Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

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"Take It Away"
Take It Away.jpg
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 February 1981
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:13 (album version)
3:59 (single version)
Label Parlophone/EMI
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Ebony and Ivory"
(1982)
"Take It Away"
(1982)
"Tug of War"
(1982)
"Ebony and Ivory"
(1982)
"Take It Away"
(1982)
"Tug of War"
(1982)

"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, directed by John Makenzie, 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.[4]

Although there is a segue from "Tug of War" into this song on the album the single version instead starts cleanly, but fades out earlier at the end.

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)[5]
  1. "Take It Away" – 3:59
  2. "I'll Give You a Ring" – 3:05
  3. "Dress Me Up as a Robber" – 2:40

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b c d "Allmusic: Paul McCartney: Charts & Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Paul McCartney > Artists > Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Fly TIA: Behind The Scenes on 'Take It Away'. 2015. 
  5. ^ Paul McCartney - Take It Away at Discogs
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "ultratop.be Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 37, No. 5". RPM. 18 September 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 37, No. 8". RPM. 9 October 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Search the Charts" (enter "Paul Mc Cartney" into the "Search by Artist" box, then select "Search"). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "charts.org.nz Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). VG-lista. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 4, 1982
  15. ^ "Single Search: Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc (25 December 1982). Billboard – Talent in Action 1982. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982

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