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"Teddy Boy" is a song by Paul McCartney and was first released on his first solo album McCartney, released in April 1970 after The Beatles disbanded. It was written by McCartney and originally recorded during the sessions for what became the Beatles' Let It Be album (1970). Several versions exist, all of which are acoustic, some of which included electric guitar or improvised harmony vocals.

The Beatles recorded the song a number of times in January 1969, at their Apple Studios in London. A composite version made of two of these recordings was released in 1996 on the Anthology 3 album.

According to Paul McCartney in the documentary Wingspan, McCartney wrote this for the Beatles' Let It Be sessions, but due to tension in the Beatles at the time nobody had the patience to work with the song, so Paul worked on it alone and released a rough demo on Anthology 3, and a final version appeared on his solo album McCartney.

Song summary[]

"Teddy Boy", tells the story of young boy whose mother tells him to be good. His mother then tells him about his father in the war and she starts to get upset and cries. Later, she gets a husband and Teddy Boy runs away because he can't take it anymore, but eventually returns to his mother.


Paul McCartney: Lead vocal and Acoustic Guitar.

John Lennon: Lead vocal and Acoustic Guitar.

George Harrison: Lead guitar.

Ringo Starr: Drums.