Step Inside Love / Los Paranoias

Release date: 28 October 1996

Step inside, love
Let me find you a place where the curse of the day
Will be carried away by the smile on your face
We are together now and forever, come my way

Step inside, love, and stay
Step inside, love, step inside, love
Step inside, love, I want you to stay

You look tired, love
Let me turn down the light, come in out of the cold
Rest your head on my shoulder and love me tonight
I'll always be here if you should need me night and day

Step inside, love, and stay
Step inside, love, step inside, love
Step inside, love, I want you to stay

When you leave me
Say you'll see me again for I know in my heart
We will not be apart and I'll miss you
'Til then we'll be together now and forever, come my way

Step inside, love, and stay
Step inside, love, I want you to step inside, love
You know I do, step inside, love

"Step Inside Love"
Single by Cilla Black
Released 8 March 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:22
Label Parlophone R5674
Writer(s) Lennon-McCartney
Producer George Martin
Cilla Black singles chronology
"I Only Live to Love You"
"Step Inside Love"
"Where is Tomorrow"
"Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias"
Song by the Beatles from the album Anthology 3
Released 28 October 1996
Recorded 16 September 1968
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:30
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon-McCartney
Producer Chris Thomas
Anthology 3 track listing
"What's the New Mary Jane"
"Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias"
"I'm So Tired"

"Step Inside Love" is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited as "Lennon-McCartney") for Cilla Black in 1967 as a theme for her TV series Cilla, which first aired on 30 January 1968.

In late 1967 McCartney was approached to write the theme by Cilla and her series producer Michael Hurll. He recorded the original demo version at his London home, accompanying himself on guitar, which consisted of just one verse and the chorus. This was used as the theme during the early weeks of the show, until it was decided that the song needed an additional verse, so McCartney came down to the BBC Theatre and wrote it there. According to Hurll, the opening line of the second verse ("You look tired, love") came from McCartney's observation of Cilla looking tired from the long rehearsals for the TV show. McCartney then added a third verse and this version was recorded as a studio demo at Chappell Studios in London on 21 November 1967, with McCartney on guitar accompanying Cilla on vocals. This demo was the basis for the single, although where the McCartney demos were recorded in the key of D, the final arrangement of the single version was transposed up a fifth to G, to take advantage of Cilla's higher register.

The single version of the song (with Cilla singing live over the studio backing track) was premiered on the 5 March 1968 edition of her show; the single was released on 8 March 1968, and reached number eight on the British charts in April 1968. The recording was also featured on Black's third solo studio album Sher-oo! Remixed club versions of Cilla's original 1960s vocal were released in 2009 on her album "Cilla All Mixed Up".

In 2002, DJ Tommy Sandhu managed to coax Cilla back into the recording studio to re-record "Step Inside Love". Sandhu then remixed the song and 3,000 white labels of it were sent to British clubs under the name TS vs CB. The 12" charted at number three on Music Week's club chart. A maxi single of all of these remixes was released to download worldwide on 30 November 2009.

McCartney recorded the song on 16 September 1968 during The Beatles (a.k.a. "The White Album") sessions, but it did not appear on the album. After ad libbing "Step Inside Love", McCartney led the group into "Los Paranoias", which (despite Harrison not being present) was credited to all four members of the band. The two songs were released as a single CD track on Anthology 3 in 1996.

In 2010, during a BBC interview, Black revealed that the song had been banned in South Africa due to fears that the lyrics contained hidden sexual elements.

Step Inside Love: ©1968 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Los Paranoias: ©1996 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Harrisongs Ltd - Warner Chappell Music Ltd All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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