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Really Love You

Album This song officially appears on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other songs co-written with Ringo Starr

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Really Love You” is a song written by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr—their first-ever shared credit—and originally released on McCartney’s 1997 album Flaming Pie. In 2005, a remixed version was released as a limited edition 12″ vinyl, from the album Twin Freaks.

The song was written during a jam session the day after McCartney and Starr recorded “Beautiful Night“, another song on Flaming Pie that features Starr on drums.

From the album liner notes:

The day after Ringo and Paul recorded “Beautiful Night” the pair returned to the studio and began a jam session, Paul plucking his Hofner Violin bass, Ringo beating the drums and Jeff Lynne playing guitar. Three pieces evolved inside a half an hour, “Really Love You” best charting the desired R&B groove, with Paul adding an off-the-cuff vocal. Credit to McCartney/Starkey – a first-ever credit for a released tune – the jam was completed by some guitar and vocal overdubs and mixed after Ringo had returned home. Played to him over the telephone by Paul, Ringo’s response – “It’s relentless!” – remains the best description of the finished result.

“Doing Beautiful Night with Ringo wasn’t enough. I wanted more fun. So we jammed. The actor’s worst dream is being on stage not knowing what plays he’s in – doing this vocal was like that, you can go anywhere. You’ve got to clear your mind – and play bass – let your head to and ad-lib it all.”

Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

Ringo was at my studio to record ‘Beautiful Night’ and we were getting a great sound from the instruments. The next session we did three jams in half an hour, including this one. I got on the Hofner bass, Ringo started drumming, Jeff Lynne was on guitar and the three of us got an R&B riff going. I had to fulfil the actor’s worst dream, of being on stage but not knowing what play he’s in – my version of this is that I have to sing words to a song that is being made up on the spot. This is why there’s one verse that doesn’t make any sense, which is well surreal, but that’s OK.

Mark Lewisohn, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

The day after Ringo Starr had joined Paul to record ‘Beautiful Night’ the pair returned to the studio, where the instruments remained set up as before, and began a good old-fashioned jam session, Paul plucking his Hofner Violin bass, Ringo beating the drums and Jeff Lynne playing guitar. Three separate pieces evolved inside half an hour, one being ‘Looking For You‘ (issued on the B-side of first UK single ‘Young Boy’ and first US single ‘The World Tonight’), another ‘Really Love You’. This latter track best charted the desired R&B groove, with Paul adding a live vocal. Forced to invent the lyric on the spot, he duly grabbed the words out of “left-field”. “There’s one verse that doesn’t make any sense,” Paul admits, “which goes ‘I need your heart hopping on a plate’. I remember thinking, ‘ What did I just say?’ But I just had to keep going.” 

Credited to McCartney/Starkey – even after all this time this is still a first-ever credit for a released tune – the jam was completed by some guitar overdubs and mixed after Ringo had returned home. Played to him over the telephone by Paul, his response – “It’s relentless!” – remains the best description of the finished result.

Last updated on May 15, 2018

Lyrics

Well I need you
Through the night
When morning comes
I love the light
But in the night-time
That dark is black
Come on baby
You got to help me get back

I love you, oh yeah
I really love you, oh yeah

Do one thing
Do one thing for me
If you've got love
Then let me see

If you feel it in your heart
Then show it right now
You know I love you baby
I gotta get to you, get to you somehow

Oh yeah, I really love you
Oh yeah, I really love you
You know it's true

I really love you
Day and night
Yeah, I really love you
In the morning light
I really love you
Sure be right
Come on little baby
Gotta find out find out somehow

Yeah, yeah, really love you
Oh yeah, really love you

I love the things
You say and do
I can't get over
How much I love you

You know you do something
Special to me
And that's the way
I want it always to be, yeah

Oh yeah, really love you
Oh yeah, I really love you

I need your love
Like a bear needs a break
I need your heart, baby
Hopping on a plate
I need the sunshine
Of your smile
Help me walk
Help me walk that extra mile

Little baby, I love you
Oh yeah, you know I really love you
Oh yeah, you know it's true
Oh yeah, I love you

I love you

Officially appears on


Flaming Pie

Official album • Released in 1997

5.14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Wurlitzer piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Jeff Lynne:
Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 14, 1996
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


The World Tonight #2

EP • Released in 1997

5:14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Wurlitzer piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Jeff Lynne:
Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 14, 1996
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

5:42 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

0:39 • Alternate take • And Hofner


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

0:39 • Alternate take • Ringo On


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

5:10 • Alternate take


UK Singles Collection - Volume 06

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

5:18 • Studio version


UK Singles Collection - Volume 07

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

5:52 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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