- Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
- Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991
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“What People Want Is a Family Life” is the third track of the eighth movement – entitled “Peace” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.
VIII: PEACE. Shanty sings to his new-born child, celebrating the wonder of being. In a sermon, the preacher sings of the frail magic of family life as Mary Dee and Shanty pledge a future with their child, together forever, celebrating a love that will now survive.“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes
Last updated on July 11, 2019
What people want is a family life,
The strength of a home and a moat round
Pull up the drawbridge,
Staying at home with the family.
All people want is a family life,
Sometimes they find that it isn't so easy.
People can argue,
Life can be hard on a family.
Mum's in the kitchen,
she won't speak to Dad.
Uncle's ashamed of the good time he had.
Brothers and sisters are lifting the roof
With the music they play all night.
But people still want a family life,
Nothing replaces the love and affection.
Pull up the drawbridge -
Tempers are frayed, but it's like that.
Don't be dismayed if it's like that.
You're not obeyed but you like that –
BOYS and ALTOS
God is good.
In Him we'll live for ever,
Inside His grace and glory,
Safe and sound
In His eternal love
We have found salvation.
Officially appears on
Official album • Released in 1991
2:17 • Live • L1
“Peace - What People Want Is a Family Life” has been played in 2 concerts.