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
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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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, 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.

Last updated on August 15, 2019

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

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:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

0:43 • Studio version


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

Unofficial album

0:45 • Alternate take


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

Unofficial album

0:56 • Alternate take • Paul On


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

Unofficial album

4:19 • Alternate take


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:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

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


Live performances

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


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