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You Gave Me The Answer

Album This song officially appears on the Venus and Mars Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1975

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“You Gave Me the Answer” is a song written by Paul McCartney for the Wings album Venus and Mars.

McCartney has occasionally paid tribute to his father, James, who led his own big band in his youth, by writing “Music Hall numbers.” Other such songs from McCartney’s catalogue include “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Honey Pie“. To enhance the realism of this period pastiche, McCartney recorded his lead vocals through a filter that removed much of the lower-end frequencies to help emulate the sound of singing through a megaphone, the signature sound of Rudy Vallee, which was a common recording technique during the 1920s, where singers like Vallee and Al Jolson had to compensate for the poor reception of primitive recording equipment at that time.

In concert, McCartney often dedicated this song to Fred Astaire.

The song was recorded on a piano tuned to A427

Last updated on February 22, 2014

Lyrics

You gave me the answer
to love eternally……
I love you and—you
you seem to like me

Wherever we wander
The local folk agree
I love you and—you
you seem to like me.

Heading back to old familiar places
Places where the cobwebs blow away
I can forget the airs and graces

Shall we dance?
This is fun
We should do this more often

You'll never be crowned
By the aristocracy.
To their delight, you'd merely invite
them in for a cup of tea……….
and I love you and—you
you seem to like
you seem to like
you seem to like me

Officially appears on


Venus and Mars

Official album • Released in 1975

2:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Strings arrangement, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Joe English:
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Dorsey:
Strings arrangement
Alan O'Duffy:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Biff Dawes:
Assistant mixing engineer
Michael J Pierce:
Clarinet
Vito Platomone:
Clarinet
Carlos Klejman:
Violin
Russell Joseph Bobrowski:
Violin
Ronald B. Benko:
Trumpet
John K. Branch:
Viola
Harold Joseph Ballam:
Bassoon
Bernard S. Richterman:
Cello

Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

2:06 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Bass, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey:
Saxophone
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard:
Clarinet
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard:
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey:
Trombone
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Venus And Mars (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:19 • Studio versionA


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

2:06 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Bass, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey:
Saxophone
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard:
Clarinet
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard:
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey:
Trombone
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey:
Remastering
Steve Rooke:
Remastering
Simon Gibson:
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

2:19 • Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

2:03 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

2:11 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

2:14 • Studio version • Instrumental Version


Welcome To Washington

Unofficial live

2:29 • Live

Concert From the concert in Seattle, USA on Jun 10, 1976


Venus And Mars Outtakes Are Alright Tonight

Unofficial album

2:22 • Outtake


Live performances

“You Gave Me The Answer” has been played in 60 concerts.

Latest concerts where “You Gave Me The Answer” has been played








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