The Paul McCartney Project

Deliver Your Children

Album This song officially appears on the London Town Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1978
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Denny Laine, CultureSonar interview, December 24, 2018:

[…] “Deliver Your Children” was one of mine. I lived in Spain for a while, took some flamenco guitar from there, so that gave it a bit of a different feel. Very me that song and people like it. Paul and I were very into folk music… I was into bluegrass… I like Django Reinhardt. […]

Denny Laine

Last updated on March 18, 2019

Lyrics

Well, the rain was a-falling
And the ground turned to mud
I was watching all the people
Running from the flood
So I started to prayin'
Though I ain't no prayin' man
For the Lord to come a helpin'
Knowing he'd understand

Deliver your children to the good good life
Give ‘em peace and shelter and a fork and knife
Shine a light in the morning and a light at night
And if a thing goes wrong you'd better make it right

Well, I had me a woman
She was good and clean
She spent all day with the washing machine
But when it come to lovin'
She was never around
She was out getting dirty
All over town

Chorus

Well, I was low on money
And my truck broke down
I was on my way to the lost and found
So I took it to a dealer
I said make it run
Well, I ain't got no money
But I got me a gun

I said you robbed me before
So I'm robbing you back
And if it don't put you straight
It'll put you on the right track
Well, I ain't no devil and I ain't no saint
But I can tell a dealer by the colour of his paint

Chorus

If you want good eggs
You gotta feed that hen
And if you wanna hear some more
Well, I'll sing it again

Officially appears on


London Town

Official album • Released in 1978

4:18 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 1 to May 31, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


London Town (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:18 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 1 to May 31, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

4:15 • Studio version


London Town Roughs And Demos

Unofficial album • Released in 1991

4:16 • Studio version


Water Wings

Unofficial album • Released in 1999

4:26 • Rough mix • From Stereo 1978 Test Pressing Acetate - With Rough Different Mix


Water Wings

Unofficial album • Released in 1999

4:16 • Studio version


London Town Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2003

4:16 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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