Someone To Watch Over Me

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card (UK version - Stereo) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Post Card" sessions

Early October 1968 to early December 1968

Related interviews


"She's A Joan Baez Type, But We'll Soon Alter That"

Jan 01, 1992 • From Goldmine Magazine

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Someone to Watch Over Me” is a 1926 song composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, assisted by Howard Dietz who penned the title. It was written for the musical Oh, Kay! (1926), with the part originally sung on Broadway by English actress Gertrude Lawrence while holding a rag doll in a sentimental solo scene. The musical ran for more than 200 performances in New York and then saw equivalent acclaim in London in 1927; all with the song as its centerpiece. Lawrence released the song as a medium-tempo single which rose to number 2 on the charts in 1927.

[…] More than 1,800 recordings of the song have been published, almost all of them performed in the slow ballad style. […]

Mary Hopkin covered “Someone To Watch Over Me” on her 1969 album “Post Card” produced by Paul McCartney.

I’m scared about this one. I loved doing it. Don’t laugh! People might laugh because they think “Oh, what on earth is she trying to do, and it doesn’t come off.” But I wanted to do it and I enjoyed doing it because it’s a sophisticated and different kind of song. And again — I’m not that kind of singer. But I always try. The backing Is Mike Cotton again — trumpet and guitar and so on.

Mary Hopkin – From New Musical Express, February 22, 1969

On Post Card, you cut those big, show–stopping songs, like “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Was Paul pushing those on you?

Not really. Paul and I talked things over. I didn’t know what I was capable of anyway, and I thought, “He must know better than I do.” I mean, I didn’t really question it. There were songs I was obviously much more comfortable with, like the Donovan songs. I was completely at ease with those, and those would’ve led directly into Earth song Ocean Song, where I did choose the songs.

Mary Hopkin – Interview with Goldmine Magazine, 1992

On the US version of “Post Card”, “Someone To Watch Over Me” was replaced by Mary Hopkin’s hit single “Those Were The Days“.

Last updated on September 25, 2021

Lyrics

There's a somebody I'm longing to see
I hope that he
Turns out to be
Someone who'll watch over me

I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood
I know I could
Always be good
To one who'll watch over me

Although he may not be the man
Some girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key

Won't you tell him please
To put on some speed
Follow my lead?
Oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me

Variations


A Stereo version

A1 Mono version

A2010 2010 remaster

Officially appears on


Post Card (UK version - Stereo)

LP • Released in 1969

2:02 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Richard Hewson :
Arrangements
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Performed by :
Mike Cotton Sound

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Mono)

LP • Released in 1969

2:02 • Studio versionA1 • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Richard Hewson :
Arrangements
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Performed by :
Mike Cotton Sound

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

2:02 • Studio versionA2010 • Stereo • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Richard Hewson :
Arrangements
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator
Performed by :
Mike Cotton Sound

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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