The Paul McCartney Project

Twice In A Lifetime

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace (1993) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




Overdubs for Cold Cuts project

September / October 1986

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Song facts

Twice In A Lifetime” is a 1985 song written to be the theme song of the eponym movie. It is heard during the end of the movie, over the end credits. It remained commercially unavailable as a recording until 1993, when it was included as a bonus track on the reissue of McCartney’s album Pipes of Peace, as part of the Paul McCartney Collection.

The movie was directed by Bud Yorkin and starring Gene Hackman as a married steelworker in the midst of a mid-life crisis who becomes attracted to another woman, played by Ann-Margret.

Last updated on April 18, 2020

Lyrics

Now I know that
It can easily happen to someone like me
I don't want to step on anybody's toes

Who knows how to find love
Think before you give your answer
Who knows what a mystery may bring

Once in a life I'm a lucky man
If I can find the kind of love
That's gonna last for me

Twice in a lifetime
Is one of those unspoken dreams
We usually reserve for fantasy

Who knows how we find love
Stop before you give your answer
Who knows when a mystery begins

I know, I know
I know because it's happening to me
I know, I know

Twice in a lifetime
Is one of those unspoken dreams
We usually reserve for fantasy

Who knows how we find love
Stop before you give the answer
Who knows when a mystery begins

I know, I know
I know because it's happening to me
I know, I know

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:00 • Studio versionA • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Mellotron, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?)
Jon Kelly :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Jackson :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Sax

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 22, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, 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

3:00 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Mellotron, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?)
Jon Kelly :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Jackson :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Unknown musician(s) :
Sax

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 22, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


B-Sides Complete Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Mellotron, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?)
Jon Kelly :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Jackson :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Sax

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 22, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:22 • Studio version • Alternate Mix


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:00 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar (?), Mellotron, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?)
Jon Kelly :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Jackson :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Unknown musician(s) :
Sax

Session Recording:
Mar 14, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 22, 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, 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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