The Paul McCartney Project

Well, Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartneyUnreleased song
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1960
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1960 (Paul McCartney was 18 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Cayenne

Officially appears on Anthology 1


I Don't Know

Unreleased song

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Song facts

From Early Beatles Songs:

For a while in early-1960, Lennon was sharing a flat on Gambier Terrace with Stu Sutcliffe. Harrison would also move in briefly, making the premises the informal HQ for the Beatles. McCartney continued living at Forthlin Road however, and at least eight new songs are preserved from this crucial period [, including “Well Darling“].

[“Well Darling” is] A fairly uninspired slow blues, in which Lennon and McCartney harmonise the title phrase several times before McCartney takes the vocal stage (thereby indicating that the song is his). A rudimentary bass is prominent, and this would presumably be Stu Sutcliffe rather than McCartney. The title, “Well, Darling”, is of course an educated guess, and is, incidentally, the opening phrase of “You’ll Be Mine”, also recorded at the time.

Last updated on December 3, 2016

Lyrics

[...] Meanwhile what do you think? I think you stink like a sink, boy! [...]

Bootlegs


Wildcat!

Unofficial album • Released in 1996

3:21 • DemoA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool


Complete Home Recordings 1958-62

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

3:26 • DemoA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool


The Silver Beatles - Lapis Lazuli

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

4:49 • OuttakeA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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