The Paul McCartney Project

Tomorrow

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Tomorrow” is a song from Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life“, released in 1971. If “Wild Life” has often been considered as a low-point in Paul McCartney’s career, “Tomorrow” is usually recognized as one of the best tracks of the album (the other one being “Dear Friend“), even by Paul himself!

From Rolling Stone, January 31, 1974:

Does that mean, then, that you didn’t think too much in retrospect of ‘Wild Life’? Because of all your albums . . .
No, ah, I quite liked it. I must say you have to like me to like the record. I mean, if it’s just taken cold, I think it wasn’t that brilliant as a recording. We did it in about two weeks, the whole thing. And it had been done on that kind of a buzz we’d been hearing about how Dylan had come in and done everything in one take. I think in fact often we never gave the engineer a chance to even set up a balance. There’s a couple of real big songs on there, that only freaks or connoisseurs know.

Well, “Tomorrow.”
Yeah, “Tomorrow” is one of them. It’s like, when I’m talking to people about Picasso or something and they say, well, his blue period was his only one that was any good. But for me, if the guy does some great things then even his downer moments are interesting. His lesser moments, rather, because they make up the final picture. Some moments seem less, he was going through kind of a pressure period. You know, you can’t live your life without pressure periods. No one I know has.

In a Q&A with Paul McCartney, published in Club Sandwich 72:

Any chance of you re-recording the song ‘Tomorrow’ from the Wild Life LP? It’s such a great song and yet it’s been buried. From Amy Benbow, Stroud, England

Another good question. Linda’s Dad, who is no longer alive, was a great fan of this song, and he was always saying to me “You should do it again. You’ve thrown it away and it deserves re-making.” I asked him how he thought I should do it and he said “Slow, really slow”. It got to be a joke in the end, how slow he thought it ought to be. I haven’t yet got around to doing it, though.

Last updated on November 2, 2018

Lyrics

Oh! Baby, don't you let me down tomorrow
Holding hands we both abandon sorrow
Oh, for a chance to get away tomorrow
Hey, baby's got a lazy day on Sunday,
Here's a pound we hang around till Monday
Oh, baby don't you let me down on Sunday

Bring a bag of bread and cheese
And find a shady spot beneath the trees
Catch a breath of country air
And run your pretty fingers thro' my hair

Tomorrow, when we both abandon sorrow
Oh, baby, don't you let me down tomorrow,
Thro' the week we beg and steal and borrow
Oh, for a chance to get away tomorrow

Honey, pray for sunny skies,
So I can speak to rainbows in your eyes
Let's just hope the weather man
Is feeling fine and doesn't spoil our plan.

Tomorrow when we both abandon sorrow
Oh, baby, don't you let me down tomorrow
Holding hands we both abandon sorrow
Oh, baby, don't you let me down tomorrow.

Oh, for a chance to get away tomorrow
Baby, don't let me down tomorrow
Baby, don't let me down tomorrow
Baby, don't let me down tomorrow
Baby, don't let me down tomorrow.

Officially appears on


Wild Life

Official album • Released in 1971

3:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:28 • Studio versionA

Recording:
July 25th, 27th, 28th & August 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:27 • Studio version


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Studio version • 2018 Remaster


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Rough mix

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

3:37 • Studio version


Now Hear This

Unofficial album

3:33 • Studio version


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:35 • Alternate take


Oobu Joobu Part 12

Unofficial album • Released in 1995

3:33 • Radio show


Wild Life Demos

Unofficial album • Released in 2003

3:39 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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