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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
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Some other songs dedicated to Linda

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Lovely Linda” is a song by English musician Paul McCartney, released as the opening track of his debut solo album, McCartney, in April 1970. McCartney wrote the song to his first wife, Linda Eastman.

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. […]

Paul McCartney writing in the liner notes of “McCartney”, April 1970:

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 in the “Wingspan” documentary, 2001:

I really had to ask myself, “Do I want to give up music, or keep going?” I got a four-track Studer recording machine, like the Beatles used for Sgt. Pepper, put it in the corner of the living-room at my house in London and tried a very simple technique of just plugging directly into the back, not going through a mixing desk. It’s a cool way to record because it’s pure. If, say, I was doing a drum track, I’d play the drums, record it with one microphone, listen to it back, move the mike a little if there wasn’t enough hi-hat or cymbal, and then re-record. Then I’d add bass by plugging the mike into track two and overdubbing while listening to track one through headphones. I’d do that with all with four tracks. It was very hands-on, primitive way of working. 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. I made the whole McCartney album like that, and when I needed to go further we used a little studio in Willesden called Morgan, just to get a bit more high-tech. But I played all the instruments and we did a few harmonies together. It was funky, and still sounds good to me.

From BeatlesBible:

Although in the press release issued with promotional copies of the album McCartney claimed a fuller song would be recorded and issued at a later date, nothing was ever released. When interviewed in 2001, however, he explained his original plans for the song.

“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.” Paul McCartney, 2001

A reworking of The Lovely Linda was the final tune on McCartney’s 1999 orchestral album Working Classical.

From Paul McCartney in His Own Words:

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

Last updated on November 10, 2018

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, Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer

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

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


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

0:55 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
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 versionA

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

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

Recording:
January 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

0:46 • Studio versionA

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

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

Recording:
January 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Together On Stage: "Adopt-A-Minefield"

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

0:55 • Radio show • "Wingspan Memorial Day Special"


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.25

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:34 • Studio version


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:46 • Studio versionA


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:35 • Studio version • [Wingspan version]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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