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Track: Another Day
Album/CD: Ram
Artist: Paul & Linda McCartney
Format: CD
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:40
Release: 1971

Producers: Paul & Linda McCartney
Engineers: Tim, Ted, Phil, Dixson, Armin and Jim

Paul McCartney: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Linda McCartney: Backing Vocals
Dave Spinoza: Guitars
Hugh McCracken: Guitars
Denny Seiwell: Drums

"Another Day" is a song recorded by Paul McCartney in New York in 1970, during the sessions for his album Ram. Although it was the first single of McCartney's solo career,[1] "Another Day" was actually written and previewed during The Beatles' Let It Be Sessions in 1969. It was officially released February 19, 1971 with "Oh Woman, Oh Why" as the B-side. [4] [5] Neither song was included on the original pressings of Ram.

"Another Day" is written in an observational style reminiscent of "Eleanor Rigby" and "She's Leaving Home". Coincidentally, Denny Seiwell, drummer from Ram Sessions, called it, ""Eleanor Rigby" in New York City." [6] [7]The lyrics describe the drudgery and sadness of an unnamed woman's life at work and at home, with the lilting melody of the verses and "du du du"s of the chorus contrasting with the darker tone (lyrically and musically) of the bridges.

Paul's wife, Linda McCartney, provided eloquent harmony vocals on "Another Day. Describing his and Linda's distinctive harmonies, McCartney said " I wanted our sound." Paul was deliberately attempting to create a unique McCartney style, a musical identity outside of The Beatles. McCartney had decided to list Linda as co-writer of more than half the songs on Ram, plus the hit single "Another Day." Despite her lack of musical pedigree, he insisted that Linda had been an active collaborator, making valuable suggestions about lyrics and melodies. [8] Linda being credited as co-writer was seen as a business manoeuvre in the post-Beatles legal matters. [1]

Matching the lyrical sense of isolation and social alienation was the unique sound of "Another Day." Studio Assistant Engineer of the Ram Sessions, Dixon Van Winkle said that Paul asked him to pick the single. With McCartney's blessing, Winkle mixed the song and pressed 100 copies for radio stations. "The next day I heard it on the air, I realized...we got carried away with the bass part...it pumped like crazy. But we never remixed the song, and Paul never said anything." [3]

Even so, the song was a hit in the US and UK, peaking at number five in the US and number two in the UK in March 1971.[9][10] In Australia the song spent one week at number one. In France, the song was a number one hit.

Although "Another Day" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why" were not originally released on Ram, some CD re-releases of Ram have one or both songs as bonus tracks. "Another Day" has also appeared on several of McCartney's greatest hits albums, including All the Best!. It also appeared on the Wings greatest hits compilations Wings Greatest and Wingspan: Hits and History even though the song was not credited to Wings and predates the formation of Wings.

McCartney was a hit solo album for Paul McCartney, but none of its tracks were released as a single. McCartney was still under the British idea that singles are stand-alone songs, not contained in albums, so that they can be strung together occasionally on EPs or "greatest hits" albums. So in February of 1971, "Another Day", with its B-side of "Oh Woman, Oh Why", was released as a single. The songs would not be included on the upcoming Ram album, which was released about three months later.

"Another Day" began as a track that the Beatles worked on for possible release on what would be the Let It Be album, but after the band's break-up, it turned into something else. Just as she had co-written "Man We Was Lonely" before, Linda McCartney also co-wrote "Another Day". While posters promoting the single listed it as "written by Mr. and Mrs. McCartney" and the single itself was credited to Paul & Linda McCartney, others found that suspicious.

The owner of Northern Songs, the publishing company who held the rights on Paul's work, later filed a lawsuit (also citing the next single, "Uncle Albert"/"Admiral Halsey") saying that Linda was incapable of songwriting. Paul once stated, "I thought that whoever I worked with, no matter what the method of collaboration was, that person, if they did help me on the song, should have a portion of the song for helping me." Eventually the suit was dropped.

To "Another Day", similar to the Paul-composed "Eleanor Rigby" and "A World Without Love", however, "Another Day's" main theme is loneliness. A woman goes through the everyday motions of her average life—she showers and gets ready for work at her office job—but despite her self-sufficiency, she is alone and depressed without someone ("the man of her dreams") to love. Though she is seeing someone, it isn't love ("He comes and he stays, but he leaves the next day"). She still sadly goes through her routine, however, thinking that things will someday change for the better, because after all, "it's just another day".

John Lennon once criticized his former bandmate's writing style in the Imagine album track, "How Do You Sleep?" with the line, "The only thing you done was ‘Yesterday' / And since you've gone you're just ‘Another Day'". Once referring to him as "all pizza and fairy-tales", he shut down the fact that McCartney's songwriting usually describes the lives and hopes of fictional, but realistic, normal people. Lennon's writing is usually autobiographical or about a social or political issue instead. This isn't always the case, but it is the usual main difference between McCartney and Lennon's solo work.

Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York, "Another Day" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why" featured instrumentation from future Wings members, Denny Seiwell (drummer), Dave Spinozza, and Hugh McCracken (guitarists). The decision to release the songs on a single reportedly went to the assistant engineer, Dixon Van Winkle, who later felt they "got carried away with the bass part" on "Another Day".

"Oh Woman, Oh Why", the aforementioned B-side, might be seen as a continuation of the previous song, but it is unlikely. The phrase "fed up with your lying, cheating ways" implies that the woman has had to deal with this cad for a while, not that he just came and went. However, the next line, "But I get up every morning and every day" does seem a little more than a coincidence. Written solely by Paul, its dark tone, complete with gunshots, is vastly different from much of his catalog. Also notable about it is the fact that he sings both the male and female viewpoints in the song, using higher and lower voices, despite the fact that Linda is heard in the refrains.

"Another Day"/"Oh Woman, Oh Why" reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, but in the U.S. it only got up to number five. Paul McCartney doesn't perform these tracks in concert, but they are held in high-esteem. When Ram was re-released on CD, both of the songs were added on as a bonus. Whereas "Another Day" was included on the Wings Greatest, All The Best, and Wingspan: Hits and History compilations, "Oh Woman, Oh Why" has seen a different legacy. It was included twice on the DJ Freelance Hellraiser Twin Freaks remix album. It is first mixed along with elements of "Band On The Run", "Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)", and "Venus & Mars", but its guitar sounds appear on "Lahula" later on in the album. It was also covered by orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert, and by Ray Paul and Emitt Rhodes on a 2001 McCartney tribute album.

"Another Day" is featured in the films 50 First Dates (2004) and The Lovely Bones (2009).