The Paul McCartney Project

Love Awake

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

On the new album track “Love Awake”, the group were joined in the studio by the Black Dyke Mills Band. Originally called the Alan Wharton Reed and Brass Band in 1836, this Yorkshire band changed their name to Black Dyke Mills Band in 1851 when they were affiliated to the textile firm John Foster and Sons. An amateur band, their professional occupations range from a schoolmaster, builder, office manager, and textile worker. They have been the most consistent winners of the National Brass Band Championship and this year, have become the European Brass Band Champions. They have previously been associated with Paul when he produced their single on the APPLE label of “Thingumybob” coupled with “Yellow Submarine”

From Club Sandwich N°14, April / May 1979

The most anthemic song on the album, it combines a classic McCartney ballad with the antique burnish of a North of England brass band. When we cut the basic track at the castle, Paul and Denny strummed acoustics while I played a high strung guitar. This is one of the secret weapons of the studio guitar slinger’s arsenal. It’s a regular guitar, but only the top two strings are tuned normally. The bottom four are pitched one octave higher — essentially the top half of a 12-string guitar. The result is an airy harpsichord-like sonority that blends with other acoustics, adding an extra dimension and sparkle. Also known as ‘Nashville’ tuning, it can be heard on records by Simon & Garfunkel, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell, as well as many country records. I had played bass on a demo version of this, probably in Scotland.

When it came time to overdub the bass part Paul said he liked my ideas and that I should play it, not him. He then gave me picking tips as my recording debut as a bassist was nervously made. Much like his own production mentor, George Martin, Paul has a knack of putting you at ease to bring out the best in a creative situation.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

Love Awake. l played a Fender Bass, Paul a Martin and Denny a little ‘High-strung’ guitar. This doesn’t refer to its nervous disposition but to the tuning. The tinkly bit after ‘snow falls in the winter’ is a little trick, alternating harmonics and plucked notes.

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

Last updated on March 7, 2020

Lyrics

Love awake. Toll the bell.
Tell the world how glad you are.
Love awake to the day
When we can make our love awake.

Lord knows we need it any time we can get it.
But if we forget it every now and then.
But if you don't feel it, later on you'll regret it.
And if we let it we could set it free, you and me.

Love awake. Tone the bell.
Tell the world how glad you are.
Love awake to the day
When we can make our love awake.

Snowfalls in the winter,
Spring brings the rain.
But it's never to long before the summer comes again.
It always comes again!

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

0:00 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Laurence Juber :
Acoustic guitar, Bass
Steve Holley :
Drums, Percussion
David Hirst :
Soprano cornet
David Pogson :
Flugelhorn
Neil Jowett :
Cornet
Fred Ellis :
Cornet
Christopher Bacon :
Cornet
Peter Moorcroft :
Cornet
Jack Brooke :
Cornet
Phillip McCann :
Cornet
Ken Macdonald :
Cornet
Malcolm Turton :
Cornet
David Carter :
Cornet
John Clough :
Baritone, Euphonium
Stuart Derrick :
Baritone, Euphonium
John Slinger :
Baritone, Euphonium
Brian Broadbent :
Baritone, Euphonium
Kevin Wadsworth :
Tenor horn
David Essex :
Tenor horn
Stephen Brooke :
Tenor horn
Frank Berry :
Trombone
Dennis Essex :
Trombone
lan Copeland :
Trombone
George Morgan :
Bass
Alan Holdsworth :
Bass
Derek Jackson :
Bass
Philip Gee :
Percussion
Richard Clough :
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

0:00 • 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


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.9

Unofficial album

0:57 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

5:08 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

2:47 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

5:14 • Outtake


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

6:34 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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