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Beware My Love

Album This song officially appears on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Beware My Love” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that was first released on the Wings 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also used as the B-side of the single that included “Let ‘Em In“. A live version recorded on June 7, 1976 in Denver, Colorado was included on the Wings’ album Wings Over America and another live version from three days later in Seattle, Washington was shown in the concert film Rockshow. An excerpt from the Rockshow performance was also included in the documentary Wings Over the World.

Lyrics and music

Like a number of successful Paul McCartney songs, “Beware My Love” is made of several disparate elements. The song begins with a brief harmonium melody followed by a repeated acoustic guitar figure. (The song’s album version has the previous song, “She’s My Baby“, fading out into the harmonium intro; “Beware”‘s single version fades in as the harmonium part fades out into the acoustic guitar riff.) Linda McCartney sings the intro and outro movements, with her voice multi-tracked, effectively singing on behalf of Paul McCartney—who sings the lead vocal in the main song. Over the course of the song, Paul McCartney’s singing, as well as the music, intensifies. In the main verses, the singer warns the woman he loves to beware because he does not believe that the other man she is seeing is right for her. In the bridges, he tells the woman that although he must leave now, “I’ll leave my message in my song.” (Author Robert Rodriguez finds this line ironic, since he believes the song apparently has no message. Authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter assert that the verses and chorus don’t seem to have much to do with each other.)

“Beware My Love” is a mid-tempo rock song that John Blaney compared to Wings’ “Rock Show” and “Soily” and author Tim Riley compared to The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” It is in the key of D minor, although the harmonium and acoustic guitar sections of the prelude are in C major and A major, respectively. The melody of the bridges is based on a descending tetrachord played on the bass guitar. Rodriguez particularly praises Paul McCartney’s bass guitar playing, Joe English’s drumming and Linda McCartney’s and Denny Laine’s backing vocals. The song was recorded in a manner that replicated a live recording set up, with all the players recorded together. McCartney stated that he was looking to achieve “excitement in the backing vocal so it’s human; you can hear we’re all there.”

Critical assessment

“Beware My Love” has been praised for being the only true rock song on Wings at the Speed of Sound, an album containing mostly ballads and disco-influenced songs. Blaney described the song as being meant to “dispel accusations that Wings were becoming a group of disco-loving softies.” In reviewing the album, Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called “Beware My Love” “the best-written song here that effortlessly moves from sun-drenched harmonies to hard rock.” Rock music critic Robert Christgau claimed that on the album, McCartney is “at full strength only on the impassioned ‘Beware My Love.'” Doug Pringle of The Montreal Gazette called the song “the only unqualified success on the album,” noting that “it builds from a gentle acoustic beginning to become the only truly electric song on the album.” Frank Rose of The Village Voice called this song and Denny Laine’s contribution to the album, “Time to Hide” “great, the kind of production numbers McCartney likes to trot out when he knows he’s got a real rocker.” Rolling Stone critic Dave Marsh also praised “Beware My Love” and “Time to Hide” as well as “Let ‘Em In” as successful examples of McCartney’s rock style. Rodriguez considered “Beware My Love” to be the only song on Wings at the Speed of Sound to be as good as the best songs from Wings’ previous two albums, Band on the Run and Venus and Mars. CD Review magazine described “Beware My Love” as “a fiery rocker.” Beatle authors Roy Carr and Tony Tyler used “Beware My Love” as an example of Wings at the Speed of Sound being strong melodically. Madinger and Easter described it as one “of the best songs on the LP.”

Rodriguez was even more effusive in his praise of the live version of the song on Wings Over America, which is a minute and half shorter than the studio version, praising Jimmy McCulloch’s guitar playing, Laine’s piano playing and English’s drum rolls. Larry Rohter of The Washington Post described the performance on Wings Over America as “rollicking” and “exciting.” Ben Fong-Torres described McCartney’s live performance of the song as “reaching back for some of that Little Richard inspiration.” Jon Marlowe of Miami News described the performance of “Beware My Love” in Rockshow as “rollicking” and one of the two moments in the film that feels like being at a rock show.

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Last updated on November 3, 2014

Lyrics

Can't say I've found out
I can't tell you what it's all about
Don't know who does
I tell you to beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love

Oh, oh, oh, no, no, no
I must be wrong, baby

But I don't believe that he's the one
But if you insist, I must be wrong
I must be wrong, I have to leave
And when I'm gone
I'll leave my message in my song
That’s right

Beware, my love, he'll bowl you over
Beware, my love, before you're much older
He’ll sweep you up under his carpet
You'd be in luck if you could stop it
Come on now

Beware, my love

Let me tell you
Well he’ll wear you out, and in a minute
You'll hear a shout, and then you'll be in it
So, so now beware my love, cos he’ll take you under
Beware, my love, the sound of his thunder

Yeah
But I don't believe that he's the one
But if you insist, I must be wrong
I must be wrong
But I have to leave, and when I'm gone
I'll leave my message in my song
That's where I’m gonna leave it

Come on, beware, my love
Cos you know he’ll bowl you over

Beware, my love, before you're much older
He’s gonna, yeah he’s gonna wear you out
Well in a minute, you'll hear a shout and then you'll be in it
Baby gonna be there
Baby beware
Beware, beware, my love

I don’t know if I can stand it anymore
I’m just gonna say to you my love
That you’d better be there

Can't say I've found out
I tell you to beware my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love
Beware, my love, beware, my love

Officially appears on


Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Official album • Released in 1976

6:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar (?), Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Piano
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Joe English:
Drums
Tony Clark:
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer (intro & outro) mixin

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


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

4:59 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Piano, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

6:32 • Studio versionA


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

4:59 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Piano, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey:
Remastering
Steve Rooke:
Remastering
Simon Gibson:
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

6:32 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

Outtake • John Bonham Version

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Moog
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Jimmy McCulloch:
Bass
Eddie Klein:
Mixing
John Bonham:
Drums
Phil Chapman:
Recording engineer
Nigel Brooke-Harte:
Assistant engineer

Bootlegs


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:09 • Alternate take • Complete instrumental acetate


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

5:44 • Alternate take • Incomplete


Wings Over Houston

Unofficial live

5:39 • Live

Concert From the concert in Houston, USA on May 04, 1976


Great Lost Takal Master

Unofficial live • Released in 1996

7:16 • Live

Concert From the concert in Landover, USA on May 15, 1976


Wings Over Boston

Unofficial live • Released in 2000

7:00 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boston, USA on May 22, 1976


Live performances

“Beware My Love” has been played in 43 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Beware My Love” has been played








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