"Band on the Run" is a song by Paul McCartney & Wings

With Band[edit | edit source]

Band on the Run
Paul McCartney & Wings
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Band on the Run
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Family Friendly
Information
Released 1973 (2009)
Genre Classic Rock
Language English
Source Downloadable song
Playable in
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Difficulty
Band 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Basic Pro
Guitar 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Bass 1Fcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Drums 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Keys 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Vocals 4Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.png 4Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.png
Details
Male singer
3-part Harmonies



Shortly after the Band On The Run album was released, McCartney told Melody Maker: "The basic idea about the band on the run is a kind of prison escape. At the beginning of the album the guy is stuck inside four walls, and eventually breaks out. There is a thread, but it's not a concept album."

Asked if this was a reference to Wings escaping from The Beatles, he replied: "Sort of – yeah. I think most bands on tour are on the run."


Paul McCartney combined pieces of different songs to make this one. The Beatles did a lot of this on their Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, since it provided a way to use unfinished songs. "A Day In The Life" is a good example of two Beatles songs combined to make one.

During a lengthy meeting with executives at The Beatles' Apple Records, George Harrison complained, "If I ever get out of this house." McCartney remembered the line and used it years later in this song. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)

Video[edit | edit source]

Band_on_the_Run_-_Paul_McCartney_&_Wings_Expert_(All_Instruments)_Rock_Band_3_DLC

Solo version[edit | edit source]

Band on the Run
Paul McCartney
Good Evening New York City.png
Good Evening New York City
RaitingFF.png
Family Friendly
Information
Released 2009 (1973)
Genre Rock
Language English
Source Downloadable song
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
Difficulty
Band 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Basic Pro
Guitar 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Bass 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Drums 4Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.png 4Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.png
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Details
Male singer
3-part Harmonies



McCartney recorded the album in Lagos, Nigeria along with his wife Linda and guitarist Denny Laine. The other Wings decided not to make the trip, which worked out fine in the end: McCartney considers the album his best post-Beatles work. He told Word in 2005: "I was on drums and guitar a lot, mainly because the drummer decided to leave the group the night before and one of the guitar players decided not to come! So we got that solo element into an otherwise 'produced' album."

This song was used to nice effect in the movie The Killing Fields, where a young woman with a transistor radio listens to this in the wake of a brutal US bombing of a Cambodian village when suspected rebels are being rounded up and shot. The song exemplified the contrast between the sort of druggy, frivolous Pop culture of the 1970s West and the stark realities of the Third World at the same time.

Video[edit | edit source]

Band_on_the_Run_-_Paul_McCartney_&_Wings_Expert_(All_Instruments)_Rock_Band_3_DLC

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