You Gave Me the Answer

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"You Gave Me the Answer"
Single by Wings
from the album Venus and Mars
A-side "Letting Go"
Released 4 October 1975 (US)
18 October 1975 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded 24 January and 4 February 1975
Genre Music Hall, Rock
Length 2:15
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Listen to What the Man Said"
"Letting Go"
"Venus and Mars/Rock Show"
Venus and Mars track listing

"You Gave Me the Answer" is a song written by Paul McCartney for the Wings album Venus and Mars.

Origin and recording[edit]

McCartney has occasionally paid tribute to his father, James, who led his own big band in his youth, by writing "Music Hall numbers."[1] Other such songs from McCartney's catalogue include "When I'm Sixty-Four" and "Honey Pie".[2] To enhance the realism of this period pastiche, McCartney recorded his lead vocals through a filter that removed much of the lower-end frequencies to help emulate the sound of singing through a megaphone, the signature sound of Rudy Vallee, which was a common recording technique during the 1920s, where singers like Vallee and Al Jolson had to compensate for the poor reception of primitive recording equipment at that time.

In concert, McCartney often dedicated this song to Fred Astaire.[1]

The song was recorded on a piano tuned to A427


  1. ^ a b Flippo, C. (1988). Yesterday: the unauthorized biography of Paul McCartney. Doubleday. p. 20. ISBN 9780385234825. 
  2. ^ Julien, O. (2008). Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles: It Was Forty Years Ago Today. Ashgate. p. 92. ISBN 9780754667087.