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C Moon

Album This song officially appears on the Hi, Hi, Hi 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1972
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“C Moon” is a pop song with a reggae beat, written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Wings. It was released as a double A-side with “Hi, Hi, Hi” in 1972. With the ban of “Hi Hi Hi” in the United Kingdom, “C Moon” became a top five hit. On the strength of that chart performance, it was included in McCartney’s 1987 hits compilation, All the Best!.

The name “C Moon” was inspired by lyrics in the song “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. McCartney said, “There’s a line in [Wooly Bully] that says, ‘Let’s not be L7.’ Well, L7, it was explained at the time, means a square—put L and 7 together and you get a square… So I thought of the idea of putting a C and a moon together (a half-moon) to get the opposite of a square. So ‘C Moon’ means cool, in other words.”

The recording includes a missed-cue intro that was kept in the released version. Sometimes, when the song is performed live, McCartney will shout words in Jamaican (including “Rastafari”) during the intro, replacing the line “Was that the intro I should have been in?”.[citation needed]

The song is in the key of C and is in 4/4 time. The performers change instruments from their usual places. Guitarist Henry McCullough plays drums, guitarist Denny Laine plays bass, and drummer Denny Seiwell plays xylophone.

The song was recorded around the same time as “Hi, Hi, Hi”, in November 1972.

Also released on McCartney’s All the Best, and later reissued on a remastered Red Rose Speedway in 1993, and finally on the Wingspan 2-CD compilation album.

Last updated on March 15, 2014

Lyrics

C moon, C moon, C moon is she
C moon, C moon, C moon to me

How come no one older than me
Ever seems to understand the things I want to do?
It will be L seven and I'd never get to heaven
If I filled my head with glue
What's it all to you?

C moon, C moon, C moon is she
C moon, C moon, C moon to me

Bobby lived with Patty but they never
told her daddy
What their love was all about
She could tell her lover that he thought but
She never was the type to let it out
What's it all about?

C moon, C moon, oh, C moon are we
I said, C moon, C moon, C moon are we

How come no one older than me
Ever seems to understand the things I want to do?
It will be L seven and I'd never get to heaven
If I filled my head with glue
What's it all to you?

C moon, C moon, C moon is she
C moon, C moon, C moon to me

Bobby lived with Patty but they never told
her daddy
What their love was all about
She could tell her lover that he thought but
She never wanted to let it out
What's it all about?

C moon, C moon, C moon are we
C moon, C moon, C moon are we
C moon are we…

Officially appears on


Hi, Hi, Hi

7" Single • Released in 1972

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Cornet, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough:
Drums
Denny Seiwell:
Cornet, Xylophone
Heather McCartney:
Backing vocals
Mary McCartney:
Backing vocals
Alan Parsons:
Engineer

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


All The Best!

Official album • Released in 1987

4:34 • Studio version


All My Trials

CD Single • Released in 1990

Studio versionL1


All My Trials

CD Single • Released in 1990

3:35 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Matt Butler:
Mixing

Concert From the concert in Milan, Italy on Oct 26, 1989


Red Rose Speedway (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:36 • Studio version


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

4:35 • Studio version


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

3:51 • LiveL2

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Washington, USA on Apr 23, 2002


Amoeba's Secret

EP • Released in 2009

3:18 • LiveL3

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Red Rose Speedway (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.23

Unofficial album

2:35 • Studio version


Celebration In Colorado

Unofficial live

4:47 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005


Live in Sheffield 1973

Unofficial live

Live


Dome In Rehearsal

Unofficial live

4:14 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Fukuoka, Japan on Nov 18, 1993



Live performances

“C Moon” has been played in 66 concerts and 71 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “C Moon” has been played


400e Anniversaire De Quebec

Jul 20, 2008 • Canada • Quebec City • Plains Of Abraham


Independence Concert

Jun 14, 2008 • Ukraine • Kiev • Independence Square


Liverpool Sound

Jun 01, 2008 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Anfield Stadium


Electric Proms

Oct 25, 2007 • United Kingdom • London • Roundhouse


Live At The Olympia

Oct 22, 2007 • France • Paris • Olympia



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