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Heart Of The Country

Album This song officially appears on the Ram Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The song has simple acoustic tune with a heavy bass chorus, and an unusually mellow sound to the acoustic guitar that was achieved by tuning all of the strings a full step lower than standard pitch. The topic is as simple as the title, a man searching for a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as “an effortless folk-pop tune that ranks among [McCartney’s] very best songs.” McCartney and Elvis Costello re-recorded the song in 2013 for a commercial featuring his late wife Linda’s vegetarian recipe book.

Paul re-recorded ‘Heart Of The Country’ at the tail-end of 2012 for a new Linda McCartney Foods advert promoting their new chilled range.

Last updated on December 27, 2013

Lyrics

I look high, I look low
I look in everywhere I go
Looking for a home
In the heart of the country

I'm gonna move, l'm gonna go,
I'm gonna tell everyone I know
Looking for a home
In the heart of the country

Heart of the country
Where the holy people grow
Heart of the country
Smell the grass in the meadow
Whoa whoa whoa whoa

Horse, I wanna sheep,
I wanna get me a good night's sleep
Living in a home
In the heart of the country

I'm gonna move, l'm gonna go
I'm gonna tell everyone I know
Living in a home
In the heart of the country

In the heart of the country
Horse, I got a sheep
Give me a good night's sleep

Uh hu
Heart of the country
Where the holy people grow
Heart of the country
Smell the grass in the meadow

Officially appears on


Ram

Official album • Released in 1971

2:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Mixed:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


The Back Seat of My Car

7" Single • Released in 1971

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Mixed:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Thrillington

Official album • Released in 1977

2:27 • Studio versionC • Instrumental version

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Roger Coulan:
Organ
Jim Lawless:
Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
The Swingle Singers:
Vocals
The Mike Sammes Singers:
Vocals (?)

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Ram (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:27 • Studio versionA

Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Mixed:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

2:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:24 • Studio versionA • Stereo version

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:23 • Studio versionB • Mono • Mono album: 2012 remaster


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:27 • Studio versionC2012 • Thrillington: 2012 remaster

Percy "Thrills" Thrillington:
Producer
Richard Hewson:
Arrangements, Orchestration
Tony Clark:
Mixing, Recording
Vic Flick:
Guitar
Clem Cattini:
Drums
Herbie Flowers:
Bass
Steve Gray:
Piano
Roger Coulan:
Organ
Jim Lawless:
Percussion
Alan Parsons:
Second engineer
The Swingle Singers:
Vocals
The Mike Sammes Singers:
Vocals (?)

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 16, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


James Paul McCartney

Unofficial live

0:00 • Live


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:52 • Studio version


The Alternate Ram

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:21 • Alternate take • Original mono promo LP, especially made for the American AM stations. All the songs have different mixes


The Alternate Ram

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:50 • Alternate take • Acoustic version from 'Backyard'


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

2:26 • Studio version


Videos

Album • Ram (1993)

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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