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taxman
Aug 06, 2004, 06:21 PM
"Penina" is certainly one of the most obscure songs written by Paul McCartney.

Back in the '60s McCartney vacationed in the Algarve (Portugal) finding it to be one of the few places he could walk down the streets unrecognized when the Beatles were at their height.

The song "Penina" was written by Paul, in December 1968, at the Hotel Penina and later recorded, first by the band Jota Herre, and, only two months later, by Carlos Mendes, who until 1967 was a member of The Sheiks, also known as the portuguese Beatles.

Paul improvised the song on the spot, while playing at the hotel's bar one night, invited by a member of Jota Herre.

As some of you probably know, until recently this song was not avaliable on CD, and even on vinyl could be only found on the 1979 LP "The Songs Lennon And McCartney Gave Away".

Last March, though, was released the CD "All You Need Is Lisboa", featuring versions of Beatles songs made by portuguese artists, and the two "Penina" versions (by Jota Herre and Carlos Mendes).

So, for those who would like to know this song, I've uploaded both versions:
(sorry about the poor quality of the sound, but had to be this way to assure a fast download)

Jota Herre (http://taxman.no.sapo.pt/jotaherre.mp3)

Carlos Mendes (http://taxman.no.sapo.pt/carlosmendes.mp3)

Lyrics:

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

I'VE BEEN TO ALDEBARAN,
I HAD A GOOD TIME THERE.
THEN I CAME TO PENINA
AND FOUND GOOD FRIENDS.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

DRINKING LIQUIDS, DRINKING MUSIC,
TIME HAS COME, FILL MY HEART.
BEAT THE DRUMS, TAKE ME HOME,
HELP ME, FRIENDS, FREE MY SOUL.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

TIME HAS COME, TIME HAS GONE,
TIME TO BED, FORGIVE ME, FRIENDS.
TAKE MY ARM, GIRL, LET'S GO HOME,
THANK YOU ALL, LEFT ON BOARD.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

PENINA, PENINA,
PENINA, ONE NIGHT.

PENINA,
PENINA,
PENINA.

AnyRoad69
Aug 07, 2004, 02:03 AM
the Songs was a single published both April 1969 but no chart entry


http://digilander.libero.it/tibemaj/c/jotta.jpg


18 Juli 1969
http://www.geocities.com/beatlesinspain/Paulcollaborations/jpg/PM-144.jpg


http://www.geocities.com/beatlesinspain/Paulcollaborations/jpg/PM144.JPG

Additional Info: Accordingto the book "LAS CANCIONES SECRETAS DE LOS BEATLES" Carlos Mendes records this song because it was a famous Portuguese singer and had a contract with EMI-Parlophone (Portugal) at the time. That's why HIS version was included in the LP"THE SONGS THE BEATLES GAVE AWAY" (1979)

PARLOPHONE PM 144

CD only on Bootlegs

george_on_cloud9
Aug 07, 2004, 03:07 AM
COOL! Is that a song from Portugal?????

beatlebangs1964
Aug 07, 2004, 09:24 AM
Hey, thanks for posting this.

I always associate the name "Penina" with a sweet old female basset hound who lived in the neighborhood. Nice to know about that Beatle association indeed! http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup2.gif

george_on_cloud9
Aug 07, 2004, 09:25 AM
http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/afraid1.gif http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif

george_on_cloud9
Aug 07, 2004, 09:27 AM
By the way... I am Portuguese, but I want to know what the meaning of the word? Because in Portuguese is something which can't mention...

What the exact meaning?????? http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

taxman
Aug 07, 2004, 10:03 AM
[ QUOTE ]
george_on_cloud9 Posted:
By the way... I am Portuguese, but I want to know what the meaning of the word? Because in Portuguese is something which can't mention...

What the exact meaning?????? http://www.beatlelinks.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

[/ QUOTE ]

Penina is the name of the hotel where Paul composed (improvised, to be more precise) the song.

george_on_cloud9
Aug 07, 2004, 10:05 AM
Oh, I see... And where is the Hotel located?

taxman
Aug 07, 2004, 10:10 AM
It's near Alvor (Algarve).
Do you know the book "Beatles em Portugal" by Luis Pinheiro de Almeida and Teresa Lage?
This story and much more (including some George's stories related to Portugal) are there. Itīs a nice book.

george_on_cloud9
Aug 07, 2004, 10:13 AM
I know. I heard of the book, but didn't have the opportunity to buy it... That's ok...

George liked the Portuguese guitars so much that bought one for himself.

taxman
Aug 07, 2004, 10:14 AM
[ QUOTE ]
george_on_cloud9 Posted:

George liked the Portuguese guitars so much that bought one for himself.

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Yep, thatīs one of the stories.

AnyRoad69
Aug 07, 2004, 02:08 PM
http://my-beatles-books.com/2002/2002-114.jpg
from 2002???
Beatles Em Portugal
Pinheiro de Almeida, Luis & Teresa Lage
Assirio & Alvim, Portugal
ISBN-Nr.: 9723707667



http://beatlesportugal.planetaclix.pt/imagens/paul-yesterday-portugal.jpg

taxman
Aug 07, 2004, 02:52 PM
Thatīs the book.
The cover photo was taken when Paul landed in Lisbon airport in 1965, with Jane Asher. You can see TAP written in his bag, that's the most important portuguese airline.

beatlebangs1964
Aug 08, 2004, 11:16 AM
I've got to get that book!

taxman
Aug 08, 2004, 12:29 PM
[ QUOTE ]
beatlebangs1964 Posted:
I've got to get that book!

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The book is in Portuguese only, there's no edition in English (so far, at least).

george_on_cloud9
Aug 08, 2004, 04:46 PM
That was what I was telling in "Paperback Writer". Beatlebangs posted another thread there...

beatlebangs1964
Aug 11, 2004, 11:26 AM
Since there is a related topic on this book in Paperback Writer, this thread will be closed.