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What's That You're Doing?

Album This song officially appears on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982

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Song facts

From an interview with Club Sandwich, 1982:

Andy Mackay – “What’s That You’re Doing?” is a great track. Just the riff in the title obviously like that, linked together. I wondered whether the title came from the riff, or did you have the title…

Paul – It originally just started off with Stevie Wonder jamming – Stevie is an inveterate jammer, as they say – and he was on the Yamaha CS80 synthesiser and started playing.

Andy – It sounds like, you know, the way Jimmy Hendrix used to make his guitar say, “Thank you.” If you listen you can actually hear the riff saying, “What’s that you’re doing?”

Paul – He’s an incredible controller. He started off on the riff and he built most of the song up actually just from a jam.

Last updated on May 7, 2019

Lyrics

What's that you're doing?
Girl I like what you do to me
What's that you're doing?
‘cos it makes no kind of sense to me

You can make me feel so proud
You can make me holler ow!
Girl you make me want to dance and sing
My mind is blown and you're the blame
I say it's sunnin' when there's rain
I jump by leaps and bounds, just call my name

What's that you're saying?
Girl I like the way you talk to me.
What's that you're saying?
Even if it's wrong girl I do agree

Girl you make me feel so small
Though I might stand six feet tall
What you've got cuts me right down to size
I'll be the last, you'll be the first
I'll do my best to quench your thirst
I'm the lucky one who keeps the prize

Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
Girl I like what you
Do to me, do to me
Do it some more
Do it to me, do it to me
Do it some more

What's that you're doing?
Girl I like what you do to me.
What's that you're doing?
‘cos it makes no kind of sense to me

You can fill my appetite
Without me taking up a bite
Never knew that love could fill you up
You're much too good for me to pass
I'm for the taking, you just ask
We can make it stick with love and luck

Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
Girl I like what you
Do to me, do to me
Do it some more
You know I like what you're doing
Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more

What's that I'm feeling?
That sensation's such a mystery
I know that it's thrilling
And I hope this feeling last eternally

Girl you make me scream and shout
Tell me what it's all about
You make me give in without a fight
I don't have no words to say
You can fill it anyway
And everything you do will turn out alright

Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
Girl I like what you're doing
Baby do it some more
She loves you yeah yeah yeah,
She loves you yeah yeah yeah yeah

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

6:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Stevie Wonder:
Synthesizer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Second engineer
Andy Mackay:
Lyricom
Mike Stavrou:
Second engineer
Wonderlove:
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
March 1st-2nd, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Overdubs:
March 1981
Studio:
Strawberry Studios South

Session Overdubs:
August 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

4:57 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

6:22 • Studio version • 2015 remix


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version

Bootlegs


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

4:36 • Outtake


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

4:38 • Alternate take • Rough take, monitor mix


Tug Of War Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:43 • Alternate take • chat


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

6:23 • Studio versionA


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

6:23 • Studio version • [2015 remix]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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