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Love In Song

Album This song officially appears on the Venus and Mars Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1975

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Love in Song” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that was released on Wings’ 1975 album Venus and Mars. It was also released as the B-side of Wings’ number 1 single “Listen to What the Man Said.” It has been covered by artists such as Helen Merrill and The Judybats.

“Love in Song” was initially written on Paul McCartney’s 12 string guitar, and McCartney has claimed the song “just came to him.” It was one of the early songs recorded for Venus and Mars, at Abbey Road Studios in London in late 1974. String overdubs were added at Wally Heider Studios in Lost Angeles on March 10, 1975. In addition to playing 12 string guitar and singing lead vocals, Paul McCartney plays upright bass, using the same bass that Bill Black played on Elvis Presley hits such as “Heartbreak Hotel.” Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch also play guitar, and Linda McCartney sings backing vocals. “Love in Song” is one of the few Venus and Mars songs on which Geoff Britton plays drums, as the song was recorded before he was replaced as Wings’ drummer by Joe English.

Several critics have described “Love in Song” as having a melancholy quality. The first and third verses express a degree of sadness, as the singer cries out to his lover in the first verse and he sings of sadness that resulted from a misunderstanding in the third. In contrast, in the second and fourth verses the singer sings of how everything is fine when he has his love. In the bridge, the singer remembers a time when he and his lover were happier. McCartney biographer Peter Carlin describes the song as a “portrait of heartbreak,” claiming it “traced the thin line between love and obsession.”

Author Robert Rodriguez describes the song as a “delicate ballad.” Beaver County Times critic Bob Bonn described the melody as “mysterious sounding.” Music professor Vincent Benitez describes the song’s key as G Aeolian, a melancholy key. Author John Blaney describes the arrangement as “measured,” claiming that contributes the singer distancing himself from the subject, although he believes that McCartney’s warm vocal “more than compensates for the song’s guarded tone.”

Rodriguez considers “Love in Song” to be one of McCartney’s “better efforts,” although he claims that it is neglected today. Rough Guide to The Beatles author Chris Ingham considers it a “luxurious acoustic ballad.” Rolling Stone Magazine critic Paul Nelson found “Love in Song” to be one of several “banal ballads” on Venus and Mars. Music critic Richard Tozier described the song as a “formal, yet easily palatable ballad.”[10]

Helen Merrill covered “Love in Song” on the 2005 album Love Is Song.[11] The Judybats covered it on the 2001 album Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney.[12]

Last updated on February 22, 2014

Lyrics

My heart cries out for love
and all that goes with loving
Love in song, love in song

My, you’re so fine
When love is mine
I can’t go wrong,
Love in song, love in song.

I can see the places that
we used to go to now
Happiness in the homeland

Happiness in the homeland

My eye cries out
A tear still born
Misunderstanding
Love in song
Love in song.

I can see the places that
we used to go to now
Happiness in the homeland

Happiness in the homeland

My, you’re so fine
When love is mine
I can’t go wrong.
Love in song
Love in song.

Love in song.

Officially appears on


Venus and Mars

Official album • Released in 1975

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Hand bells, Piano, Producer, Strings arrangement, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Hand bells, Moog
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Piano
Jimmy McCulloch:
12-string guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Recording engineer
Geoff Britton:
Drums, Milk bottles
Sid Sharp Strings:
Bass, Celli, Viola, Violins
Gayle Levant:
Harp
Tony Dorsey:
Strings arrangement
Alan O'Duffy:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer (overdubs & strings)
Biff Dawes:
Assistant mixing engineer

Venus And Mars (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:07 • Studio versionA


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

3:07 • Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

3:10 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 8

Unofficial album

3:09 • Studio version


Venus And Mars Outtakes Are Alright Tonight

Unofficial album

3:14 • Outtake


Venus And Mars Outtakes Are Alright Tonight

Unofficial album

3:20 • Outtake


Venus And Mars Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2001

3:09 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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