The Paul McCartney Project

School - Not for Ourselves

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

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Song facts

Not for Ourselves” is the eight track of the second movement – entitled “School” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

II: SCHOOL.  1953. The war baby – Shanty – now 11 years old and at school, celebrates his Liverpool upbringing. With classmates, he skips lessons to “sag off” and sunbathe in the graveyard of Liverpool Cathedral. Sleeping on a gravestone, he dreams of ghosts of the past and the future. One of the ghosts, Mary Dee, is his bride-to-be. Waking and back at school, Shanty and his classmates are taught Spanish in the form of a folk song by their new mistress, Miss Inkley.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 10, 2019

Lyrics

BOYS and CHORUS
Not for ourselves,
But for the whole world were we born.
And we were born in Liverpool.

HEADMASTER
Not Birmingham

MISS INKLEY:
Nor Edinburgh.

BOYS
Not Manchester

SHANTY
Or Solihull.

BOYS and CHORUS
Being born where you were born

BOYS and WOMEN'S CHORUS
Carries with it certain responsi..

MEN
Carries with it certain responsi..

MISS INKLEY and HEADMASTER
Carries with it certain responsibilities.

Officially appears on


Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

0:55 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass
Sally Burgess:
Mezzo-soprano

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991


Selections from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1992

0:55 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass
Sally Burgess:
Mezzo-soprano

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“School - Not for Ourselves” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “School - Not for Ourselves” has been played




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