The Paul McCartney Project

The White Coated Man

Album This song officially appears on the Wide Prairie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1998
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

Linda’s and my involvement with animal rights caused her and our friend Carla Lane to come up with The White Coated Man. Carla’s poignant lyric explores the vivisection issue.

Linda felt deeply about the suffering of innocent animals for mankind’s gain, which still continues to this day and will until we can as a society show compassion towards the creatures we share our planet with.

Last updated on November 5, 2016

Lyrics

Through the bars and morning light
What is this feeling?
Why can't I move?
Sometime today they'll set me free
I'll hear a voice and it will be my friend,
The white coated man

Where's the wind? Where are the leaves?
What happened? Why this pain?
Sometime today they'll set me free
I'll hear a voice and it will be my friend,
The white coated man

If man wants life and eternity
Then men must pay and men must see
That we are theirs to mind
But man is the voice, man is the law
If man gets sick he will find a cure
Our friend, the white coated man

In the distance people are laughing
Do they know about me?
Why can't I see?
And they will pay, the silent ones
And they will pay, the silent ones will pay
The silent ones will pay
The silent ones will pay
The silent ones will pay

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

2:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Electric guitar, Emulator strings, Hofner bass, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Casio keyboard, Lead vocal
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Carla Lane:
Spoken verse
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
John Hammel:
Engineer
Steve Johnson:
Bass kurzweil, Synth strings, Trumpet
Alvin Clark:
Engineer

Wide Prairie (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

2:16 • Studio versionA2019 • 2019 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Electric guitar, Emulator strings, Hofner bass, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Casio keyboard, Lead vocal
Robbie McIntosh:
Electric guitar
Carla Lane:
Spoken verse
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
John Hammel:
Engineer
Steve Johnson:
Bass kurzweil, Synth strings, Trumpet
Alvin Clark:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.22

Unofficial album

2:22 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.22

Unofficial album

2:38 • Studio version


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

2:37 • Alternate take • #1


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

2:19 • Alternate take • #2


Appaloosa Love

Unofficial album • Released in 1998

2:39 • Outtake • May 1988


Videos

Album • Wide Prairie

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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