|Single by Wings|
|from the album London Town|
|Released||26 August 1978|
"I'm Carrying" is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on Wings' 1978 album London Town. It was also released as the B-side of the "London Town" single. In 2003 it was later released on the soundtrack to the film The In-Laws.
Lyrics and music
"I'm Carrying" is a gentle love song. Although Linda McCartney, Paul's wife, was a member of Wings, the song was not inspired by her but rather by a former girlfriend of Paul McCartney's. The song has a simple structure, with two verses and a refrain. In the first verse, McCartney sings that he will come to his lover's room after an absence bringing gifts and a carnation. In the second verse, he sings that he has been away for a long time and wonders if his return will lack style. The refrain simply notes that he is carrying something for his lover.
"I'm Carrying" is in the key of E major and based on four chords. McCartney originally recorded the song accompanied by just his acoustic guitar during the London Town sessions aboard the stern of the yacht Fair Carol in the Virgin Islands on 5 May 1977. In December 1977, he overdubbed orchestral strings and he also overdubbed his own playing of an electric guitar using a Gizmo. The Gizmo is a device invented by 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, which allows a guitar to be played by vibrating the strings rather than plucking them.
Author John Blaney notes that "I'm Carrying" expresses sentiments similar to those McCartney sang on the Beatles' "Yesterday," noting that "I'm Carrying" is "less adventurous melodically but no less welcoming." Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls it "nice" and "understated." George Harrison chose "I'm Carrying" as his favorite song from London Town. CD Review described the song as a "silly love song that's sweet, simple, and tuneful." Billboard Magazine's Timothy White considers the song one of McCartney's post-Beatle peaks. Jim Beviglia of Culture Sonar described the melody as being "as romantic as a moonlit slow dance."
Wings' version of "I'm Carrying" was used in the soundtrack for the film The In-Laws in 2003. The song is also incorporated in the soundtrack to the Greg MacGillivray film To the Arctic 3D, including for a scene in which a mother polar bear plays with her cubs.
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