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The Back Seat Of My Car

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Ram Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Back Seat of My Car” is a song written by Paul McCartney and released by him and his wife Linda McCartney as the last track on the 1971 album Ram. Several months later, it was released as a single in the UK, peaking at number 39. The song modulates stylistically between a sweeping piano-and-orchestra ballad similar to McCartney’s “The Long and Winding Road” and upbeat rock sections before ending in a raucous and passionate finale.

McCartney first presented this composition for The Beatles’ consideration during the Get Back rehearsals on 14 January 1969 at Twickenham Film Studios in London, but the album was aborted before anything could be done with the song, which eventually did not make it onto Let It Be either.

John Lennon felt that this song, among others on the album, was directed critically towards him; in particular, he perceived the protagonists who sing “We believe that we can’t be wrong” to be himself and Yoko Ono. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said the song demonstrated the “imaginative and gorgeous” arrangements on Ram and called the song its “sad, soaring finale.”

“Back Seat of My Car” is the ultimate teenage song, and even though it was a long time since I was a teenager and had to go to a girl’s dad and explain myself, it’s that kind of meet-the-parents song. It’s a good old driving song. [Sings] “We can make it to Mexico City.” I’ve never driven to Mexico City, but it’s imagination. And obviously “back seat” is snogging, making love.

Paul McCartney, “Paul McCartney On His Not-So-Silly Love Songs”. Billboard.

Last updated on November 21, 2018

Lyrics

Speeding along the highway, honey I want it my way,
But listen to her daddy's song,
Don't stay out too long,
Were just busy hidin', sittin' in the back seat of my car.

Lookin' all around and all about
Lookin' all around and all about
The maze of lights are pretty, we may end up in Mexico City,
But listen to her daddy's song, making love is wrong,
We're just busy ridin', sittin' in the back seat of my car.

For we was only hidin', sitting in the back seat of my car,
And when we've finished drivin' we can say we were late in arrivin',
And listen to her daddy's song,
We believe that we can't be wrong,
Ah we believe that we can't be wrong,
Ah we believe that we can't be wrong.

We can make it to Mexico City, sittin' in the backseat of my car.

Ah we believe that we can't be wrong,
Ah we believe that we can't be wrong,
Ah we believe that we can't be wrong,
No no no,
No we believe that we can't be wrong.

Officially appears on


Ram

Official album • Released in 1971

4:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Overdubs:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Overdubs:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


The Back Seat of My Car

7" Single • Released in 1971

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Thrillington

Official album • Released in 1977

4:51 • Studio versionC • Instrumental version

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Jim Lawless:
Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
?:
Horns, Recorder, Saxophone, Strings
Carl Dolmetsch:
Recorder
Carl Dolmetsch Family:
Recorders

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Ram (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:30 • Studio versionA

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Overdubs:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Overdubs:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

4:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Wingspan: Hits & History [CD Sampler]

Official album • Released in 2001

4:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Motor Of Love

Official album • Released in 2005

4:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

4:31 • Studio versionA • Stereo version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

4:30 • Studio versionB • Mono • Mono album: 2012 remaster


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

4:50 • Studio versionC2012 • Thrillington: 2012 remaster

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Jim Lawless:
Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
?:
Horns, Recorder, Saxophone, Strings
Carl Dolmetsch:
Recorder
Carl Dolmetsch Family:
Recorders

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 14th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

4:11 • Rehearsal • Jan.14 - D1-23 - The Back Seat Of My Car 14.22

Session Recording:
Jan 14, 1969
Studio:
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 14th, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

3:21 • Rehearsal • Jan.14 - D1-24 - The Back Seat Of My Car 14.23

Session Recording:
Jan 14, 1969
Studio:
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

5:20 • Outtake • Early take - Ram sessions 11/70 - 3/71


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

5:22 • Outtake • backing track


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

3:02 • Demo • 1/14/69

Recording:
Jan 14, 1969


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Angel Reyes Martinez 2 years ago

Mexico 2017 Live - Azteca Stadium, Short version


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thank you ! Indeed, Paul has sung a few words after "My Valentine" - "The lazy lights are pretty, we may end up in Mexico City"