The Paul McCartney Project

Tragedy

Album This song officially appears on the Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "Tragedy"

Mar 13, 1972


Mixing "Tragedy"

Jan 28, 1973


Overdubs for Cold Cuts project

September / October 1986

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 been available on many bootlegs over the years. It has been officially released in 2018 as part of the “Red Rose Speedway (Archive Collection)“. It’s worth noting that a snippet of this cover was included on a promotional 7″, released in 1977 by MPL, to advertise the move of their corporate offices.

Last updated on July 2, 2020

Lyrics

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)
Tragedy

Officially appears on


Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

3:21 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Mar 13, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 28, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 1: The Original Acetate

Unofficial album

3:23 • 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 1 years ago

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


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

oooops :D Thanks for noticing Katie


Andrew Lynch 3 months ago

This song also appeared on this promo in 1976: https://www.discogs.com/Various-We-Moved/release/3235446


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 months ago

Thanks @andrew, this MPL promo is a great find !!


Andrew Lynch 3 months ago

Pegboy's Cold Cuts says it's a portion of the song but there's nothing to indicate that in the artwork shown on discogs. I can't say I know but I figured you'd want this for sure in your listings. Looks like there were a couple other Wings entries on there too.


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 months ago

@andrew, I've added an entry for https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/album/whats-happened-to-us-we-moved/ - "The Paul McCartney & Wings related songs on the sampler are Let Em In, Silly Love Songs, My Love, Live and Let Die, Tragedy, Jet, Band On The Run and Uncle Albert." Thanks a lot again !