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
Writer(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"My Love"
Alternative cover art
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] Sometimes, when the song is performed live, McCartney will shout words in Jamaican (including "Rastafari") during the intro, replacing the line "Was that the intro I should have been in?".[citation needed]

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]


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.



  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. 


  • 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.