When The Wind Is Blowing

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1970 (Paul McCartney was 28 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Related songs

All Day

Officially appears on All Day

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Song facts

When The Wind Is Blowing” is a song recorded during the 1971 sessions for RAM, which had remained officially unreleased till its inclusion on the 2018 reissue of Wild Life.

This song was considered to be on the soundtrack for a full-length animated film focused on Rupert The Bear, project that was ultimately shelved and transformed into a short film. It was then recorded by Wings in 1978, and available on bootlegs.

It was also considered for inclusion in some instances of the Cold Cuts project (a collection of outtakes), again project that would never see light.

In 1999, during a TV Show with Michael Parkinson, Paul played a few notes of “When The Wind Is Blowing“, and explained how he was inspired to write the song by looking at a Picasso print (The Old Guitarist) when he was in the hospital room where Linda was staying after giving birth to Mary in 1969:

I remember when Linda and I had just had our first baby which was Mary – we already had Heather but our first baby together was Mary. And Mary was born and I was at the hospital basically the whole week, you know, just while Linda recovered and took it easy – and we liked the chips in this place too – so we’re sitting around all week and enjoy just having had this lovely baby… And there was this Picasso print on the wall of an old man playing the guitar and I looked at it all week, and towards the end the week I thought what chords he’s playing on the guitar what was he playing. I noticed he’s just had two fingers here… You get that chord there guys… Just two fingers there and so I thought well I’ll try and see you know what the chord is… How it sounds anyway… I tried to use that as the inspiration and tried to write a song that only had used two fingers so I’ll play a bit of these. Note carefully, two fingers all the time, my hand never leaves my wrist. That’s how it goes anyway…

Paul McCartney

The melody of “When The Wind Is Blowing” became the instrumental hook for Kanye West’s All Day, released in 2015.

Picasso – The Old Guitarist

From (136) Paul McCartney – McCartney III (Dec 18, 2020)* | Page 1112 | Steve Hoffman Music Forums – This is one of the CBS 16-track sheets shown in the books of “Ram” and “Red Rose Speedway”. This one shows the contents of the multitracks of “Three Legs” (top), “I Lie Around” and “When The Wind Is Blowing” (bottom).
From Wings Wild Life | Paul McCartney & Wings

Last updated on March 5, 2022

Officially appears on

Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

3:51 • Studio version

Performed by :
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney :
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Recording assistant engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton :

Session Recording:
Oct 20, 1970
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Jul 08, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

3:49 • Outtake • Early take - Ram sessions 11/70 - 3/71

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.25

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:17 • Live • Live on Parkinson Show

Recording :
Dec 02, 1999

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.28

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:57 • Soundcheck • Parkinson Show Rehearsal

Recording :
Dec 02, 1999

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.28

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:27 • Soundcheck • Parkinson Show Rehearsal

Recording :
Dec 02, 1999

Live performances

“When The Wind Is Blowing” has been played in 1 concerts and 2 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where When The Wind Is Blowing has been played


Dec 03, 1999 • United Kingdom • London • BBC Television Center, Studio 6 • TV show


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