The Paul McCartney Project

We Got Married

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flowers In The Dirt Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1989
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other songs recorded with producer David Foster

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Song facts

We Got Married“, released on “Flowers In The Dirt” in 1989, had been recorded in September / October 1984 with American producer David Foster; and as such was the oldest track on the record, and featured David Gilmour on guitar, and Dave Mattacks on drums. David Foster considered the song to be the weakest of the three songs recorded during those sessions (the other ones being the unreleased Lindiana, and I Love This House); the rough mix is available on the bootleg Pizza And Fairy Tales.

Overdubs were added in …

At some point, it was considered to be issued as a single, and a video had been prepared. It became a regular song in the setlists of The Paul McCartney World Tour in 1989 / 1990.

Paul McCartney in “Club Sandwich 52, Summer 1989“:

It’s like a celebration of marriage… So often people shy away from subjects like marriage… They concentrate on puberty. Well, at the age of 46, puberty’s fairly far away! The game is up, folks!…I do actually start it in puberty: ‘Going fast, coming soon/We made love in the afternoon/Found a flat, after that/ We got married’. That reminds me of John and Cynthia at art school… Dave Gilmour’s on there playing lovely guitar. I like it. It’s kinda grown-up.

Paul McCartney in “Club Sandwich 70, Summer 1991“:

A great song, ‘We Got Married’, for many it was the standout track on Flowers In The Dirt. But it wasn’t a single. It nearly was, but not quite. Capitol considered issuing it in the United States in 1990, when the World Tour was heading back to America for its first venture around the stadiums. Because of this, the label pressed up some promotional CD singles featuring an edited version of the album cut and MPL put together a promotional video. But then minds were changed and something else happened instead.

So the video for ‘We Got Married’ is another of rarities in the McCartney archive: well worth looking at but scarcely seen – hence a prime contender for another look-see in this column.

Directed by Aubrey Powell, produced for Propaganda Films by Steve Swartz and edited by Todd Chestnut (that must be an American name), the ‘We Got Married’ film prominently features in concert and on-stage footage. These terms do have different meanings, incidentally, for, while in the USA, Paul and Band took time out to perform more or less an entire show before a minimal audience, not as an advertised tour date but expressly so that close-ups and other camera angles could be shot for insertion into concert films. Knowing that nothing can irritate an audience as much as cameramen clambering all over the stage, obstructing the view and distracting the concentration, Paul realised it would be a good idea if the director get all of his fancy shots done in a private “mock up” show instead.

Like other films of the same era and ilk, ‘We Got Married’ also shows some off-stage moments: long limousines in the falling rain, fans wielding flowers, flocking to the concert venues and waiting on line outside the arenas, photographers jostling for the best pictures, and, highly appropriately, momentary monochromatic glimpses (from the deservedly popular pre-show film) of Paul and Linda on their wedding day – the silver anniversary of which, it would be remiss of us not to note, was celebrated this year, 1994.

But, as we said, ‘We Got Married’ never came out as a single in the USA. Imagine everyone on the video production team going to all that effort just so that Club Sandwich could review it four years later…

Paul McCartney, in People Music, March 24, 2017:

“It’s a pretty little song, heartfelt. It’s not totally autobiographical but it captures being first married, first in love like Linda and I were. We didn’t get a flat together, little details like that are me as a songwriter just throwing in stuff that feels good. But basically it’s our life story, me and Linda. I have great memories of it, because it reminds me of her. It’s a song about getting married and the thrill of it—the first bloom of that for me is encapsulated in the song. The great thing was Dave Gilmour [of Pink Floyd] agreed to play guitar on it. That was really nice, I thought he did a great job on guitar. Very soulful.”

Last updated on April 13, 2017

Lyrics

Going fast, coming soon,
We made love in the afternoon.
Found a flat, after that
We got married.

Working hard for the dream,
Scoring goals for the other team,
Times were bad, we were glad
We got married.

Like the way you open up your hearts to each other,
When you find a meeting of the minds.
Just as well love was all we ever wanted,
It was all we ever had.

Further on in the game,
Waiting up till the children came.
Place your bets, no regrets,
We got married.
We got married.
We got married.

Nowadays every night flashes by
At the speed of light,
Living life, loving wife
We got married.

I love the things that happen
When we start to discover
Who we are
And what we're living for,
Just because love was
All we ever wanted
It was all we ever had.

It's not just a loving machine,
It doesn't work out
If you don't work at it.

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt

Official album • Released in 1989

4:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Mexican guitar, Percussion, Producer, Tom overdub
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Harmonies
David Gilmour:
Guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Additional percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
David Foster:
Keyboards, Producer
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
Jon Kelly:
Engineer

Session Recording:
September - October 1984
Studio:
Location unknown

Session Overdubs:
June - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
September - November 1988
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios & AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK

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


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

6:38 • 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 16, 1990


Paul McCartney ROCKS

Official album • Released in 1990

4:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Mexican guitar, Percussion, Producer, Tom overdub
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Harmonies
David Gilmour:
Guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Additional percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
David Foster:
Keyboards, Producer
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
Jon Kelly:
Engineer

Session Recording:
September - October 1984
Studio:
Location unknown

Session Overdubs:
June - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
September - November 1988
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios & AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK

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


Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!

Official live • Released in 1990

7:09 • 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 16, 1990


Flowers In The Dirt - Special Package

Official album • Released in 1990

4:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Mexican guitar, Percussion, Producer, Tom overdub
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Harmonies
David Gilmour:
Guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Additional percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
David Foster:
Keyboards, Producer
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
Jon Kelly:
Engineer

Session Recording:
September - October 1984
Studio:
Location unknown

Session Overdubs:
June - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
September - November 1988
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios & AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK

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


Flowers In The Dirt (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonies, Lead vocal, Mexican guitar, Percussion, Producer, Tom overdub
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Harmonies
David Gilmour:
Guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums
Neil Dorfsman:
Additional production
Chris Witten:
Additional percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
David Foster:
Keyboards, Producer
Guy Barker:
Trumpet
Jon Kelly:
Engineer

Session Recording:
September - October 1984
Studio:
Location unknown

Session Overdubs:
June - July 1988
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
September - November 1988
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios & AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Sept - Oct 1988 or Jan 30th - Feb 4th 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, or AIR Studios, or Metropolis Studios, UK

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


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

4:59 • Studio versionA • 2017 remaster

Bootlegs


Pizza & Fairytales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

5:13 • Rough mix


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

5:10 • Studio version


Friends Of The Earth

Unofficial live

6:26 • Live

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




Live performances

“We Got Married” has been played in 104 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “We Got Married” has been played








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