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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

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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


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.

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.

Like that.

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

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

Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

2:17 • LiveL1

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


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