Give Ireland Back To The Irish

Timeline More from year 1972
UK release date:
Feb 25, 1972
US release date:
Feb 19, 1972

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About

From Wikipedia:

Give Ireland Back to the Irish” is the debut single by the British–American rock band Wings that was released in February 1972. It was written by Paul McCartney and his wife Linda in response to the events of Bloody Sunday, on 30 January that year, when British troops in Northern Ireland shot dead thirteen civil rights protestors. Keen to voice their outrage at the killings, Wings recorded the track two days later at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the band’s first song to include Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough.

“Give Ireland Back to the Irish” was banned from broadcast in the UK by the BBC and other organisations, and was overlooked by the majority of radio programmers in the United States. The single peaked at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but topped the national chart in Ireland. Having never released an overtly political song before, McCartney was condemned by the British media for his seemingly pro-IRA stance on Northern Ireland. As with Wings’ recent album, Wild Life, the song was also maligned by many music critics. These writers found McCartney’s lyrics overly simplistic and viewed the single as an attempt by him to gain credibility for his new band on the back of a pressing political issue. […]

From Melody Maker – March 11, 1972

Last updated on August 11, 2022

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Mixing "Give Ireland Back To The Irish"

Feb 04, 1972 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Give Ireland Back To The Irish


Mixing "Give Ireland Back To The Irish"

Feb 03, 1972 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Give Ireland Back To The Irish


Recording "Give Ireland Back To The Irish"

Feb 01, 1972 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Give Ireland Back To The Irish

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