Band on the Run

Paul McCartney & Wings, Paul McCartney

About Band on the Run

"Band on the Run" is a song by the British–American rock band Paul McCartney and Wings, released as the title track to their 1973 album Band on the Run. The song was released as a single in April 1974 in the US and in June 1974 in the UK, following the success of "Jet", and became an international chart success. The song topped the charts in the United States, also reaching number 3 in the United Kingdom. The single sold over one million copies in 1974 in America. It has since become one of the band's most famous songs. A medley of three distinct musical passages that vary in style from folk rock to funk, "Band on the Run" is one of McCartney's longest singles at 5:09. The song was partly inspired by a comment that George Harrison had made during a meeting of the Beatles' Apple record label. The song-wide theme is one of freedom and escape, and its creation coincided with Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr having parted with manager Allen Klein in March 1973, leading to improved relations between McCartney and his fellow ex-Beatles. The original demos for this and other tracks on Band on the Run were stolen shortly after Wings arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, to begin recording the album. With the band reduced to a trio consisting of McCartney, his wife Linda, and Denny Laine, "Band on the Run" was recorded at EMI's Lagos studio and completed at AIR Studios in London. 


Year:
1987
5:10
185 
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Stuck inside these four walls
Sent inside forever
Never seeing no one
Nice again like you
Mama you, mama you

If I ever get out of her,
Thought of giving it all away
To a registered charity.
All I need is a pint a day
If I ever get outta here
If we ever get outta of here

Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash
As we fell into the sun
And the first one said to the second one there
I hope you're having fun

Band on the run, band on the run
And the jailer man and sailor Sam
Were searching every one
For the band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run

Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh
Seeing no one else had come
And a bell was ringing in the village square
For the rabbits on the run

Band on the run
Band on the run
And the jailer man and sailor Sam
Were searching every one
For the band on the run
Band on the run

Yeah the band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run

Well, the night was falling as the desert world
Began to settle down.
In the town they're searching for us everywhere
But we never will be found

Band on the run
Band on the run
And the county judge who held a grudge
Will search for evermore
For the band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run
Band on the run

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Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the group's break-up, he pursued a solo career, later forming the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine. more »

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Written by: Linda McCartney, Paul James McCartney

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16 facts about this song

Song Artist
"Band on the Run" is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings, not The Beatles. It was McCartney's post-Beatles band.
Album Name
"Band on the Run" is also the title track from the album of the same name which was released in 1973.
Band Members
At the time of recording "Band on the Run", Wings had been reduced to a trio composed of Paul McCartney, his wife Linda McCartney, and Denny Laine.
Recording Location
The album "Band on the Run" was partly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria in a tumultuous recording experience.
Song Composition
The song "Band on the Run" is unique because it is essentially three different songs merged into one.
Song Length
The original album version of the song lasted for 5 minutes and 13 seconds.
Chart Performance
"Band on the Run" topped the charts in the United States, Canada, Australia, and reached number 3 in the United Kingdom.
Album Performance and Legacy
The album "Band on the Run" is often considered one of McCartney's best post-Beatles efforts and went triple platinum.
Grammy Awards
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus in 1975.
Critical Acclaim
The song has been praised by critics for its complexity and memorable lyrics, including being called a 'mini-symphony' by some.
Song Inspiration
McCartney has said that the song was inspired by the band's feelings of being under siege as former Beatles and the song's theme of freedom and escape from imprisonment.
Influence on Future Songs
The structure of merging multiple songs into one became a well-recognized trait in some of McCartney's later works.
Popular Culture
The song has been covered by numerous artists and has been used in several films and TV shows, which demonstrates its enduring popularity.
Tribute Bands
The song's title, "Band on the Run", has been used as a name for a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band.
Other Achievements
In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Band on the Run" number 418 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Reissues
The album "Band on the Run" has been reissued multiple times over the years. It was remastered and reissued in 1999 and again in 2010, with bonus tracks added each time.

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