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Through Our Love

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

Through Our Love” is a track from 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace“. This ballad is the final track of the album.

“Through Our Love” includes the lines “We can do things they said were impossible, through our love,” which sounds like a love song to Linda “Yeah, well, in my case it would be to Linda. If it was Guy Mitchell singing it — that’s going back, let’s get a bit more modern for the younger readers — if it was Manilow or somebody singing it, you wouldn’t think ‘Oh, it’s for his girlfriend.’ Because it’s me, you think it’s for Linda. Which, as I say, for me it is, but I don’t write songs like that, I don’t write them as diaries. I remember George Harrison saying ‘l can’t write stuff like you. You write stuff like Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da about Desmond and Molly, what’s it mean? But to me its just the same as someone wrote ‘They’re having a Heatwave,’ it might have been winter when he wrote it… Songs don’t have to mean anything actually, it’s allowed to make it up. All the best stuff doesn’t mean anything… I’d like a young married couple to take it for themselves, Fred and Ena, ‘Through Our Love’ is for them as well as being my thing to Linda.”

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983
From icollector – Original handwritten draft lyrics by Paul McCartney for the song “Through Our Love,” penned by McCartney on the reverse of an 8.25 x 11.75 call sheet for the 1984 film Give My Regards to Broad Street.

From an interview with Geoff Whitehorn, playing guitar on this track:

I just did one track on Pipes Of Peace. Called Through Our Love or something.

Did you know Paul already before then?

No, No I knew … there was a guy … he had a guy who was a sort of a personal assistant/road manager or something or other, that I happened to know … Pete Fulham actually … and McCartney was just looking for sort of different players to come and contribute to the album. But I mean, I just ended up playing acoustic guitar on that one track. But it was good, because Paul was actually playing bass, George Martin was playing electric piano and Dave Mattacks played drums and we knocked this song off in about … an hour.

You went to the Air Studios in Oxford Street?

Yeah. I only had a really cheap nasty acoustic guitar I took with me in a sort of bag, you know like a canvas bag. I didn’t play much acoustics. So McCartney said “Well, better use this,” and he gave me this beautiful Gibson. It was a nice session … Linda McCartney was … charming. She gave me a book of her photographs …

On “Through Our Love”, George Martin was credited playing “bicycle,” which involved him striking a revolving cycle wheel with a ratchet to obtain a particular percussive effect! That was only one example of Paul’s search for new sounds to include on record.

From Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983

Last updated on April 25, 2020

Lyrics

We… wasted time and again,
On things… things we already knew
Born to do… To give my love to you.

Whenever you get some time
Whenever you get some time
I'd like to roll it all up in ball
And spend it with you
You've got the power of love
And love has the power to make it come true

We can go through our love
We can do things that they said were impossible
Through our love
We can do all that we want to do.
We can go through our love,
We can go through our love

Whenever you will be mine
Whenever you will be mine
I want to be with you
Just want to do whatever feels right
You've got the power of love
And love has the power to turn on the light

Here we go through our love
We can see things that they said were invisible
Through our love
We can see where we are going to
We're going through our love
Through our love we can learn to do things that
they said were impossible
Through our love
We can be blessed with a better view
We can go through our love
We can go through our love
We can go through our love

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

3:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Shaker (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Bicycle wheel, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave Mattacks :
Drums
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Geoff Whitehorn :
Acoustic guitar
Unknown musician(s) :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 14, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 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, Shaker (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Bicycle wheel, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave Mattacks :
Drums
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Geoff Whitehorn :
Acoustic guitar
Unknown musician(s) :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 14, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 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

3:27 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Shaker (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Bicycle wheel, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave Mattacks :
Drums
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Geoff Whitehorn :
Acoustic guitar
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Unknown musician(s) :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 14, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 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

4:05 • Interview


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Shaker (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Bicycle wheel, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave Mattacks :
Drums
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Geoff Whitehorn :
Acoustic guitar
Unknown musician(s) :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 14, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 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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