The Paul McCartney Project

That Would Be Something

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

Other songs from "McCartney" appearing on "Unplugged" (1991)

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Song facts

From Beatles Bible:

The second song to be recorded at Paul McCartney’s home studio in London, That Would Be Something was also the second song on his debut solo album.

Like the first song, The Lovely Linda, it was written at High Park Farm, McCartney’s Scottish retreat. […]

Along with Valentine Day, That Would Be Something was mixed at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, on 22 February 1970. On that day he also recorded the songs Every Night and Maybe I’m Amazed.

Although he was largely disdainful of the McCartney album, George Harrison praised That Would Be Something upon its release.

That Would Be Something and Maybe I’m Amazed I think are great and everything else I think is fair, you know. It’s quite good, but a little disappointing, but maybe I shouldn’t be disappointed, it’s best not to expect anything, then everything’s a bonus. I think those two tracks are very good and the others just don’t do anything for me.” George Harrison, 1970

McCartney first performed the song live on 25 January 1991, during the recording of Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), which was released later that year.

From the liner notes of the McCartney album:

This song was written in Scotland in 1969 and recorded at home in London – mixed later at EMI (No. 2). I only had one mike, as the mixer and VU meters hadn’t arrived (still haven’t).

Last updated on January 24, 2015

Lyrics

That would be something
It really would be something
that would be something
To meet you in the falling rain, momma,
meet you in the falling rain.

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer

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

Mixed:
January 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

4:02 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer

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

Recording:
January 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

Live performances

“That Would Be Something” has been played in 7 concerts.

Latest concerts where “That Would Be Something” has been played








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