Paul McCartney – Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

This song was on arguably McCartney’s best album Band On The Run. It didn’t chart but it was released as the B side to the song Band on Run but it was played quite a bit on radio. One of my favorite McCartney album tracks.

Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five was never performed live by Wings, and only became part of McCartney’s live set in 2010.

Paul McCartney: With a lot of songs I do, the first line is it. It’s all in the first line, and then you have to go on and write the second line. With Eleanor Rigby I had ‘picks up the rice in the church where the wedding has been.’ that was the one big line that started me off on it. With this one it was ‘No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty-five.” That’s all I had of that song for months. ”No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty… six?’ It wouldn’t have worked!

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

On no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh, oh I, oh oh I

Well I just can’t enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind
(Shake it, baby, don’t break it)

Oh my mama said the time would come
When I would find myself in, love with you
I didn’t think
I never dreamed
That I would be around, to see it all come true
Whoa oh oh I, oh oh I

Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady gets behind

Ah no one left alive in 1985, will ever do
She may be right
She may be fine
She may get love but she won’t get mine
‘Cause I got you
Oh oh I, oh oh I

Well I just can’t get enough of that sweet stuff
My little lady left behind

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

15 thoughts on “Paul McCartney – Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”

    1. Personally I’ve never heard it that way. They shared a single with each other…Band On The Run…the song was the first track and 1985 was the last song.
      They would go well with each other though…if you run across something about that tell me.

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    2. John you are completely right! I forgot about the ending…Paul reprises Band on the Run at the very end of it….a short snippet.

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      1. Yes my cousin came down and has got me watching. Wow I didn’t hear anything about it…

        It’s very loud there…it should be fun to watch.

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