The Paul McCartney Project

Album This song officially appears on the Wide Prairie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1998
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

Another collaboration between Linda, Carla Lane, and myself, which in this case deals with the last days of a cow under sentence of death. The sweet innocence of the song made many of our friends decide to “go veggie”. Linda probably has done more than anyone else to bring vegetarianism into the dietary mainstream of our society, and made thousands of people ponder to wisdom of our cruel treatment of animals generally.

Last updated on November 5, 2016

Lyrics

Placid creature
Standing in your June field
Placid creature
Standing in your June field
With one more day of grazing
Before the slaughter truck
And when it comes you will go
With quiet dignity
Across the yard
Up the ramp
Into the truck, Oh
Trusting creature
Going to meet the final man
With nothing on your face
Except for that familiar beauty
And he will eat you
Because he didn't look
Because he didn't look
He didn't look
Placid creature
Standing in your June field
With one more day of grazing
Before the slaughter truck
Placid creature
Standing in your June field
With one more day of grazing
Before the slaughter truck
Placid creature
Standing in your June field
With one more day of grazing
Before the slaughter truck
And he will eat you
Because he didn't look
Because he didn't look
He didn't look

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie / Cow / Love's Full Glory

CD Single

4:24 • Studio versionA


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

4:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Electric guitar, Harmony vocals, Hofner bass, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Casio keyboard, Harmony vocals, Lead vocals
Carla Lane:
Spoken verse
Peter Henderson:
Engineer

Wide Prairie (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

4:27 • Studio versionA2019 • 2019 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Electric guitar, Harmony vocals, Hofner bass, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Casio keyboard, Harmony vocals, Lead vocals
Carla Lane:
Spoken verse
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Bootlegs


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

3:50 • Alternate take


Appaloosa Love

Unofficial album • Released in 1998

3:52 • Outtake • April 1988 - With Robbie MacIntosh


The Beatles At The Beeb - Repair

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

0:35 • Live • John Poem (National Health )


Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:39 • Studio version • Unreleased Early Rough Mix


Flowers In The Dirt - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:27 • Studio version


Videos

Album • Wide Prairie

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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