Heart of the Country

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"Heart of the Country"
Heart of the Country label.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Paul and Linda McCartney singles chronology
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
(1971)
"Heart of the Country"
(1971)
"Eat at Home"
(1971)
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
(1971)
"The Back Seat of My Car"
(1971)
"Eat at Home"
(1971)
Ram track listing

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

Origins[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

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 rated "Heart of the Country" at number 26 in its list of Paul McCartney's best post-Beatles songs.[1] By contrast, in the same magazine's 1971 review of Ram, Jon Landau had dismissed "Heart of the Country" as "the lowest point" on an album that "represents the nadir in the decomposition of Sixties rock thus far", and he said that McCartney appeared to be "dying on the vine" as an artist.[citation needed]

Aftermath[edit]

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

References[edit]

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