Live and Let Die
When you were young And your heart was an open book You used to say live and let live You know you did You know you did You know you did But if this ever changin' world In which we live in Makes you give in and cry Say live and let die Live and let die What does it matter to ya When you got a job to do you got to do it well You got to give the other fella hell You used to say live and let live You know you did You know you did You know you did But if this ever changin' world In which we live in Makes you give in and cry Say live and let die Live and let die
Written by: Linda McCartney, Paul James McCartney
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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5 facts about this song
Paul McCartney and Wings
"Live and Let Die" was written by Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. - The song was originally recorded by the band Wings for the James Bond movie of the same name released in 1973. - This was the first time a rock music band had recorded a James Bond theme song. - It was the most successful Bond theme up to that point, charting high in many countries.
George Martin, often known as "the fifth Beatle," produced the song. - Martin had previously worked with McCartney during their time with the Beatles. - His expertise in classical music created the orchestral elements of the song.
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses covered "Live and Let Die" for their album "Use Your Illusion I", released in 1991. - The cover received praise for maintaining the energy and intensity of the original. - This version peaked at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. - In their live performances, they often combine pyrotechnics and visuals during this song's performance.
Song's Recognition and Influence
"Live and Let Die" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Original Score category and an Oscar for Best Original Song. - The song has been included in numerous film soundtracks and TV shows, including Shrek The Third and American Dad. - In 2012, Paul McCartney performed the song at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
The song combines different musical elements like rock, reggae, and orchestral, demonstrating the experimental spirit of the era's music. - "Live and Let Die" has appeared in revisionist readings of James Bond movie themes reflecting changing societal attitudes towards gender and race. - The Guns N' Roses cover introduced the song to a younger generation and is still a hallmark of their live performances.
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