Maybe I'm Amazed

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"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Song by Paul McCartney from the album McCartney
Released 17 April 1970
Recorded 22 February 1970
Genre Rock
Length 3:49
Label Apple
Writer Paul McCartney
Producer Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing
Music sample

"Maybe I'm Amazed" is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles.

A live performance by McCartney's later band Wings from its 1976 tour of America was released as a single. It became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 26 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] The original studio version from McCartney has never been released as a single.

History[edit]

McCartney wrote the song in 1969, just before the Beatles' break-up. He credited his wife Linda with helping him get through the difficult time.[3] Although most of his debut solo album was recorded at his farm in Scotland, McCartney recorded "Maybe I'm Amazed" entirely in EMI's Number Two studio in Abbey Road in London, where he was mixing "Every Night".[4] He played all the instruments: guitars, bass, piano, organ and drums. Although McCartney declined to release the song as a single in 1970, it nonetheless received a great deal of radio airplay worldwide,[4] making it one of his most recognisable solo successes.[citation needed] A promotional film was made, comprising still photographs of McCartney, his wife Linda and stepdaughter Heather,[4] which first aired in the UK on 19 April 1970 on ITV in its own slot, and as a part of an episode CBS Television's The Ed Sullivan Show.[5]

The original studio version of the song finished with a fade instead of a full ending, but McCartney later composed an ending that can be heard on the live versions of the song. McCartney first performed this live with Wings, in Châteauvallon, France, on 9 July 1972.[6] During his guest appearance in The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Vegetarian", McCartney says to Lisa and Apu "If you play Maybe I'm Amazed backwards, you'll find a recipe for a ripping lentil soup", which can be heard in the background when the song is played during the closing credits to the episode.

Later release[edit]

"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Single by Wings
from the album Wings over America
B-side "Soily"
Released 4 February 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 5:11
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Let 'Em In"
(1976)
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
(1977)
"Mull of Kintyre"
(1977)

A live recording from the 1976 album Wings over America was released as a single by McCartney's band Wings[3] on 4 February 1977 and reached number 10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts,[7] and number 28 in the UK.[8] Versions of the song can be heard on several other live McCartney albums including Back in the U.S. and Back in the World. "Maybe I'm Amazed" has become a centrepiece of McCartney's concerts, along with "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die", live versions of the song are available on the 2011 reissue of McCartney.

Aftermath[edit]

Regarded as one of McCartney's finest love songs, it achieved the number 347 position in the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list.[9] In a late 2009 Q&A with journalists held in London to promote his live album Good Evening New York City, McCartney said "Maybe I'm Amazed" was "the song he would like to be remembered for in the future".[10]

Personnel[edit]

"McCartney" studio version

"Wings Over America" live version

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paul McCartney: Maybe I'm Amazed | The Beatles Bible". beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  6. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". paulmcartney.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Calkin, Graham (200). "Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed". jpgr.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  9. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [dead link], Rolling Stone November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list.
  10. ^ The song Paul McCartney would like to be remembered for dead link, Época magazine article on the 2009 press Q&A (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Fickle Pickle at Discogs
  12. ^ Fickle Pickle, Maybe I'm Amazed at 45cat.com
  13. ^ Chart history at Top40.nl
  14. ^ Winner announcement on Paul McCartney Website 28 June 2011 official website update
  15. ^ Troubleclef's cover of "Maybe I'm Amazed" on YouTube
  16. ^ http://www.rickey.org/terry-mcdermott-maybe-im-amazed-the-voice/

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