Junk (song)

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Song by Paul McCartney
from the album McCartney
PublishedNorthern Songs Ltd.
Released17 April 1970
RecordedFebruary 1970
Length1:54 ("Junk")
2:36 ("Singalong Junk")
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "The Lovely Linda"
  2. "That Would Be Something"
  3. "Valentine Day"
  4. "Every Night"
  5. "Hot as Sun/Glasses"
  6. "Junk"
  7. "Man We Was Lonely"
Side two
  1. "Oo You"
  2. "Momma Miss America"
  3. "Teddy Boy"
  4. "Singalong Junk"
  5. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  6. "Kreen-Akrore"

"Junk" is a song written by Paul McCartney in 1968 while the Beatles were in India.[1] "Singalong Junk" is an instrumental version of "Junk" that also appears on McCartney.


It was originally under consideration for The Beatles (also known as the "White Album"). It was passed over for that LP, as it was for Abbey Road. It was eventually released on McCartney's debut solo album McCartney in 1970. The version McCartney played for the rest of the Beatles, in May 1968, was among other songs demoed at George Harrison's Kinfauns home[1] before the recording of The Beatles, and was released on Anthology 3 on 22 October 1996 and the 50th Anniversary of 'The White Album' on 9 November 2018. The song's working title was "Jubilee", and also known as "Junk in the Yard".[1] Take one appeared on the McCartney album as "Singalong Junk" and whereas take two was issued as "Junk".[1]

Besides the exclusion of vocals, "Singalong Junk" features mellotron strings and the melody is played on a piano. The song also features more prominent drums. This version of the song is said to have been the original instrumental backing to which McCartney was planning on singing, but he opted for a simpler arrangement for the vocal version instead.

"Junk" was included on an EP (along with "Another Day", "Oh Woman, Oh Why" and "Valentine Day") released only in Mexico.[2] This song has been dropped from his live setlist, but was included on the compilations Wingspan: Hits and History and Pure McCartney .[3]


"Singalong Junk"

Live versions[edit]

  • The song called "Junk" on McCartney's 1991 album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) is played without vocals, thereby making it "Singalong Junk", but it is not listed as such on the album.
  • McCartney first performed "Junk" live, in the Ghost Suite at the Royal Albert Hall, on 3 November 2006.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

Media appearances[edit]

  • "Singalong Junk" was included in the soundtrack of the movie Hanging Up (2000).
  • An instrumental version was included in the French film My Wife Is an Actress (2001).
  • "Singalong Junk" was also included in the Jerry Maguire soundtrack.
  • It also appears in the opening episode for Season 3 of Parenthood.


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  2. ^ "Another Day / Junk / Oh Woman, Oh Why / Valentine Day by Paul McCartney". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". paulmccartney.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". paulmccartney.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
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