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Wild Honey Pie

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Beatles (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Wild Honey Pie” is a short song by the Beatles written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on The Beatles (also known as the White Album).

Background

McCartney is the sole performer on the recording. John Lennon and Ringo Starr were working on other White Album songs, and George Harrison was on holiday in Greece.

McCartney said of this song: “We were in an experimental mode, and so I said, ‘Can I just make something up?’ I started off with the guitar and did a multitracking experiment in the control room or maybe in the little room next door. It was very home-made; it wasn’t a big production at all. I just made up this short piece and I multitracked a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and built it up sculpturally with a lot of vibrato on the [guitar] strings, really pulling the strings madly. Hence, ‘Wild Honey Pie’, which was a reference to the other song I had written called ‘Honey Pie‘.

According to McCartney the song might have been excluded from The Beatles album, but Pattie Boyd “liked it very much so we decided to leave it on the album.

Reception

In 2003, Stylus Magazine ranked the song at number 1 on their list of the “Top Ten Filler Tracks“, saying “the greatest piece of filler to ever clutter an over-ambitious double album.” A “Playing God” piece by the same magazine from the following year, in which the author creates a personalized version of the track listing, also suggested the song as the album’s first track, saying “instead of acclimation track like “Back in the USSR”, sound-wise at least, this version of The White Album utilizes the sproing guitar and yarbled vocals of “Wild Honey Pie” as its opening salvo. It’s meant here to let the listener know that this is going to be like no Beatles album they’ve ever heard. At the beginning of the last measure of the song, the next track [“Helter Skelter“] barrels in.” […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [b] mono 20 Aug 1968.
    UK: Apple PMC 7067 white album 1968.
  • [a] stereo 13 Oct 1968.
    UK: Apple PCS 7067 white album 1968.
    US: Apple SWBO 101 white album 1968.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46443 2 white album 1987.

Of the two vocal tracks, one is louder in [a], the other in [b].

Paul McCartney and George Harrison working on Honey Pie for the White Album, 1968.

Last updated on May 16, 2017

Lyrics

Honey pie, honey pie
Honey pie, honey pie
Honey pie, honey pie
Honey pie, honey pie
I love you honey pie

Officially appears on


The Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1968

0:53 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1968

0:53 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 13, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

0:53 • Studio versionR2018 • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 13, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


White Album Sessions Volume 1

Unofficial album

1:00 • Alternate takeA1 • RM6 From Take1 Mono

Session Recording:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 4 (1968)

Unofficial album • Released in 1989

1:07 • Alternate takeA1 • Take 1 remix 6

Session Recording:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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