The Paul McCartney Project

Step Inside Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Step Inside Love 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other Lennon-McCartney songs given away to Cilla Black

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Step Inside Love” is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited as “Lennon–McCartney”) for Cilla Black in 1967 as a theme for her TV series Cilla, which first aired on 30 January 1968.

Background

In late 1967 McCartney was approached to write the theme by Cilla and her series producer Michael Hurll. He recorded the original demo version at his London home, accompanying himself on guitar, which consisted of just one verse and the chorus.

Black’s recording of this song was used as the theme during the early weeks of the show, until it was decided that the song needed an additional verse, so McCartney came to the BBC Theatre and wrote it there. According to Hurll, the opening line of the second verse (“You look tired, love“) came from McCartney’s observation of Cilla looking tired from the long rehearsals for the TV show. McCartney then added a third verse and this version was recorded as a studio demo at Chappell Studios in London on 21 November 1967, with McCartney on guitar accompanying Cilla on vocals. This demo was the basis for the single, although where the McCartney demos were recorded in the key of D, the final arrangement of the single version was transposed up a fourth to G, to take advantage of Cilla’s higher register.

The single version of the song (with Cilla singing live over the studio backing track) was premiered on 5 March 1968 edition of her show; the single was released on 8 March 1968, and reached number eight on the British charts in April 1968. The record also reached Number 15 in Ireland in the same month. The recording was also featured on Black’s third solo studio album Sher-oo! Remixed club versions of Cilla’s original 1960s vocal were released in 2009 on her album Cilla All Mixed Up.

In 2002, DJ Tommy Sandhu managed to coax Cilla back into the recording studio to re-record “Step Inside Love“. Sandhu then remixed the song and 3,000 white labels of it were sent to British clubs under the name “TS vs CB“. The 12” charted at number three on Music Week’s club chart. A maxi single of all of these remixes was released to download worldwide on 30 November 2009.

In 2010, during a BBC interview, Black revealed that the song had been banned in South Africa due to fears that the lyrics contained hidden sexual elements.

The grave marker beneath the headstone on Black’s burial plot in Allerton Cemetery is enscribed with six of the seven lines from the third verse of “Step Inside Love“: lyrics from Black’s hits “Alfie” and “You’re My World” also appear on the marker. (The black marble headstone and marker were installed 18 April 2016 some eight months after Black’s 1 August 2015 passing: following the December 2015 theft of its original bronze nameplate Black’s grave remained unmarked until dryer weather permitted the installation of the marble headstone and marker.)

McCartney recording

McCartney recorded the song on 16 September 1968 during The Beatles (a.k.a. “The White Album“) sessions, but it did not appear on the album. After ad libbing “Step Inside Love“, McCartney led the group into “Los Paranoias“, which (despite George Harrison not being present) was credited to all four members of the band. The two songs were released as a single CD track on Anthology 3 in 1996. […]

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

I ended up writing a few songs for Cilla, actually. Step Inside Love was a later one. Cilla Black was getting her first TV show with a guy called Michael Hurll and they came to see me backstage somewhere and asked me, would I write the theme tune for it, so I said yes. I did a little demo of it, with myself double-tracked, up at Cavendish, and that was it. I quite like the song, it’s very cabaret, it suited her voice. It was just a welcoming song for Cilla.

Last updated on July 3, 2017

Lyrics

Step inside love
Let me find you a place, where the cares of the day
Will be carried away by the smile on your face
We are together now and forever, come my way

Step inside love, and stay
Step inside love, step inside love
Step inside love, I want you to stay

You look tired love,
Let me turn down the light, come in out of the cold
Rest your head on my shoulder and love me tonight
I'll always be here if you should need me, night and day

Step inside love, and stay
Step inside love, step inside love
Step inside love, I want you to stay

When you leave me
Say you'll see me again, for I know in my heart
We will not be apart, and I'll miss you 'Til then,
we'll be together now and forever, come my way

Step inside love, and stay
Step inside love, I want you to, step inside love
You know I do, step inside love
I want you to stay

Officially appears on


Step Inside Love

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA

George Martin:
Producer
Cilla Black:
Vocals

Recording:
Feb 28, 1968


The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

Official album • Released in 1979

2:21 • Studio versionA

George Martin:
Producer
Cilla Black:
Vocals

Recording:
Feb 28, 1968


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:31 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Medley with "Los Paranoias". During a light-hearted recording session for I Will, Paul frequently slipped into "jamming" mode, sometimes at the behest of John and Ringo who were sitting close at hand providing the percussion that augmented his acoustic guitar track. On of the off-the-cuff pieces was Step Inside Love - written by Paul in 1967 expressly for Cilla Black to sing as the theme tune for her first TV series, Cilla, that began on the BBC on 30 January 1968. The Beatles never recorded a formal studio recording of the song, and this version, performed by the composer many months after Cilla's recording, was simply an ad-lib re-acquaintance with the piece.

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Claves
John Lennon:
Percussion
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 16, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Outtake • Studio jam

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

5:20 • Demo • 9/16/68

Recording:
Sep 16, 1968


White Album Sessions Volume 1

Unofficial album

1:27 • Studio version • I Will Take 34 () Stereo


Complete Home Recordings 1967-68

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

2:16 • Demo


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 31th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

3:07 • Rehearsal • Jan.31 - D1-11 - Step Inside Love 31.10

Session Recording:
Jan 31, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 31th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:15 • Rehearsal • Jan.31 - D1-18 - Step Inside Love 31.17

Session Recording:
Jan 31, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.