Bip Bop

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1971 (Paul McCartney was 29 years old)

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



First rehearsals for Wings

July 20-22, 1971



Wild Life mixing #1

Aug 06, 1971


Wild Life mixing #5

Oct 15, 1971



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Song facts

The weakest song I have ever written in my life.

Paul McCartney

Bip Bop” is the second track from Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life“, released in 1971.  It was the first song of the album to be recorded (July 24th), one of the last ones to be mixed (October 17th); and, strange thing, was recorded in mono.

Aside from the version recorded with the full band, there is also one acoustic & instrumental version that has become “Bip Bop Link“, placed towards the end of the album.

I had a very simple thing going on with my guitar, my bass string, just plonking on it, a simple blues thing. We are very interested in playing chunky music, music that doesn’t particularly say anything. We’re not too serious; we like to have a bit of a bop.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

Bip Bop’ is just a song I wrote. It’s the one our baby likes. She knows it and it’s easy for her to sing. It might be ‘Flip Flop’, you know. It could be anything, but it’s ‘Bip Bop’.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

Wild Life” is often considered as a low-point in Paul McCartney’s career, with “Bip Bop” considered as the nadir of his compositions. Paul agrees and doesn’t keep the song high in his own esteem.

When you allow yourself to be playful, the morning after or the month after or the year after, you can just think, Oh, maybe that was a bit too playful.

Paul McCartney

It just goes nowhere. I still cringe every time I hear it.

Paul McCartney

Do you think there’s any merit to the frequent charge that your post-Beatles music has gotten too soft?

Yeah, I’m sure it’s true. You can’t get it right all the time. If there’s been a fault with my stuff, I think some of it was unfinished. Looking back on some of it now, I think, “You didn’t finish the bloody thing.” So . . . yeah, I might have been a bit soft, and some of it might have been a bit unfinished. And sometimes a critic will say, “That’s really lousy” – and I’ll tend to agree with him: “He’s right, it’s not very good, that one.” I know there are quite a few tracks on my albums that I just don’t like now. Like “Bip Bop,” off Wild Life – oh, God, I can’t listen to it; it just goes nowhere. But occasionally a good one comes along, and occasionally there’s a little wave on the little millpond, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Paul McCartney – From RollingStone, September 11, 1986

I remember saying to Trevor Horn that I really hated the songs from that period.  And he asked which ones.  “There’s a terrible little thing on Wild Life called Bip Bop”, I said, “It’s just nothing”.  And he said “You’re kidding, man, that’s one of my favourites!”.  My son’s been playing it recently and I think it’s a cracking little track.  I’d gone with the current opinion at the time, that it wasn’t much good.

Paul McCartney, Record Collector, June 1997

What’s the worst song you’ve ever written, then? “Bip Bop. The lyrics are fucking awful,” he grins, and then starts singing: “‘Bip bop, bip bip bop, Bip bop, bip bip band, Dig your bottom dollar, put it in your hand…’ But[producer] Trevor Horn told me, ‘That’s one of my favourites’. I can’t hate it that much, can I? There must have been a reason I liked it in the first place.

Paul McCartney – From Q Magazine, May 2015

You mentioned while you were remastering the track that you were perhaps a little embarrassed by the lyrics?

Well, definitely ‘Bip Bop’, I was, yeah. I mean, you know, we didn’t get good reviews for this because I think people were expecting something more sort of Beatle-like and I was purposefully digging my heels in saying, ‘We’re not gonna do that’. Just like an imitation of The Beatles. I didn’t feel like that was a good way to go. 

Paul McCartney – From paulmccartney.com, October 29, 2018

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

That’s my theory, that in years to come, people may actually look at all my work rather than the context of it following the Beatles. That’s the danger, as it came from Here, There And Everywhere, Yesterday, The Fool On The Hill, to Bip Bop, which is such an inconsequential little song. I must say, I’ve always hated that song.

Last updated on March 5, 2022

Lyrics

Bip bop, bip bop, bop,
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.
Bip bop, bip bop, bop,
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.

Take your bottom dollar, hold it in your hand,
(And you go) Bip bop, bip bop, bop.
Try to hide your handbag, underneath the stand,
(And you go) Bip bop, bip bop, bop.
Bip bop, bip bop, bam,

Try to hide your handbag, underneath the stand,
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Bip bop, bip bop, bop
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam,
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.

Try to hide your handbag underneath the stand,
(And you go) wip wop, wam and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Put your hair in curlers, we're goin' to see a band
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.

Treat me like a good boy, treat me like a man.

Take me hair in curlers, treat me like a man.

Variations


A Mono version • From "Wild Life"

A1993 1993 remaster • From "Wild Life (1993)"

A2016 2016 remaster • From "Pure McCartney (Deluxe)"

A2018 2018 Remaster • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

A2022 2022 half-speed mastering • From "Wild Life (50th Anniversary)"

B Home recording • From "Wingspan Hits And History"

B2018 Home recording. 2018 remaster • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

C Rough mix • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

L1 Live version • The Hague • Congresgebouw • Netherlands • Aug 21, 1972 • From "Wings Over Europe"

Officially appears on


Wild Life

LP • Released in 1971

4:10 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:10 • Studio versionA1993 • Mono • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Peter Mew :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:37 • DemoB • Home recording

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Remastering
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jun 06, 1971
Studio :
Campbeltown, Scotland

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


Wingspan Hits And History (US version)

Official album • Released in 2001

3:37 • DemoB • Home recording

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney
Paul McCartney :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jun 06, 1971
Studio :
Campbeltown, Scotland

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


Wingspan Hits And History (Japanese version)

Official album • Released in 2001

3:37 • DemoB • Home recording

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney
Paul McCartney :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jun 06, 1971
Studio :
Campbeltown, Scotland

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


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

4:13 • Studio versionA2016 • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

4:10 • Studio versionA2018 • 2018 Remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

4:21 • Rough mixC

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 06, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

3:17 • DemoB2018 • Home Recording

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jun 06, 1971
Studio :
Campbeltown, Scotland


Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

2:25 • LiveL1

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer
Jeremy Gee :
Recording engineer assistant
Graham Fleming :
Recording engineer assistant

Concert From the concert in The Hague, Netherlands on Aug 21, 1972


Bootlegs


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:52 • Outtake • acoustic





Arles'72

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

2:33 • Live

Concert From the concert in Arles, France on Jul 13, 1972


Films


Bip Bop

1971 • For Paul McCartney

Live performances

“Bip Bop” has been played in 21 concerts.

Latest concerts where Bip Bop has been played







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