The Paul McCartney Project

Same Time Next Year

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Put It There CD Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1990

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



"Cold Cuts" overdubs and mixing

January 12th - 23th, 1981


Overdubs for Cold Cuts project

September / October 1986


"Cold Cuts" session

August 1987

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Song facts

Same Time Next Year – Taped on May 5, 1978, in the London RAK studio, during the first session of the new Wings’ line-up and finished during the last sessions with those same people, in January 1981. It was recorded as the title track for a movie but rejected, because too much of the plot was given away in the lyrics. A commercial version was issued in February 1990 as the b-side of the ‘Put It There’ single.

Proposed theme-song for the Alan Alda film of the same name

Overdubbed with a 68-piece orchestra at Abbey Road

Last updated on August 20, 2019

Lyrics

Must we wait another year
For the celebration, dear?
If we do, we'll hold it here,
Same time next year.

I'll be here, the same as ever,
Maybe wearing something else.
Ah, but nothing changes,
Ah, but nothing changes.

Still to me you look the same
As when I forgot your name,
Lovers in a lovers' game,
Same time next year.

I'll be here, the same as ever,
No, I never go away.
Ah, but nothing changes, (ah, but nothing changes)
Ah, but nothing changes.

Same time next year.

Must we wait another year
For the celebration, dear?
If we do, we'll hold it here,
Same time next year.

Same time next year,
Same time next year,
Same time next year,
Same time next year.

Same time next year

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Bass
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Drums, Tambourine
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Fiachra Trench :
Arrangement
John Leach :
Cimbalom

Session Recording:
May 05, 1978
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
May 06, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Put It There

CD Single • Released in 1990

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Bass
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Drums, Tambourine
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Fiachra Trench :
Arrangement
John Leach :
Cimbalom

Session Recording:
May 05, 1978
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
May 06, 1978
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

Session Mixing:
August 1987
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, or Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.11

Unofficial album

3:09 • Studio version


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:07 • Alternate take • Final Mix 1


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:07 • Alternate take • Final Mix 2


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:07 • Alternate take • Final Mix 3


Cold Cuts

Unofficial album • Released in 1996

3:09 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Joost van Gijzen 5 months ago

Nobody has ever questioned the 'the lyrics gave too much away'-explanation? Because it's clearly nonsense.
And otherwise, the lyrics could have been easily changed. ('Girl, I think I've seen your face/But my mind's a stoner's maze')