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Yvonne's The One

Album This song officially appears on the Mirror Mirror Official album.

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Song facts

Yvonne’s The One” is a song co-written by Paul McCartney & Eric Stewart, from 10cc, during the Press To Play sessions. It appears on 10cc’s latest album, Mirror Mirror.

From The Beatles Rarity:

By the time Paul was writing the music for his Press To Play album, he was in full collaboration with Eric [Stewart], who ended up co-writing eight of the album’s tracks with Paul. One of the out-takes from Press To Play that Paul wrote with Eric, a song with the working title “Yvonne,” ended up given to him instead of going on Paul’s album. Eric changed the title to “Yvonne’s The One” and recorded it with 10cc nearly a decade later for their 1995 Mirror, Mirror album. The 10cc version features Eric on vocals and Paul guesting on rhythm guitar.

From Wikipedia:

Mirror Mirror is the 11th and last album by British pop band 10cc. It was released in 1995 and did not chart in the UK or US. […] Again featuring just two of 10cc’s core band members, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, the album included performances by Paul McCartney […] [Yvonne’s The One] is Written by Eric Stewart and Paul McCartney, and first attempted in February 1985 during the sessions for Paul’s Press to Play album, but remade and completed on this album, with Paul returning the favour by playing rhythm guitar […]

Eric Stewart, from CultureSonar, December 3, 2018:

Q: You later recorded “Yvonne’s The One” with 10cc. How did your version differ?

A: That was a song we took from a postcard I got from Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. It had the line “when I first saw Yvonne, volcanoes exploded” on it. I showed it to Paul, and we wrote to that. Paul’s a perceptive guy. He wanted it in a laidback, ballad way, but I suggested to do it in a more reggae way. He did it in the smoother, ballad style, but I always wanted to do the reggae version, so I did it on my album. I wish it were more reggae, more Bob Marley. That Jamaican rhythm would suit the words.

Eric Stewart

That was a beautiful song that came about purely from a postcard I received from Nick Mason who is the drummer with Pink Floyd. It had this gorgeous picture of a girl on the front with a volcano exploding behind her. I showed it to Paul. I said, “Just look at this, this has come from Nick Mason,” and he looked at it and he said, “What’s it say?” “Oh when I first saw Yvonne volcanoes erupted”, and he sang, “Once I saw Yvonne, volcanoes erupted”, and he sang the first bloody line of the song! We went on from there and we wrote the whole song. That was the magic that he had with The Beatles. John Lennon did too. It was just something clicking and inspiring you, getting you excited about it.

Eric Steward, interview with Amped, October 2017

Last updated on September 15, 2019

Lyrics

10CC VERSION:

When I first saw Yvonne, volcanoes erupted
And her laughter flowed into my life
She seemed so right, nothing wrong
Everything about her was so strong
So I waited for the magic to start
Somebody touch me deep in my heart

Yvonne's the one I've been dreaming on
She said, "Hold on
You're not the only one"
And so I said, "You're wrong Yvonne"

When I saw her again, I was caught in a landslide
But I didn't dare let it show
Her ruby lips were teasing me
But jealousy would never let us be
So I waited for the magic to start
But I know it's gonna tear us apart

Yvonne's the one I've been dreaming on
She said, "Hold on
You're not the only one"
And so I said, "You're wrong Yvonne"

She'll never know how much I loved her
I never got to tell
We never had the chance to say farewell

When I last saw Yvonne
She was covered in roses
But the laughter had gone from her eyes
She walked so tall, looked so grand
Everything about her truly planned
But what you get is not what you see
"So long Yvonne you're not fooling me"

Yvonne's the one I've been counting on
She said, "Hold on, you're not the only one"
And so I said, "So long Yvonne"

McCARTNEY VERSION:

Yvonne’s the one I’ve been counting on
She said, hold on
You’re not the only one,
And so I said so long Yvonne

When I first saw Yvonne, volcanoes erupted
And her laughter flowed into my life
She seemed all right, nothing wrong,
Everything about her was so strong
but I know no one’s gonna keep us apart

Yvonne’s the one I’ve been counting on
She said, hold on
You’re not the only one,
And so I said so long Yvonne

When I saw her again, I was caught in a landslide
But I didn’t dare let it show
Her ruby lips were teasing me
But jealousy would never let us be
So always gonna keep us apart

Do do do do

She never knew how much I loved her
I never got to tell her
We never found a way to say farewell
Yvonne do do do do do

Yvooooonne

When I last saw Yvonne
She’s covered in roses
But sadness had ended her life
She walked so tall, she looked so tan
Everything about her was so grand
But what you get is not what you see
So long Yvonne you’re not fooling me

Yvonne
Yvonne’s the one I’ve been counting on
She said, hold on
You’re not the only one,
And so I said, so long Yvonne.

Yvonne
Yvonne’s the one I’ve been counting on
She said so long you’re not the only one,
And so I said, so long Yvonne.

So long Yvonne

Officially appears on


Mirror Mirror

Official album • Released in 1995

4:26 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Rhythm guitar

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

4:21 • Studio version


Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

4:20 • Studio version


B-Sides Complete Vol. 6

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:16 • Studio version


Pizza & Fairytales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:26 • Rough mix


"B" Sides Himself

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

4:22 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Glass Onion 3 years ago

The lyrics shown above is the official version of 10cc's. The original lyrics sung by Paul McCartney is as follows:

Yvonne's the one I've been counting on
She said, hold on
You're not the only one,
And so I said so long Yvonne

When I first saw Yvonne, volcanoes erupted
And her laughter flowed into my life
She seemed all right, nothing wrong,
Everything about her was so strong
but I know no one's gonna keep us apart

Yvonne's the one I've been counting on
She said, hold on
You're not the only one,
And so I said so long Yvonne

When I saw her again, I was caught in a landslide
But I didn't dare let it show
Her ruby lips were teasing me
But jealousy would never let us be
So always gonna keep us apart

Do do do do

She never knew how much I loved her
I never got to tell her
We never found a way to say farewell
Yvonne do do do do do

Yvooooonne

When I last saw Yvonne
She's covered in roses
But sadness had ended her life
She walked so tall, she looked so tan
Everything about her was so grand
But what you get is not what you see
So long Yvonne you're not fooling me

Yvonne
Yvonne's the one I've been counting on
She said, hold on
You're not the only one,
And so I said, so long Yvonne.

Yvonne
Yvonne's the one I've been counting on
She said so long you're not the only one,
And so I said, so long Yvonne.

So long Yvonne


admin 3 years ago

Thanks Glass Onion ! Change applied :)