C Moon

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"C Moon"
C Moon by Wings pink label UK vinyl.jpg
Label of the UK 7-inch single
Single by Wings
A-side "Hi, Hi, Hi"
Released 1 December 1972
Format 7-inch single
Recorded November 1972
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Reggae
Length 4:33
Label Apple Records
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
(1972)
"C Moon"
(1972)
"My Love"
(1973)
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
(1972)
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
(1972)
"My Love"
(1973)
Alternative cover art
Back cover of the German release of "Hi Hi Hi"
Back cover of the German release of "Hi Hi Hi"

"C Moon" is a pop song with a reggae beat, written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Wings. It was released as a double A-side with "Hi, Hi, Hi" in 1972. With the ban of "Hi Hi Hi" in the United Kingdom, "C Moon" became a top five hit.[1][2] On the strength of that chart performance, it was included in McCartney's 1987 hits compilation, All the Best!.

Lyrics and structure[edit]

The name "C Moon" was inspired by lyrics in the song "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. McCartney said, "There's a line in [Wooly Bully] that says, 'Let's not be L7.' Well, L7, it was explained at the time, means a square—put L and 7 together and you get a square... So I thought of the idea of putting a C and a moon together (a half-moon) to get the opposite of a square. So 'C Moon' means cool, in other words."[3]

The recording includes a missed-cue intro that was kept in the released version.[4]

The song is in the key of C and is in 4/4 time. The performers change instruments from their usual places. Guitarist Henry McCullough plays drums, guitarist Denny Laine plays bass, and drummer Denny Seiwell plays xylophone.[5]

The song was recorded around the same time as "Hi, Hi, Hi", in November 1972.[6]

Releases[edit]

Country UK USA Germany France Japan
Label Apple Apple EMI Electrola/Apple Apple Apple
Catalogue number R 5973 1857 1C006-05208 2C006-05208 EAR-10241
Release date 1 December 1972 4 December 1972 December, 1972 20 January 1973
Chart ratings 5
(16 January 1973)
N/A N/A 26
(February, 1973)

The song was included on the Paul McCartney compilation albums All the Best! (1987) and Wingspan: Hits and History (2001). It was also included as a bonus track on the 1993 remastered CD of Red Rose Speedway, as part of The Paul McCartney Collection.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGee 2003, p. 35.
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ McGee 2003, p. 198.
  4. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, p.92
  5. ^ Rhino Records 2007.
  6. ^ "The McCartney Recording Sessions - 1972". Webpages.charter.net. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • McCartney, Paul (2007). The McCartney Years (DVD). Rhino Records. 
  • McGee, Garry (2003). Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings. New York: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87833-304-2.