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Junior's Farm

Album This song officially appears on the Junior's Farm 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Junior’s Farm” is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed with McCartney’s band Wings. It was a number-three hit single in the United States. It was issued as a non-album single.

Writing and release

It was recorded in 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, while the band was staying at the Lebanon, Tennessee farm of Curly Putman Jr., which accounts for the title.

The song continued McCartney and Wings’ success after the Band on the Run album. It made number 16 on the United Kingdom charts.

The photo for the single’s picture sleeve featured the members of Wings dressed in appropriate costumes from the song’s lyrics (for example, Geoff Britton as a poker dealer and Denny Laine as the “Eskimo”). However, the photo only appeared on the picture sleeve of the single in Spain and in advertisements elsewhere. In the UK and the US, the single was released in an Apple Records company sleeve. In some other countries in Europe, a black-and-white band photo was used instead (see alternative cover).

This was McCartney’s last release on Apple Records before signing a solo recording contract with Capitol Records in May 1975, following the dissolution of the Beatles’ partnership.

Music video

The music video of Junior’s Farm shows Paul McCartney playing a Kay electric bass guitar.

B-side and later release

The B-side, “Sally G“, was also a top-20 hit on the US charts, peaking at number 17. “Junior’s Farm” was later released on the McCartney/Wings compilation Wings Greatest in 1978 and the US version of All the Best! in 1987, although it was not on the UK edition of the latter album. The 3-minute radio edit of the song was included on the Wingspan: Hits and History compilation. “Sally G” was released in 1993 as a bonus track on Wings at the Speed of Sound in The Paul McCartney Collection. Both songs are now remastered and featured on the Hear-Music version of Venus and Mars released in November 2014.

Last updated on November 4, 2016

Lyrics

You should have seen me with the poker man,
I had a honey and I bet a grand,
Just in the nick of time I looked at his hand.

I was talking to an Eskimo,
Said he was hoping for a fall of snow,
When up popped a sea lion ready to go.

Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go
Down to junior's farm where I want to lay low.
Low life, high life, oh, let's go,
Take me down to junior's farm.

At the Houses of Parliament
Ev'rybody's talking 'bout the President,
We all chip in for a bag of cement.
Olly Hardy should have had more sense,
He bought a gee-gee and he jumped the fence,
All for the sake of a couple of pence.

Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go
Down to junior's farm where I want to lay low,
Low life, high life, oh, let's go,
Take me down to junior's farm,
Everybody tag along.

I took my bag into a grocer's store,
The price is higher than the time before,
Old man asked me why is it more.

I said you should have seen me with the poker man,
I had a honey and I bet a grand,
Just in the nick of time I looked at his hand.

Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go
Down to junior's farm where I want to lay low,
Low life, high life, oh, let's go,
Take me down to junior's farm,

Let's go, let's go,
Down to junior's farm where I want to lay low.
Low life, high life, oh, let's go,
Take me down to junior's farm
Ev'rybody tag along.
Take me down to junior's farm.

Officially appears on


Junior's Farm

7" Single • Released in 1974

4:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jimmy McCulloch:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Britton:
Drums
Alan O'Duffy:
Mixing engineer
Ernie Winfrey:
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
July 16-18, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

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


Wings Greatest

Official album • Released in 1978

4:23 • Studio version


Paul McCartney ROCKS

Official album • Released in 1990

4:20 • Studio version


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:04 • Studio version


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

4:24 • Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

4:35 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.9

Unofficial album

5:29 • Studio version


Now Hear This

Unofficial album

4:26 • Studio version




Live performances

“Junior's Farm” has been played in 111 concerts and 12 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Junior's Farm” has been played


Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct 12, 2018 • USA • Austin • Zilker Park


"Under The Staircase" Spotify show

Jul 23, 2018 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios



Sydney • Qudos Bank Arena

Dec 11, 2017 • Part of One On One Tour




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