The Paul McCartney Project

Simple As That

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Anti-Heroin Project: It's A Live-In World Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1986 (Paul McCartney was 44 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

A demo entitled “Simple As That” has been recorded in August 1980 and officially released on the “Pipes Of Peace Archive Collection“, but has nothing to do with this 1986 song.

Last updated on April 18, 2020

Lyrics

I know it isn't easy to refuse
A lot of thoughts are flying thru' your head
Tell me this before you have to choose
Would you rather be alive or dead?
It's as simple as that
Would you rather be alive or dead
It's as simple as that, it's so simple
It makes you wanna cry
They ask you if you wanna join in
You linger for a minute or so
Well now's a perfect time to begin
Are you gonna say yes or no?
It's as simple as that
Are you gonna say yes or no?
If s as simple as that, it's so simple
It makes you wanna cry
And if you love your life
Everybody will love you too
Yes if you love your life
Everybody will love you too
It's harder when you start to get round
I want you to remember what I said
I know you never like to let them down
But would you rather be alive or dead?…

Officially appears on


The Anti-Heroin Project: It's A Live-In World

Official album • Released in 1986

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Keyboards (?), Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
James McCartney :
Backing vocals
Mary McCartney :
Backing vocals
Stella McCartney :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
February 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio versionA • 1993 remaster

Bootlegs


B-Sides Complete Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:17 • Studio versionA


"B" Sides Himself

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

4:19 • Studio version


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:17 • Studio versionA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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