Sally G

Album This song officially appears on the Junior's Farm / Sally G 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974

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 / Sally G

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:39 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

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
Peter Mew :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

3:41 • Studio versionA2014 • 2014 remaster

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

3:40 • Studio versionA2022 • 2022 remaster

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
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


One Hand Clapping (2 LP and 7”)

LP • Released in 2024

3:28 • Studio versionB • Another brand new track. Likely recorded solo by Paul during the Backyard session on August 30, 1974.

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
August 30, 1974 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

One Hand Clapping (Dolby Atmos)

Streaming • Released in 2024

3:28 • Studio versionC • 2024 Dolby Atmos mix

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Giles Martin :
Mixing engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
August 30, 1974 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

One Hand Clapping (2 LP edition)

LP • Released in 2024

3:28 • Studio versionB • Another brand new track. Likely recorded solo by Paul during the Backyard session on August 30, 1974.

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
August 30, 1974 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

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

Session Mixing:
July 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


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

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

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


Latest concerts where Sally G has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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