Arrow Through Me
|"Arrow Through Me"|
|Single by Wings|
|from the album Back to the Egg|
|B-side||"Old Siam, Sir"|
|Released||14 August 1979(US)|
|Recorded||12–17 July 1978|
|Wings singles chronology|
"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.
Ultimate Classic Rock contributor Nick DeRiso compared the keyboard bass line to those of Stevie Wonder and also praised the "inventive undulating polyrhythm" played by drummer Steve Holley. DeRiso rated "Arrow Right Through Me" to be Wings' 8th greatest song.
- Paul McCartney - vocals, synth-bass, electric piano, synthesizers
- Steve Holley - drums, Flexatone
- Howie Casey - horns
- Tony Dorsey - horns
- Steve Howard - horns
- Thaddeus Richard - horns
It was the A-side of the second US single released from Back to the Egg and peaked at number 29. The B-side was "Old Siam, Sir", which was the A-side of the first UK single.
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).
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