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Tough On A Tightrope

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986

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Song facts

Tough On A Tightrope” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“.

Last updated on June 16, 2019

Lyrics

You don't feel right when I come on strong
Don't get it wrong
I wait all night but you won't belong
Don't get it wrong

Hear me right, I love you from the bottom of my heart
You make the answer bright
You touch me in a way that no one else could ever do
If you'll only love me, I'll love you

And if you're tempted to tell a lie
Don't get it wrong
Well, it breaks my heart when I see you cry
Don't get it wrong, oh no

Get it right, the brightest light that's shining in the skies
Is shining from your eyes
I love you in a way that no one else could ever do
If you'll only love me, I'll love you

I'm often accused of giving too little
It's got me confused, I'm split down the middle
Conflicting reviews of our life coming in
It's tough on a tightrope, yes, it's tough on a tightrope

Hear me right, I love you from the bottom of my heart
You make the picture bright
And love me in a way that no one else could ever do
If you'll only love me, I'll love you
You touch me in a way that no one else could ever do
If you'll only love me, I'll love you

Tough on a tightrope
Tough on a tightrope
Tough on a tightrope

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

4:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Only Love Remains / Tough On A Tightrope

7" Single • Released in 1986

4:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Only Love Remains / Tough On A Tightrope

12" Single • Released in 1986

7:03 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Julian Mendelsohn

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Julian Mendelsohn :
Remixing
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

4:25 • Rough mixA2

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Drums

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

6:49 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Julian Mendelsohn

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Julian Mendelsohn :
Remixing
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:28 • Rough mixA2

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Drums

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


UK Singles Collection - Volume 03

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


UK Singles Collection - Volume 03

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

7:04 • Studio versionA1 • Remix by Julian Mendelsohn

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta :
Congas (?), Drums
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Julian Mendelsohn :
Remixing
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, 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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