, if it weights a ton”. He had loads of mad expressions, my dad. He was a great guy, and like a lot of these Liverpool guys, you never think about it until years later, when you’re grown up and it’s ‘What did he mean?’
Paul McCartney in “Club Sandwich 52, Summer 1989“:

“Put it there’…was an expression my Dad used to say when we were kids. He used to hold his hand out and say, ‘Put it there if it weighs a ton’… My Dad died over ten years ago now, but you remember those things with affec-tion, you know. And so I wrote a song about that, which I think will become one of my favourites.

From paulmccartney.com, February 28, 2017:

“Is the song ‘Put It There’ about your father, brother and you, or is it about your relationship with your children?”

Paul said, “[…] The song was originally inspired by my dad who used the expression regularly. ‘Put it there, if it weighs a ton,’ he would say. Growing up I heard this expression a lot when he was shaking hands with anyone! So I have an affection for the phrase. When we were doing the video I explained this to the filmmakers, and so it really is to do with me and my dad. But then the next generation is me and my kids. So it’s to do with family. It’s to do with parents and kids. Or just anyone who wants to shake hands.”

Paul McCartney, in People Music, March 24, 2017:

McCartney once again laid down the rhythm on the track, but with an unusual twist. 

“There’s a little hand-slappy thing. That’s something we first heard on Buddy Holly’s record, a great old favorite of ours when we were growing up. He does a record called ‘Everyday.’ It’s a cute little song, a great little song, and there’s this tapping on it [demonstrates]. The story was that it was him tapping on his jeans. And if you ever do that and want to get that effect, don’t wear sweatpants or regular trousers. Jeans are what you need, they’ve got the right tone. That’s just a hint for you and your readers, should you ever be called on to a thigh-slapping session.”

Last updated on April 13, 2017

Lyrics

Give me your hand I'd like to shake it
I want to show you I'm your friend,
You'll understand if I can make it clear
It's all that matters in the end.

Put it there if it weighs a ton,
That's what a father said to his young son
I don't care if it weighs a ton,
As long as you and I are here, put it there.
Long as you and I are here, put it there.

If there's a fight I'd like to fix it,
I hate to see things go so wrong.
The darkest night and all it's mixed emotions
Is getting lighter sing along.

Put it there if it weighs a ton,
That's what a father said to his young son
I don't care if it weighs a ton,
As long as you and I are here, put it there.
Long as you and I are here, put it there.

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt

Official album • Released in 1989

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

2:44 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on Sep 28, 1989


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Put It There / Mama's Little Girl

7" Single • Released in 1990

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Put It There

CD Single • Released in 1990

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Flowers In The Dirt (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Never Stop Doing What You Love

Official album • Released in 2005

2:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Orchestra lead, Orchestration, Percussion, Producer
Hamish Stuart:
Bass, Percussion
George Martin:
Orchestra lead, Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Hi hat, Percussion
Peter Henderson:
Computer programming, Engineer
Lance Phillips:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
April - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:12 • Studio versionA • 2017 remaster

Live performances

“Put It There” has been played in 103 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Put It There” has been played








Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.