Album This song officially appears on the Wings Over America Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Soily” is a song written by Paul McCartney which was performed by his band Wings, usually at the end of concerts as an encore.

Recording

At least seven takes were recorded in 1974 at Abbey Road Studios for inclusion in the unreleased Wings film, One Hand Clapping. These takes featured drummer Geoff Britton, and several can now be found in unofficial bootlegged versions.

Later release

The song appears on the 1976 live album Wings over America and was released as the B-side on the “Maybe I’m Amazed” single in 1977. This version was recorded on 7 June 1976 at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. A performance from One Hand Clapping can be seen on a DVD included with the 2010 remastered special edition of the Wings album Band on the Run., and on the bonus disc of Venus and Mars (Collector’s Edition). […]

Last updated on February 9, 2017

Lyrics

People gathered here tonight,
I want you to listen to me!
To your left and to you right
You've got some pretty soily company.

Reader, writer, farmer, priest
Breed controller, born deceased.
Indian, lawyer, doctor, dog
And a plumber with a fattened hog.

Soily, soily
The cat in satin trousers said it's oily
Soily, soily
The cat in satin trousers said it's oily
You know he's right.

Romans, Italians, country men,
I want you to listen to me!
I've said it twice and I'll say it again,
We've got some pretty soily company.

Liar, cheater, jungle chief,
Saint, believer on relief.
Action painter, Hitler's son,
And a commie with a tommy gun.

Soily, soily,
The cat in satin trousers said it's oily.
Soily, soily,
The cat in satin trousers said it's oily,
You know he's right.

Officially appears on


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

5:44 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976


Maybe I'm Amazed / Soily

7" Single • Released in 1977

5:44 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

5:47 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

3:57 • Studio versionL2 • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Howie Casey :
Horns
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Thaddeus Richard :
Horns
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Steve Howard :
Horns
Tony Dorsey :
Horns

Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

4:50 • LiveL3

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer
Jeremy Gee :
Recording engineer assistant
Graham Fleming :
Recording engineer assistant

Concert From the concert in Berlin, Germany on Aug 24, 1972


The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

5:44 • LiveL1.2022 • 2022 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Jun 07, 1976

Bootlegs



MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

3:46 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

4:02 • Studio version




Live performances

“Soily” has been played in 88 concerts.

Latest concerts where Soily has been played







Going further


Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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