No Words

Album This song officially appears on the Band On The Run (UK version) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



"Band On The Run" sessions #3

Late October / Early November 1973


Related interviews


Paul's fun on the run

Dec 08, 1973 • From Disc and Music Echo

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“No Words” is a song written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine, and first released on 7 December 1973 on Band on the Run by Paul McCartney and Wings. The song was Laine’s first co-writing on a Wings album and his only writing credit on Band on the Run.

Background

The song was written before the release of Wings’ second album, Red Rose Speedway, but not recorded until the Band on the Run sessions.

Recording

The basic track was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria and was later completed in September in England. The orchestral arrangements, consisting of brass instruments and string quartets were made by Tony Visconti. Ian Horne and Trevor Jones, two of Wings’ roadies, sang backing vocals on the track although their parts are buried in the mix. Otherwise, the vocals consist primarily of Laine and Paul and Linda McCartney all singing together, with Laine and Paul McCartney each taking a solo spot.

The song’s verses are in the key of A major. The key moves to the dominant, E major, for the refrain.

The lyrics express the singer’s desire for a woman who he fears may not be only interested in him. The refrain consists of the single line “No words for my love.” Music author Vincent Benitex interprets the song’s ending on a dominant key rather than the tonic as reflecting the singer’s uncertain situation. Robert Rodriguez described “No Words” as being the only song on Band on the Run that came close to being the type of “silly love song” that predominated McCartney’s albums of the time.

Live performances

The only time the song was performed live by Wings was in 1979 during their final tour. […]

That’s one I did with Denny – he had half and I kind of finished it. A McCartney/Laine composition – sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s a favourite of mine, I think it grows on you. And it really works as a record.

Paul McCartney – From interview with Disc Magazine, 1973

Writing with [Paul] wasn’t a chore. Nothing negative. He’d come up with an idea and so would I. I wasn’t as prolific, but that’s beside the point. I wasn’t thinking at the time. I had bits. But he was always encouraging me to put bits together, so we did. And that became “No Words,” my song on the Band On The Run album. 

Denny Laine – From CultureSonar interview, December 24, 2018:

Last updated on March 19, 2022

Lyrics

You want to give your love away
And end up giving nothing
I'm not surprised, that your black eyes
Are gazing.

You say that love is everything
And what we need the most of
I wish you knew, that's just how true
My love was.

NO WORDS FOR MY LOVE

You're burning love, sweet burning love
It's deep inside,
You mustn't hide, your burning love
Sweet burning love, your burning love.

You want to turn your head away
And someone's thinking of you
I wish you'd see, it's only me,
I love you.

NO WORDS FOR MY LOVE

Officially appears on


Band On The Run (UK version)

Official album • Released in 1973

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
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 (US version)

Official album • Released in 1973

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
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

2:35 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
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

2:35 • Studio versionB • DTS Mix / Quadraphonic version

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals

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

Session Mixing:
Early 1974
Studio :
AIR 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

2:35 • Studio versionA1999 • 1999 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer, Remastering
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals
Greg Calbi :
Remastering

Session Recording:
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

2:36 • Studio versionA2010 • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
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 (Limited White LP)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:36 • Studio versionA2010

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones :
Backing vocals
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings
Ian Horne :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
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

2:31 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

3:02 • Studio version


Last Flight

Unofficial live • Released in 1998

3:18 • Live

Concert From the concert in Glasgow, United Kingdom on Dec 17, 1979


Liverpool Holiday Box

Unofficial live • Released in 2005

Live

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Nov 24, 1979


Liverpool Holiday Box

Unofficial live • Released in 2005

Live

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Nov 25, 1979


Live performances

“No Words” has been played in 18 concerts.

Latest concerts where No Words has been played


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon






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