The Paul McCartney Project

Write Away

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1985 (Paul McCartney was 43 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Press To Play" sessions #1

March - May 1985


"Press To Play" sessions #2

October 1st - December 6th 1985


"Press To Play" sessions #3

April 14th-18th 1986

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Song facts

Write Away” is a song from 1986 album “Press To Play“. It was only released on the CD version of the album (as two other tracks), and therefore omitted from the LP version.

From the “Press To Play” sleeve – These coloured diagrams by Paul show the position of the voices and instruments in the mix of each track.

Last updated on May 2, 2020

Lyrics

Hey yeah
Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You need love, write a letter
You need love, write away
Get it down, you'll feel better
Send it now, write away

Hey Cinderella
D-d-did you need that other fella?
On the wrong side of midnight
Your defenses slipped away

You need attention
So I think it's worth a mention
That if I can deliver
Well, there wouldn't be no heavy price to pay

You need love, so write a letter
You need love, write away
If you need to feel better
Do it now, write away

Hey Margarita
I can think of nothing sweeter
But the taste of your nectar
Seems to lead the boys astray

Don't you forget it
Well, you know you won't regret it
Said I've got the answer
You were looking at it long before today

You need love, so write a letter
You need love, write away
Get it down, down, down, you'll feel better
Send it now, write away

Hey, hey, hey, you need love, love, love, write a letter
You need love, write away
If you need to feel better
Do it now, now, now, write away

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pretty Little Head / Write Away

7" Single • Released in 1986

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Pretty Little Head / Write Away

12" Single • Released in 1986

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:01 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

3:03 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Pizza And Fairy Tales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:06 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


UK Singles Collection - Volume 03

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Trevor Jones :
Assistant engineer (?)
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer (?)
Tony Clark :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Butler :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jon Kelly :
Assistant engineer (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar
Eddie Rayner :
Keyboards
Lenny Pickett :
Saxophone
John Hammel :
Assistant engineer (?)
Matt Howe :
Assistant engineer (?)
Hugh Padgham :
Engineering, Mixing, Producer
Peter Mew :
Assistant engineer (?)
Haydn Bendall :
Assistant engineer (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:07 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Piano, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Electric guitar (?)
Jerry Marotta :
Percussion
Carlos Alomar :
Electric guitar (?)

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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