Friday, March 2, 2012

Live and Let Die - Live


Paul McCartney and Wings Live and Let Die paulmccartney.filminspector.com
"Live and Let Die" single jacket.




"Live and Let Die" is the theme song from the film of the same name. It was Roger Moore's first film as the James Bond character, and the Bond franchise's producers (Harry Saltzman and Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli) wanted something special. So, they asked Paul to come up with a song.

Paul, eager to establish his new group "Wings" in the public consciousness after a somewhat mediocre start, agreed. He came up with something and came to the producers' office and sang a few bars. The producers looked at each other, then one turned to McCartney and said: "That's it?"

That was it, and "Live and Let Die" became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Paul also likes it, as it was one of four songs from his entire career that he chose to sing one year at the US Super Bowl.


When You Were Young And Your Heart Was An Open Book
You Used To Say "Live And Let Live"
(You Know You Did, You Know You Did, You Know You Did)
But If This Ever Changing World In Which We're Livin'
Makes You Give In And Cry
Say "Live And Let Die"
"Live And Let Die"
"Live And Let Die"
"Live And Let Die"

What Does It Matter To Ya
When You Got A Job To Do
You Gotta Do It Well
You Gotta Give The Other Fellow Hell

You Used To Say "Live And Let Live"
(You Know You Did, You Know You Did, You Know You Did)
But If This Ever Changing World In Which We're Live In
Makes You Give In And Cry
Say "Live And Let Die"
"Live And Let Die"

Wings had several specials during the early '70s. In one, they performed "Live and Let Die," and at the end they had the piano explode. Apparently, the effect was a little more realistic than they expected and shrapnel flew everywhere, but fortunately, nobody got hurt.

Paul McCartney and Wings Live and Let Die paulmccartney.filminspector.com


Wings personnel at the time of "Live and Let Die":

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, piano
  • Linda McCartney – backing vocals, keyboards
  • Henry McCullough – lead guitar
  • Denny Laine – backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Denny Seiwell – drums
  • Ray Cooper – percussion
  • George Martin – orchestral arrangement




Guns N' Roses did a cover version in the '80s that got a lot of praise and airplay. They certainly did a great job, but (opinions will differ) nothing matches the original by Wings.


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