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Sally G

Album This song officially appears on the Junior's Farm 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Sally G” was the B-side to the Paul McCartney and Wings single “Junior’s Farm.”

McCartney composed the song after visiting a country music club in Printer’s Alley.

Like the A-side, it was recorded in Nashville in 1974 during the band’s visit. Unlike the A-side, it was strongly country music-influenced, including prominent use of Nashville backing musicians such as Vassar Clements, Lloyd Green and Johnny Gimble supporting Wings.

In the US, “Sally G” charted separately from “Junior’s Farm” on both Billboard’s country singles chart and on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #51 and #39 (#17 when still listed as the flip of “Junior’s Farm”), respectively. Like many Wings singles, the song was not included on an album at the time of release.

Last updated on July 20, 2014

Lyrics

Somewhere to the south of New York City
Lies the friendly state of Tennessee
Down in Nashville town then I met a pretty
Who made a pretty big fool out of me

And they call her Sally, Sally G
Why d'you wanna do the things you do to me?
You're my Sally, Sally G
You took the part that was the heart of me, Sally G

The night life took me down to Printers Alley
Where Sally sang a song behind the bar
I ran my eyes across her as she sang a tangled mime
I used to love to hear her sweet guitar

And they call her Sally, Sally G
Why d'you wanna do the things you do to me?
You're my Sally, Sally G
You took the part that was the heart of me, Sally G

Me and Sally took up
Things began to look up
Me and her were going strong

Then she started lyin'
I could see our love was dyin'
I heard a voice say
"Move along, move along"

Well, now I'm on my own again
I wonder if she ever really understood
I never thought to ask her what the letter G stood for
But I know for sure it wasn't good

And they call her Sally, Sally G
Why d'you wanna do the things you do to me?
You're my Sally, Sally G
You took the part that was the heart of me, Sally G

Take a chance
Sally G
Yeah, Sally G

Officially appears on


Junior's Farm

7" Single • Released in 1974

3:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar
Geoff Britton:
Drums
Lloyd Green:
Dobro, Pedal steel guitar
Ernie Winfrey:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Bob Wills:
Violin
Johnny Gimble:
Violin

Session Recording:
Jul 09, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

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


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:39 • Studio versionA


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

Studio versionA

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

3:39 • Studio version • Early take

Session Recording:
Jul 09, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA


Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

3:41 • Studio version


B-Sides Complete Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:39 • Studio versionA


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:40 • Studio versionA


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:34 • Alternate take • Alt mix by Ernie Winfrey


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Steve Nelson 2 years ago

does this song refer to the Western Room in Printers Alley? I only know of ONE stage that was behind the bar and I think I know who Sally G is.....Dianne Sherrill. Am I right?


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Hi Steve,
Thanks for the interesting question. I had to do a bit of research, and find this on the Beatles Rarity (awesome site, btw!)

http://www.thebeatlesrarity.com/2013/06/27/asknat-concerning-the-paul-mccartney-wings-nashville-sessions/

"According to Skull Schullman, owner of the Printer’s Alley Club (mentioned in the song), Paul wrote the song in his bar. It was originally to be “Diane G” after country singer Diane Gaffney but Paul changed the name after learning that Diane had once sued a newspaper. Paul invited Nashville musicians Lloyd Green (pedal steel guitar) and Johnny Gimble (fiddle) to join in with Wings on the recording, which took place on July 9th."

So Diane Gaffney seems to be the right answer !


Mike allen 1 years ago

On Junior's Farm, I believe the correct lyric is "as she sang A Tangled Mind", which is an old Hank Snow song from the 50s, rather than "mime". Love your site!


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Hi Mike, thanks for your input & kind words ! Most review sites (Genius, MetroLyrics...) mention "A Tangled Mime" ; but "A Tangled Mind" surely makes more sense. Will do a bit more research, thanks !


Mike allen 1 years ago

What an idiot I am. Just realized I put Junior's Farm, which I was listening to at the time, in my earlier comment when I meant Sally G. Thanks for not pointing out my stupidity :)