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We All Stand Together

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the We All Stand Together 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1984
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1980 (Paul McCartney was 38 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Home recordings

August 1980





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Song facts

We were just doing this little cartoony thing, this little pilot – I’m really trying to make the big feature – just to see if we can make Rupert work. I’ll just do a little song and get George Martin along: ‘Here you are, George. I’ve done this one, it’s not much.’ George takes it away, does a monster arrangement on it all, we go and do it and it’s like the hit of the year for us. And then you start to look at it and you say, ‘Oh yeah, I see. It’s quite attractive, that one.’ It’s funny, sometimes those ones you throw away can be the biggest.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N°47/48, Spring 1988

From Wikipedia:

We All Stand Together” (sometimes referred to as the Frog Song or the Frog Chorus) is a song by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus.

We All Stand Together” is from the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1984. Originally released in June 1983, McCartney re-released the single on the Christmas charts in 1984.

The “Frog Chorus” backing on the song was provided by the King’s Singers choral group and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral. The ‘flute playing frog’ was Elena Durán. The B-side of the single contains a “Humming Version” of the song performed by McCartney and the Finchley Frogettes.

The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart one year later in 1985, one of three hits to do so that originally charted in December 1984 (“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid and “Last Christmas” by Wham! were the other two).

Despite its relative success, the song attracted criticism for its light subject matter and is sometimes cited as a sign of the decline of McCartney’s songwriting talent after The Beatles, despite being recorded for a children’s film.

Two shaped picture discs were issued on the 12 November 1984 and 1985, the only difference being a plain clear sleeve on the later version. The song also appears on the UK/Canada version of McCartney’s 1987 compilation album, All the Best!. The song was included on the deluxe edition of McCartney’s 2016 compilation album, Pure McCartney. […]

From Facebook – Paul and Rupert Bear during the video shoot for ‘We All Stand Together’ #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

Last updated on April 18, 2020

Lyrics

Win or lose, sink or swim
One thing is certain we'll never give in
Side by side, hand in hand
We all stand together

Play the game, fight the fight
But what's the point on a beautiful night?
Arm in arm, hand in hand
We all stand together

La…..
Keeping us warm in the night
La la la la
Walk in the light
You'll get it right

REPEAT

Win or lose, sink or swim
One thing is certain we'll never give in
Arm in arm, hand in hand
We all stand together

Officially appears on


We All Stand Together

7" Single • Released in 1984

4:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
John Barclay :
Trumpet
Jon Kelly :
Mixing engineer
Nigel Perrin :
Vocals
Alastair Hume :
Vocals
Bill Ives :
Vocals
Anthony Holt :
Vocals
Simon Carrington :
Vocals
Brian Kay :
Vocals
Pete Beachill :
Euphonium
Robin Williams :
Violin
Pete Swinfield :
Flute
Gary Kettel :
Tympani
Mike Stavrou :
Recording engineer
The London Community Gospel Choir :
Vocals
The King's Singers :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
Oct 31, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs, editing & :
Nov 10, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs, editing & :
Nov 15, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


We All Stand Together

7" Single • Released in 1984

2:23 • Studio versionB • Humming Version


All The Best! (UK version)

Official album • Released in 1987

4:24 • Studio versionA


All The Best! (Box Set)

Official album • Released in 1987

4:22 • Studio version


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio versionA • 1993 remaster


Tropic Island Hum

CD Single • Released in 2004

4:24 • Studio versionA


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Rude Studio Demos

Unofficial album • Released in 1989

3:56 • DemoC

Session Recording:
August 1980
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

4:00 • DemoC

Session Recording:
August 1980
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:21 • Studio version • Humming version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.29

Unofficial album

4:25 • Studio version • Rear Stereo


Unsurpassed Rudeness

Unofficial album

4:03 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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