The Paul McCartney Project

Love In The Open Air

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Family Way - Original Soundtrack Recording Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1967

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Song facts

George Martin, interview for NME (December 24th, 1966):

I went to America for a time and on returning [November 21st] realised we needed a love theme for the centre of [The Family Way], something wistful. I told Paul and he said he’d compose something. I waited, but nothing materialised, and finally I had to go round to Paul’s house and literally stand there until he’d composed something. John was visiting and advised a bit, but Paul created the tune and played it to me on guitar. I listened and wrote it down. It is a fragile, yet compelling, melody. I arranged it for woodwinds and strings and we called it ‘Love In The Open Air’. It’s quite haunting.

Last updated on April 6, 2016

Officially appears on

The Family Way - Original Soundtrack Recording

Official album • Released in 1967

Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

3:11 • Studio version • Georges Martin Orchestra 7" single (10/66)

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

2:21 • Studio version • Tudor Minstrel 7" single

The Family Way - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:02 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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