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Deliver Your Children

Album This song officially appears on the London Town Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1978

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"London Town" sessions #2

May 1 to May 31, 1977


"London Town" sessions #4

October 25 to December 1, 1977

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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
From Wikipedia:

“Deliver Your Children” is a song written by Denny Laine and Paul McCartney that was first issued on Wings’ 1978 album London Town. It was also released as the B-side of Wings’ single “I’ve Had Enough.” In the Netherlands, it received enough airplay to be ranked on the national charts along with its A-side, and joint single reached #13. On some charts within the Netherlands “Deliver Your Children” was ranked alone on the single charts, and it reached #9 on the Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 chart. Laine also released solo recordings of the song.

Writing and recording

Laine wrote most of the song himself and McCartney helped him complete it. It was originally written during the Venus and Mars sessions in 1975. Laine’s original title for the song was “Feel the Love,” despite the fact that the song lyrics do not contain the phrase, but McCartney suggested the revised title. It was recorded on the yacht Fair Carol in the Virgin Islands in May 1977; at the time Linda McCartney was pregnant with her and Paul’s fourth child, James. Laine sings the lead vocal and both Laine and McCartney play acoustic guitar. Laine also plays the Spanish guitar solos. McCartney also plays bass guitar, and both he and Linda McCartney provide backing vocals.

Personnel

Lyrics and music

“Deliver Your Children” is an uptempo song. Music professor Vincent Benitez and Beatles biographer Robert Rodriguez describe it as being “folksy.” It is one of two songs on London Town primarily written by Laine with children as its theme. The verses describe a variety of unlucky experiences the singer has had, including getting caught in a rain storm, dealing with an unfaithful lover, and dealing with an unscrupulous repairman who can’t fix his truck. Both Benitez and McCartney biographer John Blaney describe the verses as “rambling.” The refrain contrasts by exhorting the listener to deliver the children to the good life and make things right for them.

According to Benitez, the song sounds as if it is in the key of A minor but the guitars are actually played in the key of D minor with a capo on the seventh fret. Actually, the verses are neither in a major or a minor key, but in a Dorian mode, which emphasizes their harsh imagery. The first two verses, the guitar solo near the end and the outro are in D-Dorian, while the last verses are in G-Dorian. The refrain is in C major, contrasting the verses and emphasizing its more hopeful lyrics.

Reception

Rolling Stone Magazine critic Janet Maslin described “Deliver Your Children” as “wonderful” and one of the best songs on London Town. Rodriquez regards it as the best of McCartney’s and Laine’s collaborations. Beatle biographers Roy Carr and Tony Tyler described it as “minor key Nashville chunkachuck” displaying “superior craftmanship.” Music critic Joel McNally regards it as a “good” song, describing it as “an upbeat number that dares to use some acoustic guitars in an electronic age. Author Giuseppe Rausa regards “Deliver Your Children” as one of the few memorable songs on London Town, describing it as a pleasant, quick, country music-like song.

References

External links

Last updated on February 4, 2020

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


I've Had Enough / Deliver Your Children

7" Single • Released in 1978

Studio version


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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