The Paul McCartney Project

Pipes Of Peace

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Pipes Of Peace Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

Pipes Of Peace” is the eponym track from 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace“.

On the title track of “Pipes Of Peace”, Paul sings for the children: “Let them learn/Songs of joy, instead of burn, baby, burn,” which characterises the theme of peace which pervades the album. Paul: “For me, it’s really, you realise that when you do songs that people hear, even in Russia, and places like that, that maybe you’ve got… some kind of power. So occasionally, I think wouldn’t it be nice to be able to suggest to a few people to play ‘The Pipes Of Peace’ or ‘Ebony and Ivory’… So the idea for ‘Pipes Of Peace’ came, and it started being a kind of peacenik song, and also I’d been asked to write some songs for an international children’s society, so it was a bit of a children’s song too. So I was really trying to do just something very simple, that would remind people about how peace is the aim, actually! Although we don’t look like we’re doing too well ever, but it really is the aim. Maybe it’s a bit of a far off hope but somewhere down the road it will happen. I don’t know, you get the artists through the years asking for it, and then Alexander the Great coming and bopping everyone on the head! I’m not sure if it’s a practical possibility, but I can’t refrain from mentioning it occasionally.

From Club Sandwich N° 31, 1983
From puremccartney.com – PAUL ON THE SET OF THE PROMO VIDEO SHOOT FOR THE SINGLE ‘PIPES OF PEACE’, CHOBHAM COMMON, SURREY, 1983

George Melly wrote to me and said, ‘There’s this children’s organization and they want a peaceful song for children, a hopeful song for the future. Would you be interested in doing it?’ So I set about trying to do it – then it became a song for me. If you can do an anti-war song that doesn’t feel too cloying, then it’s really good if you’re an anti-war person, as I am. You feel you’ve done something worthwhile.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich N°47/48, Spring 1988

Last updated on March 22, 2020

Lyrics

I light a candle to our love
In love our problems disappear
But all in all we soon discover
That one and one is all we long to hear

All 'round the world
Little children being born to the world
Got to give them all we can ‘til the war is won
Then will the work be done

Help them to learn songs of joy instead of
Burn baby burn, let us show them how to play
The pipes of peace, play the pipes of peace

Help me to learn songs of joy instead of
Burn baby burn, won't you show me how to play
The pipes of peace, play the pipes of peace

What do you say? Will the human race
be run in a day? Or will someone save
This planet we're playing on?
Is it the only one? (What are we going to do?)

Help them to see that the people here
Are like you and me, let us show them how to play
The pipes of peace, the pipes of peace

I light a candle to our love
In love our problems disappear
But all in all we soon discover
That one and one is all we long to hear

Officially appears on


Pipes Of Peace

Official album • Released in 1983

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pipes Of Peace

7" Single • Released in 1983

3:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


All The Best! (UK version)

Official album • Released in 1987

3:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pipes Of Peace (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pipes Of Peace - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:56 • Studio versionA.2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
Sam Okell :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Piano, Shaker (?), Synthesizer (?), Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Adrian Brett :
Pan flute
James Kippen :
Tabla
Pestalozzi's Children Choir :
Choir
? :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
Sep 10, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Overdubs :
October 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Jun 30, 1983
Studio :
AIR 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.17

Unofficial album

3:18 • Studio version


Tug Of Peace

Unofficial album

3:20 • Outtake • Playback


UK Singles Collection - Volume 02

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:25 • Studio version


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:19 • Studio version • Monitor Mix


Pipes Of Peace Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:22 • Studio version • Basic Track


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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