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Big Barn Bed

Album This song officially appears on the Red Rose Speedway Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Big Barn Bed” is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings from the band’s 1973 album, Red Rose Speedway. The songwriting credits are attributed to Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney.

Background

Like the Red Rose Speedway tracks “Get On the Right Thing” and “Little Lamb Dragonfly“, “Big Barn Bed” was a leftover from the McCartneys’ solo career. The song dates back to 1971, when a snippet of the track, intended to be the coda to the “Ram On” reprise, was heard during the recording of the McCartneys’ album Ram. However, during the recording sessions for Red Rose Speedway, the song was recorded by the band for the new album. “Big Barn Bed” was originally intended to be the opening track of the double-LP version of Red Rose Speedway, but although the final album was cut down to a single disc, the song remained the album’s opener.

A live version of “Big Barn Bed” was also included as the opening track in the James Paul McCartney television special. While the song was being performed, a description of each member of Wings was presented.

Critical opinion

Rolling Stone critic Lenny Kaye described the track as “captur[ing] McCartney’s current approach as well as any“, saying, “Neither verse nor chorus are anything much, but the song draws you slowly in with the same steady roll of traction demonstrated by that odd union of records which score heavily in the discotheque markets, reaching its peak with the endless repetitions of the chorus line in the end.” AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine includes “Big Barn Bed” among “the greatest songs” on Red Rose Speedway, but labels the track “slight“.

Big Barn Bed” was performed during some soundchecks on the “Out There” tour in 2013.

Last updated on May 13, 2018

Lyrics

Who's that coming round that corner
Who's that coming round that bend
Who's that coming round that corner, Will it
Will it be my friend

Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed

Who you gonna weep on?
Who you gonna sleep on?
Who you gonna creep on next?

Weeping on a willow
Sleeping on a pillow
Leaping armadillo, yes.

Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed

Will it, will it be my friend

Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed

Who you gonna weep on?
Who you gonna sleep on?
Who you gonna creep on next?

Weeping on a willow
Sleeping on a pillow
Leaping armadillo, yes.

Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed
Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed etc

Officially appears on


Red Rose Speedway

Official album • Released in 1973

3:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
John Kurlander:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 09, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Red Rose Speedway (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:49 • Studio versionR1993

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
John Kurlander:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer
Peter Mew:
Remastering
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 09, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

3:51 • Studio versionR2016

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
John Kurlander:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 09, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Red Rose Speedway (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:50 • Studio versionR2018 • 2018 Remaster

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
John Kurlander:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Steve Orchard:
Remastering
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 09, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Red Rose Speedway (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:50 • Studio versionR2018

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
John Kurlander:
Mixing assistant engineer
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Steve Orchard:
Remastering
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Jan 09, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Red Rose Speedway (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:48 • Studio versionB • Rough Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Glyn Johns:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Phil Ault:
Recording assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 06, 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
March 1972
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

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


Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

4:28 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney:
Producer
John Kurlander:
Recording engineer assistant
Alan Parsons:
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton:
Mastering
Steve Orchard:
Mixing
Phil Hancock:
Technical assistance during recording

Concert From the concert in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom on Jul 10, 1973

Live performances

“Big Barn Bed” has been played in 14 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Big Barn Bed” has been played



Sheffield • City Hall

Jul 04, 1973 • Part of Wings 1973 UK Tour






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