The Paul McCartney Project

Talk More Talk

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986

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Song facts

Talk More Talk” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“.

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

This piece of controlled eccentricity stands out for its syncopation even on Press. Indistinct conversation leads into Paul duetting with himself in superb style. “The basic track was done in a day. Lyrically it was picking out quotes that I liked from, I think, a Tom Waits interview. ‘I don’t actually like sitting-down music’, great things like that“. There’s a 12-string guitar in there somewhere and slowed-down and speeded-up voices express great thoughts like ‘All he wants is a handyman; all he wants is quick service‘ and ‘I hear water going through the pipes‘. Great.

Last updated on June 16, 2019

Lyrics

Spoken word:
A master can highlight the phrases,
Sleazy instruments, half talked, half baked ideas...
Dad, you didn't say O.K...
The window was open, outside was a spaceship,
(A master can highlight the phrases) it took off into the sky
leaving a trail of smoke behind it...

Short of the standard. Was it the sum?
What was rehearsal? Conventional drum?
Not quite a hundred. Less than a ton.
Clearly the time came, the plan had begun.

With talk, more talk. Chat, more chat,
Words of a feather are worn in a hat.
Talk, more talk. Chat more chat.
I'm happy to do it for you…

Developed since earlier days at the school.
Cheapest sensations were used as a rule.
Outstanding to memory, major free flow.
Bio-degradable, look out below for…

Talk more talk,
Oh I love to hear the gentle sound
Of conversation sprinkled around
A room where I can be at one with you for…

Talk more talk. Chat more chat,
Words of a feather are worn in a hat.

Talk more talk. Chat more chat. Happy to do it for you…
I'm happy to do it for you… I'm happy to do it for you…
I'm Happy to do it, I'm happy to do it..
I'm happy to do it for you.

Digital organ, finishing stretch,
Instrumentation, analogue Gretsch.
Not quite a thousand, lower than that.
Possible bargain for listening at that…

Talk, more talk. Chat, more chat,
Words of a feather are worn in a hat.
Talk more talk. Chat more chat.
I'm happy to do it for you…

Spoken word:
All you want is a handyman and all you want is quick service.
Because I'm a house owner. I am a house owner.
It may be worth something someday.
I hear water going through the pipes.
I don't actually like sitting down music. Music is ideas.

Talk, more talk. Chat, more chat.
Words of a feather are worn in a hat.
Talk more talk. Chat more chat.
Talk, more talk. Chat, more chat.
Words of a feather are worn in a hat.
Talk more talk. Chat more chat.

Spoken word:
A master can tell, highlight the phrases his words to digress.
Grey flannel trousers…Grey flannel trousers.
A blazer and grey flannel trousers.

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

5:18 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Vocals
James McCartney :
Vocals
John Hammel :
Vocals
Matt Howe :
Vocals
Steve Jackson :
Vocals

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Only Love Remains / Tough On A Tightrope

12" Single • Released in 1986

5:56 • Studio version


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

5:18 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

4:05 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

3:37 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

5:41 • Studio version


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:09 • Rough mix


UK Singles Collection - Volume 03

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

5:53 • Studio version • Remix


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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