The Paul McCartney Project

The Puppy Song

Written by Harry Nilsson

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of Postcard:

Harry Nilsson’s records were on everyone’s turntables at Apple, from press officer Derek Taylor to all four Beatles, and Apple would have signed him if it wasn’t for his existing RCA contract. Mary refers to Harry as “my hero”. Paul requested something just for Mary, and Harry sent ‘The Puppy Song’. Paul double-tracked Mary’s vocals and her version proved popular at Apple, and almost became her second UK single, eventually losing out to a new song of Paul’s, also especially written. This was ‘Goodbye‘, an upbeat sure-fire hit featuring Paul slapping his thighs for percussion.

Last updated on November 2, 2019

Lyrics

Dreams are nothin' more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream
You wish to come true
Woo-oo, woo-oo

If only I could have a puppy
I'd call myself so very lucky
Just to have some company
To share a cup of tea with me

I'd take that puppy ev'rywhere
La-la, la-la, I wouldn't care
But we would stay away from crowds
And signs that said "No dogs allowed"
Oh we, I'd know he'd never bite me, oh no
We would know he'd never bite me, oh no

If only I could have a friend
To stick with me until the end
To walk along beside the sea
And share a bit of moon with me

I'd take my friend most ev'rywhere
La-la, la-la, I wouldn't care
But we would stay away from crowds
And signs that said "No friends allowed"
Oh we, would be so happy together, oh yeah
We would be so happy to be

Dreams are nothin' more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream
You wish to come true
Wah-oo, wah-oo

Dreams are nothin' more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream
You wish to come true
Oo, oo-oo

Dreams are nothin' more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream
You wish to come true
Wah-oo, wah-oo

Dreams are nothing more than wishes

Officially appears on


Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

2:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin:
Vocals

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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