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Teddy Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Teddy Boy” is a song by Paul McCartney and was first released on his first solo album McCartney, released in April 1970 after the Beatles disbanded.

It was written by McCartney during the Beatles’ stay in India, and originally recorded during the 1969 sessions for what would become The Beatles’ Let It Be album. Several versions exist, all of which are acoustic, some of them including electric guitar by George Harrison or improvised harmony vocals by McCartney and John Lennon.

According to Paul McCartney in the documentary Wingspan, he wrote this song for the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions, but due to tension in the group at the time nobody had the patience to work with it. Still, the Beatles recorded the song 6 times in January 1969, at their Apple Studios in London. A composite version made of two of these recordings was released in 1996 on the Anthology 3 album.

From BeatlesBible:

The Beatles recorded six versions of Teddy Boy on 24 January 1969, although a brief snippet of the song had been played two weeks before at Twickenham Film Studios.

One of the versions from this day, lasting nearly six minutes, was mixed by Glyn Johns for the aborted Get Back album. When Teddy Boy eventually surfaced on Anthology 3, however, it was an edited version comprising parts of this version and another from 28 January. […] McCartney revived the song on 28 January, taking The Beatles through a further two attempts. The longer of the two was used for the first part of the Anthology 3 edit.

Another version of Teddy Boy was recorded the towards the end of the following day’s session, after The Beatles had performed a number of rock ‘n’ roll oldies, McCartney chose to lead the group into a final rehearsal. This arrangement was more rock-oriented, in contrast to the acoustic-based earlier attempts.

On 31 January, during final filming for the Let It Be movie, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg runs through a potential list of songs to include. He suggests filming the group playing Teddy Boy, although is promptly disabused of the notion by a regretful McCartney. […] But there was no return to the Get Back project. The Beatles gladly moved on to new recordings, and never again attempted Teddy Boy.

On 10 March Glyn Johns made a stereo mix of a 24 January performance of the song, considering it a potential contender for the Get Back LP.

Phil Spector also mixed the song. He evidently thought it suitable for the Let It Be album, although it was never used. On 25 March 1970 Spector made two stereo mixes: the first was faithful to the 25 January recording; the other was an edited version lasting 3’10”.

From the liner notes of the McCartney album:

Another song started in India and completed in Scotland and London, gradually. This one was recorded for Get Back film but later not used. Rerecorded partly at home…(guitar, voices and bass)…and finished at Morgan. Linda and I sing the backing harmonies on the chorus and occasional oos.” -McCartney 1970

Paul McCartney in 1996, about the version in Anthology:

“We’ve now put together a version, an edit of one of the takes of us trying it, which sounds interesting. You can hear on it that the band wasn’t very interested in it. I don’t know why. Maybe I hadn’t finished it enough or something. Maybe it was just tension coming in. The bit I’d like to keep actually was John sort of making fun of it. He starts towards the end of it, going, ‘Grab your partners, do-si-do,’ so we’ve kept that on. And while it was, in some way, indicative of friction, it was good-humoured friction.”

Last updated on January 24, 2015

Lyrics

This is the story of a boy named Ted,
If his mother said, Ted be good, he would,
She told him tales about his soldier dad, but it
made her sad, then she'd cry, oh my !
Ted used to tell her he'd be twice as good, and he
knew he could, ‘cos in his head, he said

Momma don't worry now
Teddy Boy's here,
Taking good care of you
Momma don't worry your Teddy Boy's here,
Teddy's gonna see you through.

Then came the day she found herself a man,
Teddy turned and ran, far away - O.K.
He couldn't stand to see his mother in love with
another man, he didn't know oh no !
He found a place where he could settle down,
And from time to time, in his head, he said…

Momma don't worry…
…and she said,

Teddy don't worry, now mummy is here,
taking good care of you…
Teddy don't worry your mummy is here,
mommy's gonna see you through.

This is the story of a boy named Ted, if his
mother said, Ted be good, he would…

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Overdubs:
February, 1970
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:18 • OuttakeB • Stereo • A combination of two performances of Teddy Boy [...] Neither was an attempt at laying down a definitive "take", hence the talking in the background, John's barn-dance calls and the feedback, but Paul was clearly using the opportunity to offer up his new song for consideration by the others.

Glyn Johns:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Session Recording:
Jan 28, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

4:44 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D2-07 - Teddy Boy 24.32

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

7:24 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D2-08 - Teddy Boy 24.33

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 28th, 1969 - 5 & 6

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

9:21 • Rehearsal • Jan.28 - D6-02 - Teddy Boy 28.83

Session Recording:
Jan 28, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

0:35 • Demo • 1/9/69

Recording:
Jan 09, 1969


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

7:40 • Demo • 1/24/69

Recording:
Jan 24, 1969


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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