Jenny Wren

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"Jenny Wren"
Jenny Wren cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
  • "Summer of '59" (7" only)
  • "I Want You to Fly", "This Loving Game" (CD only)
Released21 November 2005
Format7", CD, Maxi-CD
RecordedOcean Way Recording, L.A., October 2004
GenreFolk, baroque pop
Length3:47 (album version)
2:09 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Nigel Godrich
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Fine Line"
"Jenny Wren"
"Really Love You"
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard track listing
13 tracks
  1. "Fine Line"
  2. "How Kind of You"
  3. "Jenny Wren"
  4. "At the Mercy"
  5. "Friends to Go"
  6. "English Tea"
  7. "Too Much Rain"
  8. "A Certain Softness"
  9. "Riding to Vanity Fair"
  10. "Follow Me"
  11. "Promise to You Girl"
  12. "This Never Happened Before"
  13. "Anyway"

"Jenny Wren" is a song by Paul McCartney from his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. It was also issued as the second single from the album in the United Kingdom 21 November 2005.


"Jenny Wren" was written in Los Angeles, and is about a character of the same name from Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend. It also refers to a bird known as the wren, which is reported to be McCartney's favourite. McCartney wrote the tune in the same sort of finger picking style found in "Blackbird", "Mother Nature's Son" (The Beatles) and "Calico Skies" (Flaming Pie). The song earned a nomination for the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category.

The solo is played on an Armenian woodwind instrument, called duduk—a first in pop music history—played by Venezuelan-born world winds specialist and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Eustache. The guitar is tuned down a whole step for the song, providing a unique sound that reflects McCartney's earlier works.


The song was recorded in October 2004, with duduk overdub added in a separate session on 25th of the same month.[1]

Covers and references[edit]

The song has been covered by several artists, such as the Norwegian jazz trio SOLID! who recorded an instrumental version on their 2008 release Happy Accidents (AIM Records).

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital single released 31 October 2005
  1. "Jenny Wren" (radio edit) – 2:09
  • 7" R6678
  1. "Jenny Wren" – 3:47
  2. "Summer of '59" – 2:11
  • CD CDR6678
  1. "Jenny Wren" – 3:47
  2. "I Want You to Fly" – 5:03
  • Maxi-CD CDRS6678
  1. "Jenny Wren" – 3:47
  2. "I Want You to Fly" – 5:03
  3. "This Loving Game" – 3:15

Chart positions[edit]

"Jenny Wren" charted at #22 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]


Personnel per booklet.[3]


  1. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, pp. 384-85.
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  3. ^ Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Booklet). Paul McCartney. Parlophone, EMI. 2005. 00946 337958 2 2, 337 9582.

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