I'm Carrying

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"I'm Carrying"
London Town I'm Carrying Belgium cover.jpg
Single by Wings
from the album London Town
A-side"London Town"
Released26 August 1978
RecordedMay 1977
GenreSoft rock
LabelParlophone/EMI (UK)
Capitol (US)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney

"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.[1] In 2003 it was later released on the soundtrack to the film The In-Laws.[1]

Lyrics and music[edit]

"I'm Carrying" is a gentle love song.[1][2] 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.[2][3][4] The song has a simple structure, with two verses and a refrain.[2] In the first verse, McCartney sings that he will come to his lover's room after an absence bringing gifts and a carnation.[2] In the second verse, he sings that he has been away for a long time and wonders if his return will lack style.[2] The refrain simply notes that he is carrying something for his lover.[2]

"I'm Carrying" is in the key of E major and based on four chords.[2] 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.[1][3] In December 1977, he overdubbed orchestral strings and he also overdubbed his own playing of an electric guitar using a Gizmo.[1][2][3] 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.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[1] Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls it "nice" and "understated."[5] George Harrison chose "I'm Carrying" as his favorite song from London Town.[3] CD Review described the song as a "silly love song that's sweet, simple, and tuneful."[6] Billboard Magazine's Timothy White considers the song one of McCartney's post-Beatle peaks.[7] Jim Beviglia of Culture Sonar described the melody as being "as romantic as a moonlit slow dance."[8]

Other appearances[edit]

Wings' version of "I'm Carrying" was used in the soundtrack for the film The In-Laws in 2003.[1][5][9][10] 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.[11][12]

Sham Rock covered "I'm Carrying" on their 2004 album The Album.[13] Guitarist Phil Keaggy played the song with Paul McCartney at the wedding of Linda McCartney's sister Laura Eastman.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Blaney, J. (2007). Lennon and McCartney: together alone: a critical discography of their solo work. Jawbone Press. pp. 123–125, 264. ISBN 978-1-906002-02-2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Benitez, V.P. (2010). The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years. Praeger. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-313-34969-0.
  3. ^ a b c d Madiger, C.; Easter, M. (2000). Eight Arms to Hold You. 44.1 Productions. p. 232. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.
  4. ^ Harry, B. (2003). The Paul McCartney encyclopedia. Virgin. p. 442. ISBN 9780753507162.
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, S.T. "The In-Laws". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  6. ^ CD Review. 7. 1990.
  7. ^ White, T. (14 June 1997). Rediscussion. Billboard Magazine. p. 87. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  8. ^ Beviglia, Jim (October 14, 2017). "The 10 Best Paul McCartney Songs You May Never Have Heard". Culture Sonar. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  9. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Eminem And Nas, Jack Black, Winona Ryder, Wayne Wonder, Tony Hawk & More". MTV. 24 April 2003. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  10. ^ Hay, C. (10 May 2003). "Soundtracks". Billboard Magazine. p. 19. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Take a Journey To The Arctic in IMAX® Theatres Starting Friday". PR Newswire. April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  12. ^ "To the Arctic" (PDF). imax.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  13. ^ "The Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  14. ^ Maissey, J. (3 April 2008). "Guitar Phil Keaggy brings his album to life". hamptonroads.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012.

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