The Paul McCartney Project

The Other Me

Written by Paul McCartney

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 1982 (Paul McCartney was 40 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

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

“The Other Me” is Paul McCartney alone, playing synthesiser, piano and guitar, and lyrically, could be interpreted as his comment on the critics image of him. Something he was swift to deny: “Oh no, it’s never that. They always say that. I released ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb,’ and they said that was my answer to the BBC banning me. It’s a nice way to think of it, but I didn’t do it for the critics, it was for my daughter, who’s name is Mary, and who had a little lamb! All this reading into stuff, I never do stuff like that. It had never occurred to me that ‘Walk On By’ — for those older listeners and readers — ‘Walk On By’ was a naughty song, until a vicar mentioned it on the radio, and said it’s all about adultery! So, anyway, this one is actually just a song about the other man in me, the new man in me, the other side of me that’s lurking and waiting to get out… There’s a kind of latent possibility in everyone and when they’re teriffic and have had a valium they’re all lovely people, and love people… When they haven’t had their pill, they’re not so nice, and it’s the other side of me is what I am conscious of trying to reach in myself… For me, there’s a side of me I don’t like so much, there’s a side of me that I prefer. I suppose the thing is to try and get a little more in contact with the side of myself that I prefer, and control myself, instead of just flying off the handle.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983

Last updated on February 23, 2020

Lyrics

I know I was a crazy fool
For treating you the way I did
But something took hold of me
And I acted like a dustbin lid

I didn't give a second thought
To what the consequences might be
I really wouldn't be surprised
If you were trying to find another me

CHORUS
The other me would rather be the glad one
The other me would rather play the fool
I want to be the kind of me
That doesn't let you down as a rule

I know it doesn't take a lot
To have a little self-control
But every time that I forgot
Well I landed in another hole

But every time you pull me out
I find it harder not to see
That we can build a better life
If I can try to find the other me

- CHORUS -

But if I ever hurt you
Well you know that it's not real
It's not easy living by yourself
So imagine how I feel

I wish I could take it back
I'd like to make a different mood
And if you let me try again
I'll have a better attitude

Well I know that one and one makes two
And that's what I want us to be
I really would appreciate it
If you'd help me find another me

- CHORUS -

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Keyboards (?), Piano (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 11, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 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

Studio versionA • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Keyboards (?), Piano (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 11, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 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

3:58 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Keyboards (?), Piano (?), Tambourine (?), 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

Session Recording:
Jan 11, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 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

0:41 • Studio version • Rough Mix


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:17 • Interview


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Keyboards (?), Piano (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 11, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 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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