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On The Wings Of A Nightingale

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the EB 84 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1984
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1984 (Paul McCartney was 42 years old)

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

On the Wings of a Nightingale” is a song written and composed by Paul McCartney and recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1984 for their album EB 84, which Dave Edmunds produced. […]

The video shot to accompany the selection shows the brothers rescuing a classic car (specifically, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible) from a junkyard, restoring it (in a series of shots that compress an unknown number of weeks, or months, into 35 seconds of video time) to drivable condition, then taking it out for a spin.

On the Wings of a Nightingale” is the most popular of the duo’s songs recorded since 1970 and the final Everly Brothers single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. […]

McCartney’s own version still exists, strictly as a demonstration recording; it remains unreleased as of 2020.

Remember Dave Edmunds’ rocking guitar work on ‘Not Such A Bad Boy’ and ‘No Values’? Well, at the time of recording he was due to produce the Everly Brothers’ comeback album and persuaded Paul to write ‘On The Wings Of A Nightingale’ for them. The result? The brothers’ first hit in almost 20 years…

From Club Sandwich N°36, 1985

Last updated on February 29, 2020

Lyrics

When I love, I get a feeling
Like I'm traveling through the sky
On the wings of a nightingale

As I ride my head is reeling
But I don't even wonder why
On the wings of a nightingale, I fly

High above, land and sea
I'll be thinking of you and me
Couldn't ask for a better place to be

Oh, I can feel something happening
Oh, I can feel something happening
Oh, I can feel something happening to me

So hold my hand
I've got a feeling that the journey has just begun
On the wings of a nightingale

And if you like, we'll fly together
To the land of eternal sun
On the wings of a nightingale of love

High above, land and sea
I'll be thinking of you and me
Couldn't ask for a better place to be

Oh, I can feel something happening
Oh, I can feel something happening
Oh, I can feel something happening to me

When I love, I get a feeling
Like I'm traveling through the sky
On the wings of a nightingale

On the wings of a nightingale
On the wings of a nightingale
On the wings of a nightingale

Officially appears on


On The Wings Of A Nightingale

7" Single

Studio version

Dave Edmunds :
Producer

EB 84

Official album • Released in 1984

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:30 • Studio version


Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

2:27 • Studio version


B-Sides Complete Vol. 6

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:30 • Studio version


"B" Sides Himself

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:33 • Studio version


Pipes Of Peace - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:29 • Studio version • [demo]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Roberto Rodgiva 6 months ago

Would be nice to know what inspired Paul to write this particular song. How and/or why did he conceive the lyrics, etc


The PaulMcCartney Project 6 months ago

Hi Roberto, so far I haven't been able to find more details that what is mentioned on the page !!