The Paul McCartney Project

Ram On

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Ram Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1971 (Paul McCartney was 29 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "Ram On"

Feb 22, 1971






Related songs


Big Barn Bed

Officially appears on Red Rose Speedway


Ram On (Reprise)

Officially appears on Ram

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Song facts

From Beatles Bible:

Although Ram On’s song’s introduction contains a flourish of piano and electric piano, at the heart of Ram On is a simply strummed ukulele. It was the first time McCartney had played the instrument on a recording.

Ram On is a cute little thing on a ukulele, ’cause I used to carry one around with me in the back of New York taxis just to always have music with me. They thought I was freak, those taxi drivers.

Paul McCartney, Mojo, 2001

From mixing engineering Eirik Wangberg:

By the way, this other song inserted on Ram On happened to be Big Barn Bed (released later on Red Rose Speedway, in 1973). Did Paul originally intend to include a full version of the track on Ram?

I don’t think so. I was supposed to stop the mix before this song starts – but I found the transition going down so cool I wanted it before the fade!

Engineer Eirik Wangberg, interviewed by Claudio Dirani, 2005

Last updated on June 5, 2020

Lyrics

Ram on, give your heart to somebody soon,
Right away, right away.

Ram on, give your heart to somebody soon,
Right away, right away.

Ram on, give your heart to somebody soon,
Right away, right away.

Officially appears on


Ram

Official album • Released in 1971

2:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ram (Mono - promotional)

Official album • Released in 1971

2:32 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Thrillington

Official album • Released in 1977

2:52 • Studio versionC • Instrumental version

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington :
Producer
Richard Hewson :
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark :
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick :
Spanish guitar
Clem Cattini :
Drums
Herbie Flowers :
Bass
Steve Gray :
Piano
Jim Lawless :
Percussion
Alan Parsons :
Second engineer
Unknown musician(s) :
Boys choir, Clarinets, Flutes, Harp, Piccollo, Saxes

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Ram (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:32 • Studio versionA1993 • Stereo • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


RAM (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:32 • Studio versionA1993.1 • 1993 remaster by Steve Hoffman

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:30 • Studio versionA2012 • Stereo • 2012 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:30 • Studio versionB2012 • Mono • 2012 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 22, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:52 • Studio versionC2012 • Thrillington: 2012 remaster

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington :
Producer
Richard Hewson :
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark :
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick :
Spanish guitar
Clem Cattini :
Drums
Herbie Flowers :
Bass
Steve Gray :
Piano
Jim Lawless :
Percussion
Alan Parsons :
Second engineer
Unknown musician(s) :
Boys choir, Clarinets, Flutes, Harp, Piccollo, Saxes

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

“Ram On” has been played in 21 concerts and 108 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where has been played


Pinkpop Festival

Jun 12, 2016 • Part of Summer Festivals 2016







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