The Paul McCartney Project

Tug Of Peace

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1982 (Paul McCartney was 40 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

Tug Of Peace” is a track from 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace“.

The great thing about working with Paul is that you can try anything, he’s great for experimenting. For example, on ‘Tug Of Peace’ I had the idea of having a kind of Zulu sound, and I wanted to get the noise of thumping assegais on the ground. So we got a whole stack of garden canes, and Paul and I ended up with about 15 each, holding them, and chomping them down, which is that tremendous sound you hear on the off-beat. Just a noise that I had in my mind, which he thought would be fun to do.

George Martin, from Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983

Last updated on February 23, 2020

Lyrics

It's a tug of war
No no, your troubles cease when you learn to
play the pipes of peace

It's a tug of war
No no, your troubles cease when you learn to
play the pipes of peace
What with one thing and another
It's a tug of war.
No no no no

It's a tug of war,
No no, your troubles cease you learn to
play the pipes of peace
It's a tug of war,
Learn to play the pipes of peace

Pushing, pushing
Pulling, pulling
Pushing, pulling

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Garden canes, Keyboards (?), Shaker (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Garden canes, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio versionA • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Garden canes, Keyboards (?), Shaker (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Garden canes, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

2:55 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Garden canes, Keyboards (?), Shaker (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Garden canes, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar (?), Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass (?), Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Garden canes, Keyboards (?), Shaker (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Garden canes, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 06, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, 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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