The Paul McCartney Project

Sweetest Little Show

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Sweetest Little Show” is a track from 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace“.

That just came out of a jam, just a little chord sequence which was lying around for a while. It nearly got into a medley with two other pieces, and we suddenly didn’t like the two other pieces, but we liked “The Sweetest Little Show” bit. So then I added the guitar show — I fancied playing a bit of guitar — so I played a little bit of acoustic in the middle of it, and that got a little bit of applause and that became the Little Show. So it became its own little thing. I quite like that track, it’s just a soft little track.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983

Last updated on February 23, 2020

Lyrics

Well they can treat you like a brother
Yeah they can treat you like a clown
But if they treat you like a lover
They've got the sweetest little show in town
You got the sweetest little show
Sweetest little show
Sweetest little show in town

You've been around a long time
But you're still good for a while
And if they try to criticize you
Make them smile, make them smile

And if they treat you like a brother,
Well, you will never let them down
But if they treat you like a lover
They've got the sweetest little show in town
They've got the sweetest little show
Sweetest little show in town

You got the sweetest little show
Sweetest little show
Sweetest little show in town

You got the sweetest little show
Sweetest little show
Sweetest little show in town

- guitar piece -

You got the sweetest little show
Sweetest little show…

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

2:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Castanets (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar, Piano (?), Shaker (?), Synthesizers (?), Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 02, 1981
Studio:
Parkgate Studio, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
Jul 11, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jan 25, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, 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

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Castanets (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar, Piano (?), Shaker (?), Synthesizers (?), Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 02, 1981
Studio:
Parkgate Studio, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
Jul 11, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jan 25, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

2:52 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Castanets (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar, Piano (?), Shaker (?), Synthesizers (?), Vocals, Vocoder
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Sam Okell:
Remastering
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jan 02, 1981
Studio:
Parkgate Studio, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
Jul 11, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jan 25, 1983
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:01 • DemoB

Paul McCartney:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Alex Wharton:
Mastering

Session Recording:
August 1980
Studio:
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.15

Unofficial album

2:58 • Studio version


Unsurpassed Rudeness

Unofficial album

3:01 • Outtake


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

2:56 • Outtake • In Town


Rude Studio Demos

Unofficial album • Released in 1989

2:57 • Demo

Session Recording:
August 1980
Studio:
Parkgate Studio, Sussex, UK


Oobu Joobu Part 14

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

3:01 • Radio show


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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