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The Lovely Linda

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1969 (Paul McCartney was 27 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney" session (home recordings)

December 1969 to Jan 03, 1970



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Song facts

The Lovely Linda” is the opening track of Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, released in April 1970. From Wikipedia:

Paul McCartney wrote “The Lovely Linda” in Scotland during 1969, when he and wife Linda Eastman were living at their farm, High Park, in Campbeltown. The song is dedicated to McCartney’s first wife and was a reply-of-sorts to Beatles bandmate John Lennon’s public declarations of love for his wife, Yoko Ono. “The Lovely Linda” was released as the opening track on McCartney’s eponymous debut solo album, and was the first song taped for the album. McCartney recorded the composition shortly before Christmas in December 1969, in order to test his then-new 4-track recorder, which he had installed in his home studio in London.

At 42 seconds, it is the shortest song in McCartney’s catalogue. […]

When the Studer 4 track was installed at home, this was the first song I recorded, to test the machine. On the first track was vocal and guitar, second – another acoustic guitar – then overdubbed hand slaps on a book, and finally bass. Written in Scotland, the song is a trailer to the full song which will be recorded in the future.

Paul McCartney, from the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

The full song has never been released. As McCartney explained in 2001:

That was when Linda and I first got together. The record is me playing around the house. You hear her walking through the living room doorway out to the garden, and the door squeaks at the end of the tape. That’s one of the songs from my personal experience, with “the flowers in her hair.” She often used to wear flowers in her hair, so it’s a direct diary. I was always going to finish it, and I had another bit that went into a Spanish song, almost mariachi, but it just appeared as a fragment and was quite nice for that reason. It opened the “McCartney” album, so it’s evocative of it now.

Paul McCartney, interview with Billboard, 2001

In the opening track, The Lovely Linda, you can hear the door squeak as Linda came in while I was recording. It was a good take, so we left it in.

Paul McCartney in the “Wingspan” documentary, 2001

From Paul McCartney in His Own Words, by Paul Gambaccini:

Did you feel scared when McCartney was released, since that was your debut and the first song was pegged at you?

Linda: No. I didn’t take it as seriously as I probably should have. I think it was good copy at the lime to slag everything. Everybody was getting slugged, the Beatles were getting slagget. I personally didn’t realize you had to explain yourself a lot once you get in the public eye. I just carried on with my normal life, like I had in New York, and I just got all this slagging. It never really brought me down much, though.

Linda McCartney

The Lovely Linda” was reworked as a classical piece in 1999, and released on “Working Classical“. In 2001, Paul McCartney recorded a version of “The Lovely Linda” on acoustic guitar which appeared on a radio show to promote the “Wingspan” compilation and on the Wingspan TV special.

Last updated on June 7, 2020

Lyrics

La, la, la, la, la the lovely Linda,
with the lovely flowers in her hair.

La, la, la, la, la the lovely Linda,
with the lovely flowers in her hair.

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

0:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1992

0:46 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

0:46 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

0:55 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Steve Rooke :
Mastering
Krista Bennion Feeney :
First violin
Anca Nicolau :
Second violin
Joanna Hood :
Viola
Myron Lutzke :
Cello
Performed by :
Loma Mar Quartet
John Fraser :
Producer
Roberto Pansera :
Arranger
Arne Akselberg :
Balance engineer
Paul Baily :
Editor
Caroline Haigh :
Editor

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

0:46 • Studio versionA2001 • 2001 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Geoff Emerick :
Remastering
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

0:46 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (50th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 2020

0:46 • Studio versionA2020 • 2020 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:35 • LiveL1 • From "Wingspan Memorial Day Special" radio show

Concert From "Wingspan: Memorial Day Weekend Special" in , USA on May 25, 2001


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.25

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:34 • LiveL1 • From "Wingspan Memorial Day Special" radio show

Concert From "Wingspan: Memorial Day Weekend Special" in , USA on May 25, 2001


Together On Stage: "Adopt-A-Minefield"

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

0:55 • LiveL1 • From "Wingspan Memorial Day Special" radio show

Concert From "Wingspan: Memorial Day Weekend Special" in , USA on May 25, 2001


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Percussion, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Live performances

“The Lovely Linda” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Wingspan: Memorial Day Weekend Special

May 25, 2001 • USA • Radio show


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