Country Dreamer

Album This song officially appears on the Helen Wheels / Country Dreamer 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions







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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Country Dreamer” is the B-side song to the single “Helen Wheels” released by Paul McCartney and Wings on 26 October 1973 in the UK and 12 November 1973 in the US. It was recorded in October 1972, and its country ambiance is similar to “Heart of the Country” from Paul McCartney’s 1971 album Ram.

The song was originally intended to be on Red Rose Speedway when it was to be a double album. It appears as a bonus track on the 1988 CD release of Red Rose Speedway and on the 1993 CD release of Band on the Run included in The Paul McCartney Collection.

Last updated on March 7, 2014

The book "The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present", published in 2021, covers Paul McCartney's early Liverpool days, the Beatles, Wings, and solo careers, by pairing the lyrics of 154 of his songs with first-person commentaries of the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now.

"Country Dreamer" is one of the 154 songs covered.

Lyrics

I'd like to walk in a field with you
Take my hat and my boots off too
I'd like to lie in a field with you
Would you like to do it too, May?
Would you like to do it too?

I'd like to stand in a stream with you
Roll my trousers up and not feel blue
I'd like to wash in a stream with you
Would you like to do it too?

You and I, country dreamer
When there's nothing else to do
Me, oh my, country dreamer
Make a country dream come true

I'd like to climb up a hill with you
Stand on top and admire the view
I'd like to roll down a hill with you
Would you like to do it too, may?
Now would you like to do it too?

You and I, country dreamer
When there's nothing else to do
Me, oh my, country dreamer
Make a country dream come true

I'd like to climb up a hill with you
Take my hat and my boots off too
I'd like to lie in a field with you
Would you like to do it too, may?
Would you like to do it too?
Would you like to do it too?

Officially appears on


Helen Wheels / Country Dreamer

7" Single • Released in 1973

3:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer (?), Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer (?)
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 10, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Band On The Run (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:12 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer (?), Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer (?)
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 10, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

3:10 • Studio versionA2010 • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer (?), Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer (?)
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 10, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

2:17 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 24, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 29, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

3:10 • Studio versionA2018 • 2018 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer (?), Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer (?)
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 10, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

3:10 • Studio versionA2018

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer (?), Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer (?)
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 10, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 on Amazon

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

2:16 • Studio version


The Alternate Red Rose Speedway Volume 1: The Original Acetate

Unofficial album

3:10 • Studio version



Backyard +

Unofficial album

2:19 • Studio rehearsal

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Aug 30, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


What A Mean Fiddler

Unofficial live • Released in 1992

2:25 • Live • Backyard Tape


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

Going further


Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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