The Paul McCartney Project

We're Open Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Back To The Egg" sessions #2

September 11 to 29, 1978

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Song facts

Although this was not to be a concept album, the narrative of ‘setting up for the show’ was a familiar theme in the McCartney lyric book. This reflective moment gained something from the castle ambience. While Paul played the opening acoustic guitar, I sat in the spiral stairwell doubling his part on an acoustic 12-string with the third string de-tuned a step or two. It was not deliberate, that was how the guitar came out of the case. The tuning worked harmonically with Paul’s part so I did not touch it. We added little ‘wah wah’ pedal guitar, tremolo electric guitar, volume pedal on bass, glockenspiel and ethereal backing vocals. Steve played some tuned bongo-type drums called boobams.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

Open Tonight. Paul played his Martin and I played a 12 string with a crazy tuning. The bass was played through a volume pedal to get the slightly bowed sound.

Laurence Juber, from Club Sandwich N°14, April / May 1979

Last updated on March 7, 2020

Lyrics

We're open tonight for fun
So bring all your friends come on

We're open tonight come one, come all
We're opening all our doors
We're clearing back all the floors
We're open tonight come one come all

Come one, come all

We're open tonight

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

1:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar
Laurence Juber :
12-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Steve Holley :
Percussion

Session Recording:
September 11 to 29, 1978
Studio :
Lympne Castle, Kent

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


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

1:28 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
September 11 to 29, 1978
Studio :
Lympne Castle, Kent

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

Bootlegs


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

1:28 • Outtake


Oh, Mistake (Back To The Egg Outtakes)

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

1:27 • Studio version


Let 'Em Out Vol. 5 - Rehearsals & Outtakes

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

1:30 • Alternate take


Back To The Egg Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2013

1:27 • Studio version


Back To The Egg - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:29 • Studio versionA


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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