The Paul McCartney Project

Rode All Night

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Ram - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From wmmr.com:

Paul McCartney’s upcoming Ram reissue will feature a legendary and long-bootlegged late-1970 jam between him and drummer Denny Seiwell. The song, “Rode All Night” was never released by McCartney, but photos from the song’s recording have been used in the Ram gate-fold sleeve as well as the front cover of his 1987 oldies compilation, Choba BCCP — better known as the “Russian Album.” The song was later rewritten as “Giddy” and donated to Roger Daltrey for his third solo album, 1977’s One Of The Boys. “Rode All Night,” which has long been a fan favorite, is appearing on the new Ram reissue in it’s uncut, nearly nine-minute version.

From Don’t Forget The Songs 365:

One of drummer Seiwell’s […] favorite outtakes is “Rode All Night” which would sound like if Paul and Linda joined the Velvet Underground. Yes, amigos—”Rode” is Macca channeling his best Lou Reed. What I love about Ram and most of its magnificent outtakes is that they sound like brilliant first takes. Paul’s sounds like he’s having a blast getting out all his courtroom anxieties in these righteous vocal takes.

Seiwell described how “Rode All Night” came to life in the studio when he said—
“[Paul had] just come back from lunch that day and had this tune he wanted to jam. The engineers had started tearing down the mic’s for another session or something. So we started jamming, and it was outrageous. I considered those lyrics, “I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak.” For me, that represented that he’d found people he really felt comfortable playing with, other than the Beatles. And this was like a major breakthrough. We just about had tears in our eyes, we had so much fun doing this thing. I really felt like something miraculous was going on.”

11-70zi Ram Sessions recording Rode All Night

You can just feel the joy in Paul’s improvisational take of “Rode All Night.” Seiwell continued his discussion of his favorite moment during the Ram sessions when he said—
“Anyway, we got done after like seven or eight minutes of this thing, Paul looks into the booth and goes, “You got that, right?” And the engineer goes, “I’m ready now. You want to do it again?” We both looked at each other, like, “What the..?” So we did it again. The second take was good, but it didn’t have the magical spark in that first one.”

Last updated on December 29, 2013

Lyrics

Well I don't feel sick,
Don't feel so bad anymore
Got over it,
Too bad anymore.

Aah, rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night till I finally hit the day
Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Gonna catch Giddy up

Aah, rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night till I finally hit the day
Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Aaow, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night till I finally hit the day
Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak

Well I don't feel so
I don't feel so bad anymore
I'm over it
I don't feel so bad anymore
Yeah

Said I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night till I finally hit the day
I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Yeah, when the sun comes up
Gonna catch Giddy up

Now I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night till I finally hit the day
Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Sun comes up

Yeah, rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
I rode all night till I finally hit the day
I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Sun comes up
I'm gonna catch Giddy up

Aaow, rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
I rode all night till I finally hit the day
Baby baby
Rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Yea-eah, gonna catch Giddy up, yeah

Yeah I rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
Baby, rode all night till I finally hit the day
Yeah, rode all night till I finally hit the daybreak
When the sun comes up
I'm gonna catch
I'm gonna catch Giddy up

Yeah, you're so yeah

Officially appears on


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

8:45 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jul 08, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Bootlegs


Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

8:48 • Outtake


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

8:48 • Outtake • Ram sessions 11/70 - 3/71


The Alternate Ram

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

8:48 • Outtake • Rough mix. The repeated refrain was later used in the song 'Giddy', which was given to Roger Daltrey


Ram - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

8:44 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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