Every Night (Paul McCartney song)

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"Every Night"
Every Night live single.jpg
1981 live promotional single version from Concert for Kampuchea
Song by Paul McCartney from the album McCartney
Released 17 April 1970
Recorded 22 February 1970
Genre Rock
Length 2:30
Label Apple
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing

"Every Night" is a song written by Paul McCartney while he was on holiday in Greece,[1][2] and first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. McCartney first performed this live, in Liverpool, on 23 November 1979.[3]

Lyrics and music[edit]

The lyrics of "Every Night" reflect the difficult situation McCartney was dealing with at the time the song was written in light of the imminent breakup of the Beatles, but also reflect optimism for the future.[4] According to James McGrath, the last line of the song, "But tonight I just wanna stay in / And be with you," is the key to the song, in that it "quietly challenges the uneasy relationship between rock and domesticity."[4] McGrath notes that Bob Dylan's song from the previous year, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You," ended on a similar note.[4]


McCartney premiered it during The Beatles' Get Back/Let It Be Sessions. The group messed around with the song on 21 and 24 January 1969 (a brief run through and John Lennon on slide guitar; respectively).[5]

McCartney sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass and drums on this recording, while Linda sang the "Woo Woos" on the Chorus, with Paul ad-libbing ("Believe me mama")[6]

Later release[edit]

"Every Night" is also included on:


Cover versions[edit]

Billy Joe Royal released a cover of this song in 1970 as a single. It went to #113 on the U.S. Pop charts. The song was covered by Odetta (on her 1970 album Odetta Sings), Claudine Longet (on her 1972 album Let's Spend the Night Together), Phoebe Snow (as a single and on her 1978 album Against the Grain), Richie Havens (on his 1980 album Connections), The 5th Dimension on their 1971 album Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes and Carry The Zero (on the 2009 McCartney tribute album Looking for Change). In 2014 Jamie Cullum covered the song on The Art of McCartney covers album.


  1. ^ "Every Night by Paul McCartney Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Krupa, Jessy (21 June 2010). "Paul McCartney - "Every Night" < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". paulmccartney.com. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c McGrath, P. (2003). ""Like a second needs an hour": Time and the work of Paul McCartney". 4 (2). Penn State University Press: 10–11. JSTOR 41208815.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney: Every Night". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Calkin, Graham (2001). "McCartney". JPGR. Retrieved 12 April 2012.