Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

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"Take It Away"
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Tug of War
B-side "I'll Give You a Ring" (7")
"I'll Give You a Ring" / "Dress Me Up as a Robber" (12")
Released 21 June 1982 (7")
5 July 1982 (12")
Format 7", 12"
Recorded June 1980
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:13 (album version)
3:59 (single version)
Label Parlophone/EMI
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Ebony and Ivory"
"Take It Away"
"Tug of War"

"Take It Away" is a single by Paul McCartney from his 1982 album Tug of War. The single spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #10[1][2] It reached #15 in the UK.[3] The music video features former Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr and long-time producer George Martin, both of whom played on the track, as well as actor John Hurt.

Although there is a notable fade from "Tug of War" and into this song on the album, the single version of the song omits this, instead starting with a clean opening. The single also fades sooner, omitting part of the ending trumpet solo.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Take It Away" - 3:59
  2. "I'll Give You a Ring" - 3:05
12" single (black vinyl everywhere else; clear yellow vinyl in Japan)[4]
  1. "Take It Away" - 3:59
  2. "I'll Give You a Ring" - 3:05
  3. "Dress Me Up as a Robber" - 2:40


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak position
UK 15[5]
US Adult Contemporary 6[2]
US Billboard Hot 100 10[2]
US Mainstream Rock 39[2]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b c d "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ Paul McCartney - Take It Away at Discogs
  5. ^ Paul McCartney - Take It Away