Arrow Through Me

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"Arrow Through Me"
Single by Wings
from the album Back to the Egg
B-side "Old Siam, Sir"
Released 14 August 1979 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 12–17 July 1978
Genre R&B[1]
Length 3:37
Label Columbia (US)
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Chris Thomas
Wings singles chronology
"Getting Closer"
(1979)
"Arrow Through Me"
(1979)
"Rockestra Theme"
(1979)
Back to the Egg track listing

"Arrow Through Me" is an R&B song by Wings.

Background[edit]

"Arrow Through Me", unlike most songs on Back to the Egg, is more pop-oriented than rock-oriented.

"Arrow Through Me", harmonically it is almost like Duke Ellington could have had written it.

Laurence Juber, Daytrippin'[2]

Release[edit]

It was the A-side of the second US single released from Back to the Egg and peaked at number 29.[3] The B-side was "Old Siam, Sir", which was the A-side of the first UK single.

Other[edit]

The rumour that it inspired ABC's 1982 hit "Poison Arrow" is false, although there are similarities in its music video to that of Wings' "Goodnight Tonight".

The song was used with the opening credits of, and as a main melody line through, the 1980 movie Oh! Heavenly Dog, starring Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour and Benji. In 2010, neo-soul artist Erykah Badu sampled "Arrow Through Me" on an album track called "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" on her CD 'New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh'. It also appeared in the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "God Talks to Johnny" (1979).

Charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Canada (RPM Chart)[4] 181

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hewitt, Paolo (2005). "Ten Solo Gems". NME. NME Originals 2 (3): 20. 
  2. ^ Terrill, Marshall. "Exclusive: Ex-Wings guitarist, Laurence Juber, talks about attending ‘Paul McCartney University’". Daytrippin' Beatles Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Paul McCartney awards". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "RPM Year-End 1979".