The Paul McCartney Project

The Note You Never Wrote

Album This song officially appears on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Lyrics

Later on, the story goes
A bottle floated out to sea
After days, when it had found the perfect spot
It opened up
And I read the note
That you never wrote to me
After all, I’m sure you know
The Mayor of Baltimore is here
After days now he can finally appear
Now at last he’s here
But he never is gonna get my vote
Cos he never is gonna get a quote
From the little note that you never wrote to me
Further on, along the line
I was arrested on the shore
Holding papers of governments galore
I was taken in
But I read the note that you never wrote
Yes, I read the note that you never wrote
Oh, I read the note that you never wrote to me
To me. To me. To me

Officially appears on


Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Official album • Released in 1976

4:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric piano (?), Flute (?), Mellotron (?), Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine (?)
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Flute (?), Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Joe English:
Drums, Percussion, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Mixing engineer
Fiachra Trench:
String arrangement

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


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:29 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

4:29 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

4:19 • Alternate take • No strings


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:21 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:16 • Studio version • [no strings]


Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:17 • Outtake • Basic Track, No Horns

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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