Paul McCartney – “Mull Of Kintyre” Live
Smiles In The Sunshine!
“Mull of Kintyre” was written by Paul McCartney and his long-term collaborator Denny Laine. This was released as a single by Wings on November 11, 1977. It was the band’s biggest hit in Britain and even sold more than two million copies. The first verse basically described the natural beauty of the place.
The song was written in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre, where McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966.
Because of the smashing success of the song, Kintyre received a boost in their tourism. The Campbeltown Pipe Band’s bagpipes and drums were featured in the track and they were eventually given the chance to record and release their very own music. However, it’s ironic that it’s McCartney’s biggest UK hit BUT also his biggest US flop, peaking only at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
McCartney explained how the song came into being:
I certainly loved Scotland enough, so I came up with a song about where we were living; an area called Mull of Kintyre. It was a love song really, about how I enjoyed being there and imagining I was travelling away and wanting to get back there.
This is probably one of the most moving songs from Paul McCartney!