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With A Little Luck

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the London Town Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1978
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“With a Little Luck” is a single by the band Wings from their 1978 album London Town.

Written in Scotland, “With a Little Luck” would become Wings’ follow-up single to the then best-selling UK Single of all time, “Mull of Kintyre” and was one of the first synthpop records to appear on radio and in the charts and the beginning of McCartney’s period of involvement and experimentation with synthesisers.[original research?]

Recorded in 1977 aboard the boat Fair Carol in the Virgin Islands for the proposed album, working title Water Wings,[citation needed] which was released as the band’s seventh album London Town. During these recordings, Wings’ lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Joe English had left, returning the band to the three piece line up which had recorded Band on the Run in 1973. McCartney played electric piano, bass and synthesizer in the song: probably English was on drums, while Laine and Linda McCartney helped with some keyboards.

Released in March 1978, the first single from the album, “With a Little Luck” hit No.1 in the United States and No.5 in the UK. While it was at the top of the charts in the USA, McCartney announced the new Wings line up featuring lead guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holly.

The single features an edit of the much longer version on its parent album and its b-side consists of the segue of two short tracks, “Backward Traveller”/”Cuff Link”, also on the album, the first of which is a song and the second an instrumental that features a heavily synthesized guitar theme.

Author Chris Ingham praised the song as one of the best on the album, stating it was “full of the most sensitive pop synthesizer touches.”

The song’s music video, directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg, aired in the UK on 9 May 1978, as part of Granada Television’s Paul TV show.

“With a Little Luck” was also released on Wings Greatest (1978), All the Best! (1987), and the two-disc compilation, Wingspan (2001). There were two versions of the song: the full version on London Town which runs 5:45, and a single version which only runs 3:13 (as it cuts out the entire instrumental interlude). The album version was included on the first two compilations, while the single version appears on Wingspan and in the American version of All the Best!.

It was featured in the closing credits of the 1979 film Sunburn starring Farrah Fawcett, Charles Grodin and Art Carney.

Last updated on February 22, 2014

Lyrics

With a little luck we can help it out
We can make this whole damn thing work out
With a little love we can lay it down
Can't you feel the town exploding?

Chorus

There is no end to what we can do together
There is no end
The willow turns his back on inclement weather
And if he can do it, we can do it, just me and you

And a little luck, we can clear it up
We can bring it in for a landing
With a little luck we can turn it on
There can be no misunderstanding

Chorus

With a little push, we could set it off
We can send it rocketing skywards
With a little love we could shake it up
Don't you feel the comet exploding?

With a little luck, with a little luck, with a little luck, etc

Repeat verse one

With a little love, we can set it off
We can send it rocketing skywards
With a little luck, we could shake it up
Oh yeah

Repeat verse one

Repeat verse three

Officially appears on


London Town

Official album • Released in 1978

5:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Synthesizer (?)
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 10 and 12, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wings Greatest

Official album • Released in 1978

5:47 • Studio version


London Town (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

5:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Synthesizer (?)
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 10 and 12, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:14 • Studio version


Never Stop Doing What You Love

Official album • Released in 2005

3:14 • 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

5:59 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

4:38 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.15

Unofficial album

1:58 • Studio version

Session Recording:
January 1980
Studio:
Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

4:42 • Outtake


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

1:58 • Outtake


Videos

Album • London Town (1993)

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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