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Mamunia

Album This song officially appears on the Band On The Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Mamunia” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that first appeared on Wings’ 1973 album Band on the Run. It was also released as the B-side of the “Jet” single in the US, but was replaced by “Let Me Roll It” when “Mamunia” was being considered as a possible future A-side.

Music and lyrics

Mamunia” was written in Marrakesh early in 1973. The title was inspired by the hotel Mamounia in which the McCartneys were staying at the time. Mamounia means “safe haven” in Arabic. According to author John Blaney, McCartney used the term as a “metaphor for rebirth.” “Mamunia” is one of several songs on Band on the Run, including title track and “Bluebird,” which espouse a theme of escape and freedom. The song’s verses use rain as a metaphor for the difficult times people face. The song’s message is to not complain about difficult times because everyone faces tough times and it’s better to focus on your “safe haven” during those times.

Mamunia” was the first song recorded for Band on the Run in Lagos, Nigeria. Paul McCartney sings the lead vocals and plays guitar and bass, Denny Laine plays guitar and sings backing vocals, and Linda McCartney provides backing vocals as well. One of McCartney’s roadies plays bass drum. Like “Bluebird,” “Mamunia” is primarily acoustic. Music critic Robert Christgau described the song’s intro as “Afro-soul.” The song and the refrain are in the key of A major and the verses are in the key of C major. Authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter describe the song as “so lightweight it’ll float off” but note that it is “relentlessly melodic.

Critics comments

Professor Vincent Benitez described it as a “typical example of McCartney’s style of pop music.” Blaney describes it as “a bright and breezy pop song, celebrating the good things in life and equally as delightful“. Mojo Magazine described it as “a pearl of naive wisdom.” Authors Robert Dimery and Michael Lydon described “Mamunia” as a “solid side-two track.” Paul McCartney biographer Peter Carlin claimed that “Mamunia” “takes a more laid-back approach to the sentiment in [The Beatles’ song] ‘Rain.’” Author Tim Riley concurs the song’s relationship to “Rain,” calling it a “pale rewrite of Lennon’s “Rain,” but praises its “smart two-key framework.

Music video

A music video was made for “Mamunia” in July 1974. Jim Quick was the producer. The video is mostly animated, and Paul McCartney does not appear. It was first shown on The Dave Cash Radio Show. It appears on the 2007 video set The McCartney Years. […]

Last updated on October 31, 2016

Lyrics

Mamunia Mamunia Mamunia
Oh Oh Oh
Mamunia Mamunia Oh Oh Oh Oh

The rain comes falling from the sky,
To fill the stream that fills the sea
And that's where life began for you and me

So the next time you see rain it ain't bad,
Don't complain; it rains for you,
The next time you see L.A. rainclouds,
Don't complain it rains for you and me

Mamunia . . .

It might have been a bright blue day
But rainclouds had to come this way
They're watering everything that they can see.

A seed is waiting in the earth
For rain to come and give him birth

It's all he really needs to set him free,

So the next time you see L.A. rainclouds
Don't complain, it rains for you.

So lay down your umbrellas
Strip off your plastic macs.
You've never felt the rain my friend,
Til you've felt it running down your back

So the next time you see rain, it ain't bad
Don't complain, it rains for you.
The next time you see U. C. L. A. rainclouds
Don't complain it rains for you and me.

Mamunia...

Officially appears on


Band On The Run

Official album • Released in 1973

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar (?), Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?), Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (DTS 5.1)

Official album • Released in 1996

4:50 • DTS mixB

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (25th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 1999

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

4:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 5

Unofficial album

0:58 • Studio version • Quad rough mix edit


Band On The Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:51 • Studio version • A stereo downmix of the DTS-CD 5.1 mix released in May 1996

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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