The Paul McCartney Project

To You

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Back To The Egg" sessions #1

June 29 - July 27, 1978

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Song facts

That was the first song we recorded, and when we did my guitar solo on that, Paul was manually operating an Eventide harmonizer (which offered such new-fangled options as pitch shifting, delay and feedback regeneration). So, I was hearing everything in the headphones, but it wouldn’t necessarily be the note I actually played. I would hear what had been manipulated. We were doing it in real time. It created this really cool dissonant thing. It was actually a bit of a precursor to what Trevor Rabin did on (the 1983 Yes charttopper) “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” with the harmonized guitar solo. Whether there is any direct connection, I couldn’t speculate. But the fact is, in terms of the art of it, it was very cool. One of the things I was very self-consciously trying to do was to make the guitar not just another generic rock guitar sound but in general, not just on that tune. What I was trying to do was to not be generic, but to absorb what else was going on at that time – and what else I had absorbed in my own experience, and to bring all of that to the forefront.

Laurence Juber – 2012 interview for Something Else!

From Club Sandwich N°16, 1979:

June 29th 1978 marked the start of operations with the recording of “To You” which is the second band of side two. It was also the start of our four and a half weeks “in the wild” at “Spirit of Ranachan” studio in Scotland where most of the backing tracks for this L.P. where recorded. The backing track of “To You” used Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar, Organ and the vocal. Over the next few days were added the backing harmony vocals, Laurence’s guitar solo, Paul’s slide guitar and Steve’s percussion.

Mark Vigars

To You. A stratocaster again — great recording guitars. The weirdness on the guitar solo was achieved by putting the guitar a ‘harmonizer’. This is sophisticated piece of studio that can shift the pitch of an instrument or voice by a dial. Great fun! The solo was recorded with Paul ‘playing’ the harmonizer while I played the guitar.

Laurence Juber, from Club Sandwich N°14, April / May 1979

Last updated on March 7, 2020

Lyrics

Well if the same
Thing happened to you
Will you still
Put me through
What you
Put me through
If it happened to you
What if it happened to you

What if it happened
And the man keeps
Shaking you down
But you can't
Get a ride to
His side of town
If it happened to you
Well if it happened to you

*Well if it
Happened to you
Keep it out
Of my shoes
If you're stepping on toes
Keep it out
Of my nose

**'Cause if the
Same thing happened to me
Well it won't
Be as bad
As it used to be

***If it happened to you
If it happened to you
If it happened to you
If it happened to you too
Well if it happened to you

Repeat*
Repeat**

If it happened to you
If it happened to you
What am I going to do
Well if it happened to you

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

3:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Organ
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Laurence Juber :
Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald :
Engineer
Chris Thomas :
Producer

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

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


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:12 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.11

Unofficial album

3:56 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

3:27 • Outtake


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

4:00 • Outtake


Oh, Mistake (Back To The Egg Outtakes)

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

3:23 • Studio version


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 9

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:36 • Live

Concert From "From Us To You" in London, United Kingdom on May 18, 1964


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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