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Album This song officially appears on the Red Rose Speedway (2018) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other unreleased songs from the double-album Red Rose Speedway project

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Tragedy” is a song by Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch. A recording of the song by Thomas Wayne and the DeLons rose to #5 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1959. A 1961 cover version by The Fleetwoods rose to #10 on the charts. Brian Hyland also recorded it in 1969, but it only made it to #56.

Wayne’s hit version was released on Memphis, Tennessee-based Fernwood Records, which was owned by Ronald “Slim” Wallace (1957–1965). The single was made with a trio of girls recruited from the local high school. Wayne was a one hit wonder who cut around 20 songs including a remake of his hit for the reactivated Sun label which sounds similar to the original. Some of his other songs were hits for others such as “This Time” (Troy Shondell) and “Girl Next Door Went a Walkin’” (Elvis Presley). Despite all of his recordings for 3 different labels before his death in a car crash on August 15, 1971, he never cut an album and there has never been any CD been issued of his songs.

Paul McCartney and Wings also recorded a version of the song for the planned 2 LP set Red Rose Speedway. The idea for the 2 LP set was later abandoned and instead they released a single LP with the same title, but without “Tragedy”. […]

Tragedy” covered by Wings has finally been issued as part of the 2018 reissue of Red Rose Speedway.

Last updated on November 25, 2018


Wind and storm (ooh-ooh)
Gone's the sun (the sun, ooh)
From the stars my dark has come
You've gone from me, oh, oh, tragedy (ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)

Oh, come back
Have me here
Hold me, love
Be sincere
You've gone from me, oh, oh, tragedy (ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee)

(ah, ah, ah)
Like smoke from a fire
Of love oh, oh, oh, ooh
Our dreams have all gone
Above oh, oh, oh, ooh

Blown by wind
Kissed by snow
All that's left is the dark be-ee-ee-low
You've gone from me, oh, oh, tragedy
(Oh, oh, oh)

Officially appears on

Red Rose Speedway (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:21 • Studio versionA

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney:
Mark Vigars:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Richard Lush:
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton:
Steve Orchard:
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer


The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 1: The Original Acetate

Unofficial album

3:23 • Studio version

The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 2: Outtakes & Rough Mixes

Unofficial album

3:26 • Studio version

The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 2: Outtakes & Rough Mixes

Unofficial album

3:22 • Studio version

Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:17 • Alternate take • Basic Track

Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

3:21 • Alternate take • Rough Mix

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Katie 5 months ago

Ah, my favorite McCartney quote; "Find more lyrics at ?"

The PaulMcCartney Project 4 months ago

oooops :D Thanks for noticing Katie