- 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
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“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
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
Official album • Released in 2018
3:21 • Studio version • A
- Paul McCartney:
- Mark Vigars:
- Mixing assistant engineer
- Glyn Johns:
- Recording engineer
- Richard Lush:
- Mixing engineer
- Alex Wharton:
- Steve Orchard:
- Phil Ault:
- Recording assistant engineer
3:23 • Studio version
3:26 • Studio version
3:22 • Studio version
3:17 • Alternate take • Basic Track
3:21 • Alternate take • Rough Mix
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.