Country Dreamer

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

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.

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". Credits indicate "recording Aug 24, mixing Aug 29", but the acoustic feel of it (Paul on acoustic guitar and vocals) suggests it was recorded on August 30, as part of "The Backyard" section

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 30, 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


One Hand Clapping (2 LP and 7”)

LP • Released in 2024

2:17 • Studio versionC • "The Backyard" version

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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



What A Mean Fiddler

Unofficial live • Released in 1992

2:25 • Live • Backyard Tape


Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

2:16 • Studio version


Latest concerts where Country Dreamer has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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