Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

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For the song by Bowling for Soup, see 1985 (song). For the song by the Japanese band The Blue Hearts, see 1985 (The Blue Hearts song).
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Band on the Run
A-side "Band on the Run"
Released 28 June 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1973
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 5:29
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Band on the Run"
"Walking in the Park with Eloise"
(as The Country Hams)
Band on the Run track listing

"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" (sometimes also spelled "1985") is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. It has been featured on the 2001 documentary DVD Wingspan and Paul McCartney & Wings' 1974 TV special One Hand Clapping.

Lyrics and music[edit]

This tune is the climactic track from the album Band on the Run. It continues the album's theme of escape by describing the singer achieving artistic freedom through love.[1] Author Andrew Grant Jackson calls the lyrics "gibberish" and mere placeholders for the excitement and "cinematic purpose" of the music."[2]

The song has a grandiose ending with a full orchestra and the band. Other instrumentation includes mellotron, organ and horns.[2] On the album Band on the Run, it ends the album with an excerpt of the opening song.[2] This song is featured on several episodes of Trigger Happy TV. In its early life, it was simply titled "Piano Thing".



McCartney performed the song for the first time live during his 2010 Up and Coming Tour and again in his On the Run Tour and Out There Tour. He also played the song at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.[3]


  1. ^ Benitez, V. (2010). "The Words and Music of Paul McCartney". Praeger. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-313-34969-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Jackson, A.G. (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Solo Beatles Songs. Scarecrow Press. p. 122. ISBN 9780810882225. 
  3. ^ Shriver, J. & Deutsch, L. (12 December 2012). "Springsteen, Kanye, Stones, McCartney rock Sandy relief". USA Today. Retrieved 13 December 2012.