Tug of War (Paul McCartney song)

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"Tug of War"
Paul McCartney - Tug of War album cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Tug of War
B-side"Get It"
Released6 September 1982
RecordedSummer 1981
Length4:20 (album version)
4:00 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)George Martin
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Take It Away"
"Tug of War"
"The Girl Is Mine"

"Tug of War" is the title track from Paul McCartney’s 1982 album Tug of War.


Rolling Stone described the song as McCartney's equivalent to John Lennon's "Imagine".[1] To others, however, "Pipes of Peace" is. The song has a clear division between the verses featuring sad lyrics about the struggle to survive, the necessity of conflict (pushing and pulling) and the hopeful refrain, in which McCartney looks for a future where these struggles are no longer necessary.[2] The lyrics are seen[who?] as describing his complex relationship with Lennon, who was killed two years prior.

The single reached number 53 in the UK and number 53 in the US. It also reached number 31 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[3][4]

The album version starts with the sounds of people grunting as part of a real tug of war- a popular sporting event since ancient times, before Paul goes into the song, and then at the end of the song, it fades into "Take It Away". The single version omits these factors.


Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Tug Of War"
  2. "Get It" (with Carl Perkins)


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review of Tug Of War". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  2. ^ Tug of War Songfacts
  3. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  4. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13.