The Paul McCartney Project

Say Say Say

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983

Other collaborations with Michael Jackson

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Song facts

Paul McCartney about the origin of Say Say Say:

He (Michael) rang me up, and I didn’t believe it was him, so I said, “Who’s this?” He said, ‘Michael’. ‘Are you sure… Michael who?!’. Anyway, we had a joke about that kind of thing, and he said, ‘Yeah, I’d like to come over and write with you’, so I said great. So he came over to England and we just sat down. I thought, well, it’s not easy to just sit down with anyone you don’t know and just write, start songwriting because you’ve got to get the chemistry right. But I thought, it is Michael – you know, I’ll just try! If it doesn’t work, we’ll just throw it away …

About the 2015 remix:

And now, 32 years after the original release, fans will have a fresh rush of excitement with a completely new mix of the track, prominently featuring alternative vocals from Paul and the late Michael which have never before been seen the light of day.

And to celebrate the remix of ‘Say Say Say’, a new upbeat dance video has been created and was launched exclusively on Facebook today (Tuesday October 6th). Directed by the choreographer and performance artist Ryan Heffington – recently noted for his choreography work on Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ promo – and filmed in LA, the video follows a teenage boy on a journey through his neighborhood. The boy’s sense of optimism is infectious as he brings joy and stunning dance sequences to those he encounters on his travels.

“Say Say Say [2015 remix]” music video

“Say Say Say [2015 remix]” music video – behind the scenes

Last updated on November 28, 2015

Lyrics

Say, say, say what you want
But don't play games, with my affection.
Take, take, take, what you need
But don't leave me with no direction

All alone I sit home by the phone
waiting for you baby
Through the years how can you stand to hear
My pleading for you dear?
You know I'm crying
Oo oo oo oo

(Now) go go go, where you want
But don't leave me here forever
You you you, stay away
So long girl I see you never.

What can I do girl, to get through to you?
'Cause I love you baby
standing here baptised in all my tears,
baby through the years
You know I'm crying
Oo oo oo oo

You never ever worry, and you never shed a tear
You're saying that my love ain't real
Just look at my face, these tears ain't drying.

You you you can never say
That I'm not the one who really loves you
I pray, pray, pray everyday
That you'll see things girl, like I do.

What can I do girl, to get through to you?
'Cause I love you baby
Standing here baptised in all my tears
Baby through the years, you know I'm crying
Oo oo oo oo

Say say say…

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

3:56 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Michael Jackson:
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
Jerry Hey:
Horns
Nathan Watts:
Bass
Bill Wolfer:
Keyboards, Synthesizers
David Williams:
Electric guitar
Chris Smith:
Harmonica
Ricky Lawson:
Drums
Ernie Watts:
Horns
Gary E. Grant:
Horns
Gary Herbig:
Horns

Say Say Say

7" Single • Released in 1983

3:55 • Studio version


All The Best!

Official album • Released in 1987

3:55 • Studio version


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version


Say Say Say [2015 Remix]

12" Single • Released in 2015

Studio version • 2015 remix


Say Say Say [2015 Remix]

12" Single • Released in 2015

Studio version • Instrumental version (2015 remaster)


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

5:37 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

6:58 • Studio version


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

5:35 • Outtake


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

6:56 • Outtake


B-Sides Complete Vol. 5

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

6:58 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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