The Paul McCartney Project

The Man

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1981 (Paul McCartney was 39 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




Mixing "The Man"

Jun 08, 1983


Recording "The Man"

Aug 25, 1983

Other collaborations with Michael Jackson


Say Say Say

Officially appears on Pipes Of Peace


The Girl Is Mine

Officially appears on The Girl Is Mine

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Song facts

The Man” is a track from 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace“.

[…] if you say ‘The Man’, it can mean God, it can mean ‘Women, listen to your man’, it can mean so many things. Later I did a song with Michael Jackson called ‘The Man’ and again, it’s quite nice leaving things ambiguous: I’m sure for Michael, probably ‘The Man’ meant God.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N°47/48, Spring 1988, commenting about the song “Listen To What The Man Said”

The Man” was scheduled to be the third single out of “Pipes Of Peace“, after “Pipes Of Peace” and “Say Say Say“. The release date was set for February 13th, 1984 (under the catalog number Parlophone R 6066). But after Paul and Linda’s drug bust in Barbados and London in January, the release got cancelled. Interestingly the B-side was to be the still unreleased as of 2020, “Blackpool“.

A 12″ version (Parlophone 12 R 6066″) was also scheduled with “The Man” [extended version]/”The Man” [instrumental version]”/”Blackpool”. The extended version has never surfaced.

From puremccartney.com – PAUL DURING THE RECORDING SESSIONS FOR ‘SAY SAY SAY’ AND ‘THE MAN’, ODYSSEY STUDIOS, LONDON, 1981

Last updated on April 5, 2020

Lyrics

There's a man
Who plays the game of life so well
There's such a man
His thoughts you can never tell

And it's just the way he thought it would be
'Cause the day has come for him to be free
Then he laughs, he kicks then rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

CHORUS
And it's just the way he thought it would be
'Cause the day has come for him to be free
Then he laughs, and kicks and rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

There's a man
Everybody thought they knew
There's such a man
He's not like me and you

And it's just the way she thought it would be
As he says, something has happened to me
Then he laughs he kicks and rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

CHORUS
And it's just the way he thought it would be
'Cause the day has come for him to be free
Then he laughs, as he smiles and rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

Did you know
This man can do anything?
There's such a man
I wish that we could bring

And it's just the way he thought it would be
'Cause the day has come for him to be free,
Then he laughs, he kicks then rolls up his sleeves,
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

CHORUS
And it's just the way he thought it would be
'Cause the day has come for him to be free
Then he laughs, and kicks and rolls up his sleeves
I'm alive and I'm here forever
This is the man

This is the man
This is the man
This is the man

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Flutes, Strings

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs ? :
April 1982 ?
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Recording:
Aug 25, 1983
Studio :
Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Jun 08, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:55 • Studio versionA • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Flutes, Strings

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs ? :
April 1982 ?
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Recording:
Aug 25, 1983
Studio :
Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Jun 08, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:55 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Unknown musician(s) :
Flutes, Strings

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs ? :
April 1982 ?
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Recording:
Aug 25, 1983
Studio :
Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Jun 08, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:00 • Studio version • Rough Mix (Unknown Acetate)


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:58 • Interview


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Flutes, Strings

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs ? :
April 1982 ?
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Recording:
Aug 25, 1983
Studio :
Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Jun 08, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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