The Paul McCartney Project

The Game

Written by George Martin

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of Postcard:

The most enigmatic selection on Post Card is ‘The Game’. It is an evocative work, with deceptively simple words and music, both written by George Martin. He recalled the song for his book Playback but disclosed little: “I’d written a tune, and when I played it to Paul he said he liked it and wanted to use it for Mary. I then went away and concocted a lyric — which was rather rare for me — and she recorded it as ‘The Game’. I played piano on the track too.” Mary adds: “George arranged it as well. He is lovely, it’s a beautiful song, and it was a privilege to work with him.”

Last updated on November 2, 2019


I wondered why
All the good things happened to pass me by
Life was the game we?played

You?came along
And you?touched my heart with your lonely?song
This was the game we played

So afraid
Frightened that one day your love would slip away from me

But then you'd gone
And the good things happened to turn out wrong
Life was the game you played your way

Losing my heart I know
I let you go

Officially appears on

Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

2:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Ken Scott:
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin:

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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