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Shake A Hand

Written by Joe Morris

Album This song officially appears on the Run Devil Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Shake a Hand” is a 1953 single written by trumpeter and bandleader Joe Morris and originally performed by Faye Adams, whose version hit number one on the R&B chart for nine weeks. The song, which has a strong gospel feel throughout, depicts a reassuring new lover making promises. “Just give me a chance, I’ll take care of everything.

Paul McCartney released a cover of “Shake a Hand” in his 1999 “Run Devil Run” album. From the liner notes of the album:

Paul was always a big Little Richard fan, he can be hard on The Beatles At The BBC letting rip on Lucille and Ooh! My Soul. “I have this image of being in Hamburg; there was one bar that had a pool table and a great jukebox. And that was the only place I ever heard Shake A Hand. Every time we went there, I put it on. I never had the record, but I know I wanted to do it. It always takes me back to that bar.”

From an interview with Laura Gross (promotional interview for “Run Devil Run” in 1999):

Paul McCartney: There was one jukebox in Hamburg, when we were working in Hamburg with the Beatles, that a few of the guys used to go to. This pool hall, I think it was, a pool table there. And there was one jukebox there, that had a couple of records there the other jukeboxes didn’t have. So you’d visit that jukebox. There was one where we never went, but it had Now Or Never by Elvis. So you had to visit. You couldn’t buy the records. You had to go to the jukebox and get the words. Sitting there and putting it on in, in a bar, you know. So there was this one and it had Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by the Platters, which was gorgeous, love that, but my favourite on that jukebox was Shake A Hand by Little Richard. And I never had the record, I haven’t to this day, I haven’t got the record. But I remembered it. And I just thought, I love that so much, I love to do that one. So we did it, and it’s kind of, it’s like a gospelly song. So I did that pretty much like Richard did it. He taught me everything I knew. Paul, you know I taught you everything. It’s true, it’s true, Richard.

Last updated on September 20, 2016

Lyrics

Just leave it to me, now don't you ever be changed,
just give me a chance and I'll take care of everything.
Your troubles I share, I'll let you know when I'll be there.
I'll take care, take care of you, any place and everywhere.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, a-shake a hand if you can.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.

Be truthful to me and I'll be truthful to you.
But I'm in love, I'm in love with your soul, and I don't now just what to do.
So let's call it a day, I've said all I've gotta say
except, oh yeah, baby, you gotta learn how to pray and shake a hand every day.

Be truthful to me and I'll be truthful to you.
But I'm in love, I'm in love with your soul, and I don't now just what to do.
So shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.

Officially appears on


Run Devil Run

Official album • Released in 1999

3:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums, Percussion
Pete Wingfield :
Hammond organ, Piano
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums, Percussion
Pete Wingfield :
Hammond organ, Piano
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Live performances

“Shake A Hand” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Live At The Cavern

Dec 14, 1999 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


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