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Arrow Through Me

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Arrow Through Me” is an R&B song by Wings.

It was the A-side of the second US single released from Back to the Egg and peaked at number 29. The B-side was “Old Siam, Sir“, which was the A-side of the first UK single.

The rumour that it inspired ABC’s 1982 hit “Poison Arrow” is false, although there are similarities in its music video to that of Wings’ “Goodnight Tonight“, released the same year.

The song was used with the opening credits of, and as a main melody line through, the 1980 movie Oh! Heavenly Dog, starring Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour and Benji. In 2010, neo-soul artist Erykah Badu sampled “Arrow Through Me” on an album track called “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long” on her CD ‘New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh’.

Last updated on March 6, 2014

Lyrics

oh baby you couldn't
Have done a worse thing to me
If you'd have taken an arrow
And run it right through me*
Ooh ooh baby a bird in the hand
Is worth two flying
But when it came to love
I knew you'd be lying

It could have been
A finer fling
Would have been a
Major attraction
With no other thing
Offering a
Note of distraction
Come on get up
Get under way
And bring your love

**Ooh baby you wouldn't have
Found a more down hero
If you'd have started at nothing
And counted to zero

Repeat*
It could have been
A finer fling
Flying in a righter direction
With no other thing
Featuring but love and affection
Come on get up
Get under way
And bring your love

**Ooh baby you wouldn't have
Found a more down hero
If you'd have started at nothing
And counted to zero

Repeat*

It could have been
A finer fling
Flying in a righter direction
With no other thing
Featuring but love and affection
Come on get up
Get under way
And bring your love

Repeat**

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

3:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Howie Casey:
Horns
Thaddeus Richard:
Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
Steve Holly:
Drums, Flexatone
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Steve Howard:
Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Horns

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:37 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
June 29 - July 27, 1978
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

3:35 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

3:43 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

3:49 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

3:42 • Outtake


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

2:59 • Outtake


Live performances

“Arrow Through Me” has been played in 18 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Arrow Through Me” has been played


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon







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