The Paul McCartney Project

Peace - What People Want Is a Family Life

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

Song facts

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

Lyrics

PREACHER
What people want is a family life,
The strength of a home and a moat round
the castle.
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.

BASSES
Mum's in the kitchen,
she won't speak to Dad.

ALTOS
Uncle's ashamed of the good time he had.

TENORS
Brothers and sisters are lifting the roof
With the music they play all night.

PREACHER
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.

ALTOS
Don't be dismayed if it's like that.

BASSES
Like that.

PREACHER
You're not obeyed but you like that –
Family life.

BOYS and ALTOS
God is good.
In Him we'll live for ever,
Satisfied
Inside His grace and glory,

FULL CHORUS
Safe and sound
In His eternal love
We have found salvation.

Officially appears on


Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

2:17 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Malcolm Stewart:
First violin (?)
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Willard White:
Bass

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991


Selections from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1992

2:17 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Malcolm Stewart:
First violin (?)
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Willard White:
Bass

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“Peace - What People Want Is a Family Life” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Peace - What People Want Is a Family Life” has been played




Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.