Saturday, May 4, 2013

Paul McCartney & Wings: Band On The Run

In this music video, Paul McCartney & Wings perform “Band on the Run,” an amazing rock song that came out in December 1973. I first heard it in early 1974.

I remember it like it was yesterday. In those days, cool and groovy meant a good powerful receiver blasting at least 12 watts per channel, a turntable with excellent wow and flutter numbers to play records and 3-way speakers with suitably matched woofers, mid-range and tweeters, all encased in a beautiful dark-coloured wood.

My older brother and had just bought our first real serious stereo system. It was a fairly good home hi-fi system for what we paid for it. It was a Harman Kardon 330 B receiver, with either a Technics SL-1350 direct-drive turntable or a Garrard 301 turntable, and EPI 100 speakers.

We bought the system from money earned working that summer as house painters. Together, we earned about $500. The system we wanted, which was at a high-fidelity shop near our house (named Custom Sound or something to that effect), was $575 tax included. We convinced our father to contribute the difference. He did. The first album we played on it was “Band on the Run“ blasting away in our bedroom on high volume.

As for the song, it’s about freedom, individual liberty and identity, escaping from a prison, likely one of his own choosing. It’s also likely a reflective look at Paul’s years with “The Beatles,” and how it was necessary to escape the band—and its internal pressures—and form his own identity and his own band.

If I ever get out of here/Thought of giving it all away/To a registered charity.

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Band on the Run
by Paul & Linda McCartney

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