Another Day (Paul McCartney song)

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"Another Day"
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A-side label of the UK 7-inch single
Single by Paul McCartney
B-side"Oh Woman, Oh Why"
Released19 February 1971 (UK)
22 February 1971 (US)
Recorded12 October 1970
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Another Day"
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

"Another Day" is a song recorded by Paul McCartney in New York in 1970, during the sessions for his album Ram. Although it was the first single of McCartney's solo career, "Another Day" was written and previewed during the Beatles' Let It Be sessions in 1969.[1][2][3] It was released on 19 February 1971 in the UK, with "Oh Woman, Oh Why" as the B-side.[4][5] Both were included on the 2012 re-issue of his Ram album.


"Another Day" is written in an observational style reminiscent of "Eleanor Rigby"; Denny Seiwell, the drummer from the Ram sessions, called it "'Eleanor Rigby' in New York City."[6][7] The lyrics describe the drudgery and sadness of an unnamed woman's life at work and at home.

Paul's wife, Linda McCartney, provided vocal harmonies on "Another Day". Describing his and Linda's distinctive harmonies, McCartney said "I wanted 'our' sound." Paul was deliberately attempting to create a unique McCartney style; a musical identity outside of the Beatles.[3] McCartney had decided to list Linda as co-writer of more than half the songs on Ram, and this decision extended to "Another Day." Despite her lack of a musical pedigree, he insisted that Linda had been an active collaborator, making valuable suggestions about lyrics and melodies.[8] Linda's credits as co-writer were later regarded as business manoeuvres in the post-Beatles legal matters.[1]

In July 1971, Northern Songs and Maclen Music sued Paul and Linda McCartney for violating an exclusive rights agreement via their musical collaborations on "Another Day".[9] In June 1972, ATV announced that "all differences between them have been amicably settled", with McCartney's lawyers successfully arguing it had been Paul's perogative to collaborate with whomever he chose, regardless of his or her musical abilities.[10] Paul and Linda signed a new seven-year co-publishing contract between ATV and McCartney Music.[11]

Matching the lyrical sense of isolation and social alienation was the unique sound of "Another Day." Recording engineer on the Ram sessions Dixon Van Winkle said that Paul asked him to pick the single. With McCartney's blessing, Winkle mixed the song and pressed 100 copies for radio stations. "The next day I heard it on the air, I realized...we got carried away with the bass pumped like crazy. But we never remixed the song, and Paul never said anything."[3]

McCartney has played the song live several times over the years, first on his 1993 World Tour and then for the first time in 20 years on his 2013 Out There Tour.


According to drummer Denny Seiwell, the song was the first one taped during the Ram sessions in New York City at Columbia Studios. The basic tracks consisted of McCartney on acoustic guitar, Dave Spinozza on electric and Denny Seiwell on drums, with many overdubs added in subsequent sessions (bass, percussion and several other guitar parts).[12]


Later release[edit]

Although "Another Day" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why" were not originally included on Ram, some CD re-releases of Ram have one or both songs as bonus tracks. "Another Day" has also appeared on several of McCartney's greatest hits albums, including All the Best! It also appeared on the Wings greatest hits compilations Wings Greatest and Wingspan: Hits and History even though the song was not credited to Wings and predates the band's formation. The single was re-released as part of Record Store Day 2012.[13] It was included on the Special and Deluxe editions of the 2012 remaster of Ram.[14]

The song was included on an EP (along with "Oh Woman, Oh Why", "Junk" and "Valentine's Day") released only in Mexico.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was a hit in the United States and the United Kingdom, peaking at number five in the US in April 1971 and number two in the UK in March 1971[16][17][18] (behind by "Baby Jump" by Mungo Jerry, and "Hot Love" by T. Rex), for two non consecutive weeks. In Australia, the song spent one week at number one. In France, the song was also a number one hit.

In popular culture[edit]

This song is referenced in John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" in the line "The only thing you done was 'Yesterday', and since you've gone you're just 'Another Day'". It was featured prominently in a 2009 episode of The Simpsons titled "Bart Gets a 'Z'", and has also been included in several films, such as 50 First Dates (2004) and The Lovely Bones (2009).


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