The Paul McCartney Project

Wild Life

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Wild Life” is a song from the eponym album released in 1971, as Wings’s debut album. From paulmccartney.com, October 29, 2018:

‘Wild Life’ was to do with me having gone on safari and actually seeing that sign that I sing about: ‘The animals have the right of way’. Which really impressed me. You just realise the sort of dignity and strength of wild animals because here they’ve got the right of way. Whereas we’re all so full of our own importance. It’s kind of nice, you know. You’re just a guy in a Land Rover. You don’t matter so much! So that was why I wrote that song. Man, you know, we’re the “top species”, and yet we’re the ones who eff it up, which is not right. 

Wild Life” was played live during the 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour and 1973 UK Tour. It was rehearsed for the 1975 / 1976 Wings Over The World Tour, and for the 1989 / 1990 Paul McCartney World Tour. A snippet of it can also be heard on One Hand Clapping.

Last updated on November 2, 2018

Lyrics

The word "Wild" applies to the words "You" and "Me"

While taking a walk
thru an African park one day
I saw a sign say "The animals have the right of way"

Wild life, whatever happened to
Wild life, the animals in the zoo?

You're breathing so hot.
A lot of political nonsense in the air.
You're making it hard for the people who live in there.
You're moving so fast,
But, baby, you know not where.

Wild life, (wild life), what's gonna happen to,
Wild life, (wild life), the animals in the zoo?

You'd better stop,
There's animals ev'rywhere,
And man is the top, an animal too,
And, man, you just got to care.

Wild life, (wild life), what's gonna happen to,
Wild life, (wild life), the animals in the zoo?

You're breathing a lot
Of political nonsense in the air.
You're making it hard for the people who live in there.

Wild life, what's gonna happen to
Wild life, the animals in the zoo?
Whatever happened to?
Wildlife.

Officially appears on


Wild Life

Official album • Released in 1971

6:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

6:42 • Studio versionR1993

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Peter Mew:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

6:40 • Studio versionR2018 • 2018 Remaster

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Steve Orchard:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

6:36 • Rough mixB

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 06, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

5:18 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Alan Parsons:
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton:
Mastering
Steve Orchard:
Mixing
Jeremy Gee:
Recording engineer assistant
Graham Fleming:
Recording engineer assistant

Concert From the concert in The Hague, Netherlands on Aug 21, 1972

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 5

Unofficial album

5:37 • Studio version



First Live Show

Unofficial live

5:12 • Live



Live in Cardiff

Unofficial live

5:46 • Live

Concert From the concert in Cardiff, United Kingdom on May 13, 1973


Videos

Live performances

“Wild Life” has been played in 40 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Wild Life” has been played


BBC Radio 4 Mastertapes

May 28, 2016 • United Kingdom • London • BBC Maida Vale Studios • Radio show



Sheffield • City Hall

Jul 04, 1973 • Part of Wings 1973 UK Tour





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