The Paul McCartney Project

Wanderlust

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From an interview for Club Sandwich, 1982:

Is “Wanderlust” an emotional song?

It’s actually a personal experience. What happened was that we were recording (we went out to the Virgin Islands to record an album called ‘London Town‘) and we were on boats, in a little bay recording for a month. The captain of the boat that we were on was a little, sort of, heavier than the other captains – you know, he sort of took it a little more seriously – and at some stage we had a sort of argument with him, and I sort of said, “You know, we don’t need all this aggro stuff”, and we wanted to get off onto this other boat that happened to be in the harbour. These people had said we could come on this, and this boat happened to be called “Wanderlust”, so it became like a symbol of freedom to me, this catamaran, as it was, called “Wanderlust”. We only actually stayed one night on it, but it was like, after this hassling that this other fellow had given us, to get onto this boat was like freedom, you know, so the song for me is actually just carrying on the idea. You know, just head us out to sea and take us away from all these headaches, and just wanderlust kind of free.



Last updated on May 5, 2019

Lyrics

Light out Wanderlust
Head us out to sea
Captain says there'll be a bust
This one's not for me

Take us from the dark
Out where we can see
Captain's out to make his mark
This one's not to be

Light out Wanderlust
Help us to be free
Light out Wanderlust
Do it just for me
Wanderlust

Oh where did I go wrong my love?
What petty crime was I found guilty of?
What better time to find a brand new day?
Oh - Wanderlust away

Light out Wanderlust
Help us to be free
Light out Wanderlust
Do it just for me
Wanderlust

Captain's out to make his mark
This one's not to be

Light out Wanderlust
Head us out to sea
Captain says there'll be a bust
This one's not for me

COUNTER MELODY
Oh where did I go wrong my love?
What petty crime was I found guilty of?
What better time to find a brand new day?
Oh Wanderlust away

Dropping a line
Maybe this time
It's Wanderlust for me

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

3:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Second engineer
Keith Harvey:
Cello
Adrian Sheppard:
Drums, Percussion
Philip Jones:
Brass ensemble
John Underwood:
Viola
Patrick Halling:
Violin
Dennis Vigay:
Cello
Laurie Lewis:
Violin
Galina Solodchin:
Violin
Michael Rennie:
Violin
George Turnlund:
Viola
Ken Essex:
Viola
Alexander Kok:
Cello
Peter Willison:
Cello
Alan Peters:
Violin
David Ogden:
Violin

Session Recording:
Jan 02, 1981
Studio:
Park Gate Studios, Catsfield

Session Recording:
July 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Session Recording:
Oct 01, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


Give My Regards To Broad Street

Official album • Released in 1984

4:07 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Drums
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer (?)
Jon Jacobs:
Assistant engineer (?)
Philip Jones:
Brass ensemble
Stuart Breed:
Assistant engineer (?)
John Kelly:
Engineer (?)

Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:07 • Studio version


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:49 • Studio version • 2015 remix


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Demo


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

1:43 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

3:32 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

4:03 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.30

Unofficial album

1:03 • Studio version


Unsurpassed Rudeness

Unofficial album

1:46 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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