Heart of the Country

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"Heart of the Country"
Single by Paul and Linda McCartney
from the album Ram
A-side "The Back Seat of My Car"
Released 13 August 1971
Format 7"
Recorded 16 November 1970
Genre Folk rock, country folk
Length 2:21
Label Apple
Writer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Paul and Linda McCartney singles chronology
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
"The Back Seat of My Car"
"Eat at Home"
Ram track listing

"Heart of the Country" is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney from their album Ram released in 1971.


The song has simple acoustic tune with a heavy bass chorus, and an unusually mellow sound to the acoustic guitar that was achieved by tuning all of the strings a full step lower than standard pitch. The song is about a man searching for a farm in the middle of nowhere. The song reflects Paul's heading for the Scottish countryside to escape the headaches associated with the Beatles' breakup at the time.[1]


Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as "an effortless folk-pop tune that ranks among [McCartney's] very best songs."[2] Erlewine also praises its "imaginative and gorgeous arrangement."[3] In 2013, Rolling Stone Magazine rated "Heart of the Country" to be Paul McCartney's #26 all-time post-Beatles song.[1]


McCartney and Elvis Costello re-recorded the song in 2013 for a commercial featuring his late wife Linda's vegetarian recipe book.


  1. ^ a b "Paul's 40 Greatest Solo Songs". Special Collector's Edition: Paul McCartney. Rolling Stone Magazine. 2013. p. 89. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Wingspan". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Ram". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-12-25.