The Paul McCartney Project

Wide Prairie

Written by Linda McCartney

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

Wide Prairie – A song written by Paul, for Linda to sing. Recorded in November 15, 1973 in the EMI Odeon, in Paris, with a six man horn section, led by Tony Dorsey added during the Nashville sessions, in June 1974. An 11:37 mix as placed on the 1978 Kold Kutz compilation, but when it was officially released as the title track of on Linda McCartney’s posthumous solo album in 1998, this was edited down to less than half the length.

4 versions to exist :

1) The version released on ‘Wide Prairie’ is the shortest of all the available versions, hand has the “Paul” opening verse edited out. Also, Linda re-recorded two lines that refer to “eating jerky”
2) The version from the Oobu Joobu radio series has the missing verse and has all the original lyrics, but is incomplete on both ends as Paul talks over the intro + outro (“…and looking very relaxed, Adolph Hitler on vibes!”)
3) The EPK had the ‘Wide Prairie version’, albeit with foley, and had an extended fade, which gave us more of the fade in comparatively excellent quality.
4) The version from the original Cold Cuts LP was over eleven minutes, but ran fast and was only VG sound quality (as opposed to excellent)

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

I have always thought of this song as Linda’s fantasy. Her passion for horses and riding started as a young girl and remained with her all her life. Her tongue in cheek attitude and what we caller her “twangy” voice combined to make this joyful little rocker. She recorded it during sessions at EMI studios in Paris where years before I had done a vocal for Can’t Buy Me Love. We travelled there shortly after Princess Anne’s first wedding in Westminster Abbey, taking the group van with the other band members who at the time included Jimmy McCullouch and Denny Laine. As you can probably hear we had a ball.

Paul McCartney

Last updated on November 16, 2019

Lyrics

I was in Paris
Waiting for a flight
When this guy came up
To me and said
Have you got a light?
When I was born in Arizona
And when I was only three
My mother took me to her saddle
And we rode the wide prairie

Oh, wide prairie, wide prairie
And we rode the wide prairie
My mother took me to her saddle
And we rode the wide prairie
Well I was living in Aspebueller
And when I was only ten
My father took me to his saddle
And we rode the range again

Oh, wide prairie, wide prairie
And we rode the wide prairie
My father took me to his saddle
And we rode the wide prairie
And I ain't going back
No, I ain't going back
Going back no more

Well, now we live in Albuquerque
And we raise the family tree
We spend our days a-feeling perky
And we ride the wide prairie
Oh, wide prairie, wide prairie
And we ride the wide prairie
We spend our days
A-feeling perky

And we ride the wide prairie
I was in Paris
Waiting for a flight
When this guy came up
To me and said
Have you got a light?
And you know what happened

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie / Cow / Love's Full Glory

CD Single

4:33 • Studio version


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

4:36 • Studio versionA1

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric organ, Piano, Producer, Rhodes
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Mellotron
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Thaddeus Richard:
Alto saxophone
Davey Lutton:
Drums
Ernie Winfrey:
Engineer
Johnny Gimble:
Fiddle
George Tidwell:
Trumpet
Barry McDonald:
Trumpet
Norman Ray:
Baritone saxophone
Vassar Clements:
Fiddle
Hewlett Quillen:
Trombone
William Puett:
Tenor saxophone

Session Recording:
Nov 20, 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Jul 08, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Session Overdubs:
Jul 11, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA


Wide Prairie (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

4:36 • Studio versionA1.2019 • 2019 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric organ, Piano, Producer, Rhodes
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Mellotron
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Thaddeus Richard:
Alto saxophone
Davey Lutton:
Drums
Ernie Winfrey:
Engineer
Johnny Gimble:
Fiddle
George Tidwell:
Trumpet
Barry McDonald:
Trumpet
Norman Ray:
Baritone saxophone
Vassar Clements:
Fiddle
Hewlett Quillen:
Trombone
William Puett:
Tenor saxophone
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Nov 20, 1973
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Overdubs:
Jul 08, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Session Overdubs:
Jul 11, 1974
Studio:
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

11:26 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

5:10 • Studio version


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

Unofficial album

4:33 • Alternate take • #1


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

Unofficial album

11:25 • Alternate take • #2


Complete Cold Cuts

Unofficial album

11:33 • Alternate take • Final Mix 1


Videos

Album • Wide Prairie

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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