The Paul McCartney Project

If You Wanna

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1993 (Paul McCartney was 51 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Home recordings

June 1993


Recording "Used To Be Bad"

Starting May 05, 1995


Recording "If You Wanna"

Started May 11, 1995


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Song facts

If You Wanna” is a song from 1997 album “Flaming Pie“. From the liner notes:

Having renewed their friendship – and musical kinship- working on ‘Young Boy’, Paul and Steve Miller combined again, in similar fashion, with ‘If You Wanna’. The song was already a couple of years old at the point of recording, having been composed when Paul McCartney’s “New World Tour” reached Minneapolis, and a day off, in May 1993, which resulted in numerous hours inside a skyscraper hotel room that extended its head into the clouds. Inspired by being in (still then The Artist Known As) Prince’s home city. Paul sat with a guitar and wrote a ‘driving across America’ song.

I wanted to write something that would reflect America, for when you’re driving across the desert on that big road with the flat horizon. I’ll take you for a ride in my Cadillac…I’ll take you to The Coast for a holiday…When they say The Coast, the don’t mean Blackpool

Paul McCartney, from the liner notes of “Flaming Pie”
Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

We had a day off in Minneapolis when we were on tour. Linda was going off to do something and I stayed behind in the room and wrote a song on guitar. Recording wise, I used the same process as the other songs I did with Steve Miller: me on drums, Steve on guitar, both playing acoustic guitars, I did the vocals and produced Steve’s guitar stuff. This is the kind of song you might hear when you’re driving across the desert in America, Easy Rider country.

[If You Wanna is] a very stereotyped American road song. I wrote this when we were in Minneapolis on tour. We were in a skyscraper with its head in the clouds, literally. We had a day off between shows, and I was inspired because it’s Prince’s hometown and I like his stuff. It has simple chords most of the stuff on this album is simple.

I just wanted to write something that was rocking, the kind of thing you could hear when you’re driving across the desert on that big road with the flat horizon. I love all that.

Paul McCartney, quoted in The Beatles Monthly N°253, May 1997

If You Wanna“ was performed during the soundcheck of the San Antonio concert (on May 29, 1993), after days of being written (the Minneapolis concert was on May 23th).

Last updated on September 24, 2020

Lyrics

If you wanna
If you wanna
If you wanna love me again
I'll take you for a ride in my Cadillac
He'll be in the front, we'll be in the back

When you're ready
Let me know
I'll be waiting
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip

And if you wanna
If you wanna
If you wanna do it again
I'll take you to the coast for a holiday
You can be my guest
You can let me pay-yeah

When you're ready
Well, let me know
I'll be waiting
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip
Whenever you're ready

When you want to love me
This is what you need
To be thinking of me
When you plant the seed of love

When you're ready
Let me know
I'll be waiting
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip

Well, if you want to love me
This is what you need
To be thinking of me
When you plant the seed
The seed of love

If you wanna
If you wanna
If you wanna love me again
I'll take you for a ride in my Cadillac
He'll be in the front, we'll be in the back

When you're ready
Let me know
I'll be waiting
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip
To make arrangements for the trip

Variations


A Album version

A2020 2020 remaster

B Home Recording

C Demo

D From "Flaming Pie" EPK #2

D1 From "Flaming Pie" EPK #2 - With voice over the track

L1 Only live version, during a 1993 soundcheck

Officially appears on


Flaming Pie

Official album • Released in 1997

4.36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pies

Official album • Released in 1997

4.36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie (White-Label Promo LP)

Official album • Released in 1997

4.36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

4:37 • Studio versionA2020 • 2020 remaster

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

3:00 • DemoB • Home Recording

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocal
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Recording:
June 1993


Flaming Pie - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2020

1:54 • DemoC • Demo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering

Session Recording:
May 05, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Where Footprints Never Go - Unofficial Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:49 • DemoD • From "Flaming Pie" EPK #2

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Spring 1997 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

0:43 • DemoD1 • From "Flaming Pie" EPK #2 - With voice over the track.

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Spring - summer 1997 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


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

Unofficial album

0:45 • DemoD1 • From "Flaming Pie" EPK #2 - With voice over the track.

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Spring - summer 1997 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:43 • SoundcheckL1

Concert From the concert in San Antonio, USA on May 29, 1993


Live performances

“If You Wanna” has been played in 1 soundchecks.


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