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Not to be confused with Mamuniyeh.
Mamunia cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Band on the Run
A-side "Jet"
Released 28 January 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1973
Lagos, Nigeria
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:51
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings chronology
"Mrs Vandebilt"
"Band on the Run"
Band on the Run track listing

"Mamunia" is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that first appeared on Wings' 1973 album Band on the Run. It was also released as the B-side of the "Jet" single in the US, but was replaced by "Let Me Roll It" when "Mamunia" was being considered as a possible future A-side.[1][2][3]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Mamunia" was written in Marrakesh early in 1973.[1] The title was inspired by the hotel Mamounia in which the McCartneys were staying at the time.[1][2][3] Mamounia means "safe haven" in Arabic.[1][2][3] According to author John Blaney, McCartney used the term as a "metaphor for rebirth."[1] "Mamunia" is one of several songs on Band on the Run, including title track and "Bluebird," which espouse a theme of escape and freedom.[4] The song's verses use rain as a metaphor for the difficult times people face.[5] The song's message is to not complain about difficult times because everyone faces tough times and it's better to focus on your "safe haven" during those times.[5]

"Mamunia" was the first song recorded for Band on the Run in Lagos, Nigeria.[1][5] Paul McCartney sings the lead vocals and plays guitar and bass, Denny Laine plays guitar and sings backing vocals, and Linda McCartney provides backing vocals as well.[1] One of McCartney's roadies plays bass drum.[2] Like "Bluebird," "Mamunia" is primarily acoustic.[6] Music critic Robert Christgau described the song's intro as "Afro-soul."[7] The song and the refrain are in the key of A major and the verses are in the key of C major.[5] Authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter describe the song as "so lightweight it'll float off" but note that it is "relentlessly melodic."[2]


Critics comments[edit]

Professor Vincent Benitez described it as a "typical example of McCartney's style of pop music."[5] Blaney describes it as "a bright and breezy pop song, celebrating the good things in life and equally as delightful.[1] Mojo Magazine described it as "a pearl of naive wisdom."[8] Authors Robert Dimery and Michael Lydon described "Mamunia" as a "solid side-two track."[9] Paul McCartney biographer Peter Carlin claimed that "Mamunia" "takes a more laid-back approach to the sentiment in [The Beatles' song] 'Rain.'"[10] Author Tim Riley concurs the song's relationship to "Rain," calling it a "pale rewrite of Lennon's "Rain," but praises its "smart two-key framework."[11]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for "Mamunia" in July 1974.[2] Jim Quick was the producer.[2] The video is mostly animated, and Paul McCartney does not appear.[2] It was first shown on The Dave Cash Radio Show."[2] It appears on the 2007 video set The McCartney Years.[12]


Don Fleming covered "Mamunia" on his 2003 Band on the Run remake.[13] Larry Page covered the song on his mid-1990s albums John Paul George Ringo and Imagine.[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. 85–87. ISBN 978-1-906002-02-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Madiger, C. & Easter, M. (2000). Eight Arms to Hold You. 44.1 Productions. p. 189. ISBN 0-615-11724-4. 
  3. ^ a b c McGee, G. (2003). Band on the Run. Taylor Trade. pp. 56, 60, 203. ISBN 0878333045. 
  4. ^ Rodriguez, R. (2010). Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years 1970–1980. Hal Leonard. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-87930-968-8. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Benitez, V.P. (2010). The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years. Praeger. pp. 74–75. ISBN 978-0-313-34969-0. 
  6. ^ Verna, P., ed. (March 13, 1999). "Spotlight: Band on the Run". Billboard Magazine. p. 28. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  7. ^ Christgau, R. "Band on the Run". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition. Canongate. 2007. p. 322. ISBN 9781847676436. 
  9. ^ Dimery, R. & Lydon, M. (2010). 1001 albums you must hear before you die. Pennsylvania State University. p. 306. ISBN 9780789320742. 
  10. ^ Carlin, P.A. (2009). Paul McCartney: A Life. Simon & Schuster. p. 234. ISBN 9781416562092. 
  11. ^ Riley, T. (2002). Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After. Da Capo. pp. 354, 358. ISBN 9780306811203. 
  12. ^ "McCartney Unearths Live Clips, Videos For DVD". Billboard. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  13. ^ Chadbourne, E. "Band on the Run". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  14. ^ "Larry Page: Mamunia". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-11.