The First Stone

Album This song officially appears on the This One / The First Stone 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989

Song facts

The First Stone” is the first song co-written by Paul McCartney & Hamish Stuart, released in 1989 as the B-Side of the “This One” single.

Last updated on March 29, 2017

Lyrics

Hey, you sinners, open all the doors,
Have I got news for you
About that money loving preach of yours.

Friday night you'll find him taking pictures
Of a model in a cheap hotel.
Sunday morning he's raving from the pulpit,
Threatening to send us all to hell, well, well.

Don't throw, don't throw, don't throw,
Don't throw any stones.
If you can't live by what you teach,
You better leave alone.

Don't throw, don't throw, don't throw,
Don't throw any stones.
Unless you practice what you preach,
You'll never find love.

Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love.

Don't throw, don't throw, don't throw,
Don't throw any stones.
If you can't live by what you teach,
You better leave alone.

Don't throw, don't throw, don't throw,
Don't throw any stones.
Unless you practice what you preach,
You'll never find love.

Hey, you sinners, well, you never can tell,
The glory train is leaving in the morning
But the preacher's there to say farewell, well, well.

Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love,
Can't find love.

Yet be you who is without sins, cast the first stone.
(the first stone, the first stone, the first stone)

Can't find love,
Can't find love,
You can't find love,
You can't find love.

Officially appears on


This One / The First Stone

7" Single • Released in 1989

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

This One

CD Single • Released in 1989

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

This One

12" Single • Released in 1989

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Flowers In The Dirt - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2017

4:07 • Studio versionA2017 • 2017 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

4:07 • Studio versionA2017

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


B-Sides Complete Vol. 3

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

UK Singles Collection - Volume 04

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

"B" Sides Himself

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Guitars, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Guitars
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Chris Whitten :
Drum samples, Drums
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 13, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Latest concerts where The First Stone has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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