The Paul McCartney Project

Heart Of The Country

Album This song officially appears on the Ram Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1970 (Paul McCartney was 28 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions









"James Paul McCartney" sessions

February - March 1973


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Song facts

Heart Of The Country” is a song from 1971 album “Ram” credited to Paul & Linda McCartney. From Wikipedia:

[…] The song is a 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 song is about a man searching for a farm in the middle of nowhere. The song reflects Paul’s heading for the Scottish countryside to escape the headaches associated with the Beatles’ break-up at the time. […]

In a contemporary review for Ram, Jon Landau of Rolling Stone gave “Heart of the Country” a negative review, calling it the album’s “lowest point“, and the song that “most clearly indicates [Ram’s] failures“. Landau described the song as “an evenly paced, finger-picking styled tune, with very light jazz overtones, obviously intended as Paul’s idea of “mellow.”“. However, Landau believed McCartney’s lyrics about the country “ring false“.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described the song as “an effortless folk-pop tune that ranks among [McCartney’s] very best songs“. Erlewine also praises its “imaginative and gorgeous arrangement“. In 2013, Rolling Stone rated “Heart of the Country” at number 26 in its list of Paul McCartney’s best post-Beatles songs.

The scat is something he wrote while he was recording the song, and, of course, it can be heard traditionally within jazz records. Great song, love it!

Engineer Eirik Wangberg, interviewed by Claudio Dirani, 2005

In June 1971, Paul & Linda McCartney filmed a promotional video for “Heart Of The Country” and “3 Legs“, another song from “Ram“, in their Scottish farm.

In 1973, Paul McCartney performed a small rendition of “Heart Of The Country“, part of a medley with “Blackbird“, “Bluebird” and “Michelle“, for the TV special “James Paul McCartney“.

In 1991, “Heart Of The Country” was rehearsed in anticipation of the “Unplugged” TV program, but was finally excluded.

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. Only a fragment of 44 seconds has been released.

Last updated on June 4, 2020

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
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


The Back Seat of My Car / Heart Of The Country

7" Single • 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
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


Ram (Mono - promotional)

Official album • Released in 1971

2:27 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


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 versionA1993 • Stereo • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


RAM (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:27 • Studio versionA1993.1 • 1993 remaster by Steve Hoffman

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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 versionA2001 • 2001 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Remastering
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:24 • Studio versionA2012 • Stereo • 2012 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

2:23 • Studio versionB2012 • Mono • 2012 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


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


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 • Studio versionB • Mono • Original mono promo LP, especially made for the American AM stations. All the songs have different mixes

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Brushes
Hugh McCracken :
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Mixing:
March-April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


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


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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