Arrow Through Me

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"Arrow Through Me"
Arrow Through Me cover.jpg
Single by Wings
from the album Back to the Egg
B-side"Old Siam, Sir"
Released14 August 1979 (1979-08-14) (US)
Format7-inch single
Recorded12–17 July 1978
Genre
Length3:37
LabelColumbia (US)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Getting Closer"
(1979)
"Arrow Through Me"
(1979)
"Rockestra Theme"
(1979)

"Arrow Through Me" is an R&B song by Wings, released upon their 1979 album Back to the Egg.[2]

Background[edit]

"Arrow Through Me", unlike most songs on Back to the Egg, is more pop-oriented than rock-oriented.[3]

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

— Laurence Juber, Daytrippin'[4]


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.[5] DeRiso rated "Arrow Right Through Me" to be Wings' 8th greatest song.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Release[edit]

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.

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".[citation needed]

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).[6]

Chart history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hewitt, Paolo (2005). "Ten Solo Gems". NME. NME Originals. 2 (3): 20.
  2. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 219
  3. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 204
  4. ^ Terrill, Marshall. "Exclusive: Ex-Wings guitarist, Laurence Juber, talks about attending 'Paul McCartney University'". Daytrippin' Beatles Magazine.
  5. ^ a b DeRiso, Nick. "Top 10 Wings Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  6. ^ My Year of Chevy: One Guy's Journey Through the Filmography of Chevy Chase ISBN 978-1-304-16206-9 p. 15
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 20 October 1979. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 157.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.