Put It There

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"Put It There"
Put it there uk7.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Flowers in the Dirt
Released5 February 1990
Format7" single, Maxi single, Cassette single, CD single
Recorded22 April 1988 - Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex. Orchestra recorded 28 November 1988 - AIR Studios, London
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Figure of Eight"
"Put It There"

"Put It There" is a 1990 single from Paul McCartney's 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. The song reached number 32 on the UK singles chart.[1][2] The lyrics were inspired by an expression of friendship that McCartney learned from his father, "Put it there [handshake] if it weighs a ton."

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song's modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

The 7" single also included a Wings song, "Mama's Little Girl", that had been originally recorded in 1972 but had been remixed and produced in its current version in 1987 by McCartney and Chris Thomas. The 12" single included a second Wings song, "Same Time Next Year", which had been recorded on 5 and 6 May 1978 at RAK Studios,[3] as a possible theme for the movie of the same name that had also been remixed and produced in 1987 by McCartney and Thomas.

The 12" single was also released as limited edition (12 RS6246) with an art print from the cover illustration, drawn by Paul.

According to the liner notes from Geoff Baker, the song was issued as single because of the Parisian crowd from the concerts at the Palais Omnisports in October 1989, as the girls were grabbing partners and bobbing to "Put It There".

Put It There is also the name of an hour-long documentary on the making of Flowers in the Dirt, produced by Chips Chipperfield and directed by Geoff Wonfor who later made The Beatles Anthology, originally released in September 1989 and included on the 2017 remastered version of the album.[4]

Track listings[edit]

This song was released as a 7" single, a 12" maxi-single, and a CD single.

7" single
  1. "Put It There"
  2. "Mama's Little Girl"
12" single
  1. "Put It There"
  2. "Mama's Little Girl"
  3. "Same Time Next Year"
CD single
  1. "Put It There"
  2. "Mama's Little Girl"
  3. "Same Time Next Year"


  1. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  2. ^ "UK Singles - 1952-2009". Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  3. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076.
  4. ^ "Put It There". Retrieved 24 January 2019.