The Paul McCartney Project

You Tell Me

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

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Song facts

You Tell Me” is a song from Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, “Memory Almost Full“.

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

‘You Tell Me’ is maybe the saddest song he’s ever written,” Kahne says. McCartney wrote the song in Long Island, and is, as he describes, “a tribute to golden summers.” The mostly acoustic number opens with some forward and backward organ, along with Laboriel playing a drum pad triggering some drum samples. McCartney’s vocal was recorded in a single pass, joined by beautiful vocals from the bandmembers. The backward/forward organ, used to create a mood, is followed by a quiet count-in from McCartney. “I was really happy he let me include the count-in. It’s iconic.

Last updated on September 1, 2019


When was that summer when the skies were blue?
The bright red cardinal flew down from
his tree
You tell me

When was that summer when it never rained?
The air was buzzin' with the sweet old honey bee
Let's see
You tell me

Were we there, was it real?
Is it truly how I feel?
You tell me

Were we there, is it true?
Was I really there with you?
Let's see
You tell me

When was that summer of a dozen words?
The butterflies and hummingbirds flew free
Let's see
You tell me

Let's see
You tell me

Officially appears on

Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

3:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Backing vocals, Drums
Paul Wickens :
Backing vocals, Electric piano
Brian Ray :
Backing vocals

Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

3:16 • Studio versionA


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:14 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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