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Twenty Flight Rock

Album This song officially appears on the CHOBA Á CCCP Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1988
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Twenty Flight Rock” is a song originally performed by Eddie Cochran in the 1956 film comedy The Girl Can’t Help It, and released as a single in 1957. The song was published in 1957 as written by Ned Fairchild and Eddie Cochran by American Music Incorporated and Campbell Connelly and Company. Eddie Cochran’s contribution was primarily on the music. Cochran’s version was rockabilly-flavored, but artists of all genres would cover the song, including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones […]

The first version of “Twenty Flight Rock” was recorded by Cochran in July 1956 at Goldstar Studio, with Connie Smith on the bull fiddle and Jerry Capehart thumping a soup carton. Cochran re-recorded the song sometime between May to August 1957. This later version was released in the United States (Liberty 55112) with “Cradle Baby” as a flipside, it was a moderate seller, but was more popular in Europe and had steady sales for a long period.

The song follows the twelve-bar blues format, using the device of counting upwards (“One flight, two flight, three flight, four/five, six, seven flight, eight flight, more“) in the refrain in a manner similar to “Rock Around the Clock“. The lyrics end on a surprisingly morbid note relative to other pop music songs of the time.

The barely 15-year-old Paul McCartney used “Twenty Flight Rock” as his first song when he auditioned for John Lennon on July 6, 1957 in Liverpool, England. The 16-year-old Lennon was impressed by the young McCartney’s ability to play the song on the guitar during their first official introductions at St. Peter’s Church Hall prior to a church garden fete. The good first impression of McCartney’s performance led to an invitation to join The Quarrymen – John Lennon’s band that would eventually evolve into The Beatles. On The Beatles Anthology, McCartney noted that: “I think what impressed him most was that I knew all the words.” […]

The first version of “Twenty Flight Rock” interpreted by Paul McCartney to be officially released was on Choba B CCCP, the Russian Album – the liner notes of the album explains:

Almost thirty years after his tragic death in a car crash Eddie Cochran still notches up hit singles in the U.K. Always one of the most popular of all US rock visitors to Britain (his tours with Gene Vincent are legend) covers of Cochran’s greatest hits have successfully served everyone from The Who through to Rod Stewart and even The Sex Pistols. However, ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ – sung by Eddie in the most endearing of all rock ‘n’ roll movies, ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ – is probably his most elusive hit. Again it’s all down to perfect timing and it’s because of this that Paul’s spot-on treatment succeeds where all other covers have previously failed.

Last updated on September 1, 2016

Lyrics

Well I got a girl with a record machine,
When it comes to rocking she's a queen.
I took her to a dance on a Saturday night,
All alone where I can hold her tight.
She lives on the twenieth floor uptown,
The elevator's broken down.

And I walk one flight, two, three flight four,
Five six seven flight, eight flight more.
Up on the twelfth I'm starting to sag,?
Fifteenth floor I'm ready to drag.?
I get to the top and I'm too tired to rock.??

Well she called me up on the telephone,?
Said come over baby 'cause I'm all alone.?
I said baby you're mighty sweet,?
But I'm in bed with aching feet.?
This went on for a couple of days,?
But I couldn't stay away.??

And I walk one, two flight, three flight four,?
Five six seven flight, eight flight more.?
Up on the twelfth I'm starting to sag,?
Fifteenth floor I'm ready to drag.?
I get to the top and I'm too tired to rock.??

Well I sent to Chicago for repairs,?
Till it's fixed I'm using the stairs.?
I hope they hurry, before it's too late,?
I love my baby too much to wait.?
All this climbing is getting me down,?
They'll find me hanging over the rail.??

And I walk one, two flight, three flight four,?
Five six seven flight, eight flight more.?
Up on the twelfth I'm starting to sag,?
Fifteenth floor I'm ready to drag.?
I get to the top and I'm too tired to rock.??
You know I'm too tired to rock.
Well I got a girl with a record machine,
When it comes to rocking she's a queen.
I took her to a dance on a Saturday night,
All alone where I can hold her tight.
She lives on the twenieth floor uptown,
The elevator's broken down.

And I walk one, two flight, three flight four,?
Five six seven flight, eight flight more.?
Up on the twelfth I'm starting to sag,?
Fifteenth floor I'm ready to drag,?
I get to the top and I'm too tired to rock.

Officially appears on


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

3:09 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in London, United Kingdom on Jan 13, 1990


CHOBA Á CCCP

Official album • Released in 1991

3:04 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green:
Guitar
Chris Whitten:
Drums
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Acoustic

Unofficial album

2:18 • Outtake


Codename Falconer

Unofficial live

3:05 • Live

Concert From the concert in Copenhagen, Denmark on Jul 24, 1991


Saturday Night Live Rehearsals

Unofficial live

3:29 • Soundcheck



Friends Of The Earth

Unofficial live

3:09 • Live

Concert From the concert in Hamburg, Germany on Oct 03, 1989


Videos

Soundcheck • Jun 12, 2010 in Dublin

Live performances

“Twenty Flight Rock” has been played in 97 concerts and 18 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Twenty Flight Rock” has been played


Secret gig at The Cavern Club

Jul 26, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road

Jul 28, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios, Studio 2


Sold On Song

Jul 27, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios • Radio show


Live At The Cavern

Dec 14, 1999 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


Parkinson

Dec 03, 1999 • United Kingdom • London • BBC Television Center, Studio 6 • TV show



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