Mrs. Vandebilt

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"Mrs. Vandebilt"
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Band on the Run
B-side "Bluebird"
Released January 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1973
Genre Rock
Length 4:38
Label Apple
Writer(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Helen Wheels"
"Mrs. Vandebilt"
Band on the Run track listing

"Mrs. Vandebilt" is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings from the album Band on the Run. The track was not issued as a single in the UK or US, but was a single in Continental Europe and Australia.

Writing and recording[edit]

The opening lines of the song are taken from the catchphrase of English music hall performer Charlie Chester. Chester's catchphrase was "Down in the jungle living in a tent, better than a bungalow, no rent";[1] the lyrics changed this to "Down in the jungle living in a tent, You don't use money you don't pay rent".

Howie Casey is featured with a saxophone solo.[2]

The song was recorded during the album sessions in Lagos, Nigeria. The studio suffered a power outage during the session, but the recording continued with backup generators. Additional overdubs were later done in London.[3]

Live performances[edit]

McCartney had not played the song live until a free concert on 14 June 2008 in Kiev, Ukraine, on account of it receiving the most requests in a web poll.[4] McCartney played the song in his concert for Quebec City, and then at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 25 September 2008, his first show in Israel. It became a fixture in his setlist, as he also performed the song in Halifax, the first show of his 2009 summer tour, as well as in his three July 2009 performances at the Citi Field in New York City. In addition, the song was featured in his Up and Coming Tour in 2010, his On the Run Tour in 2011-12, and most of his Out There! Tour in 2013. It was dropped for the performances in Japan at the end of the latter tour in November 2013.

Use in sampling[edit]

  • Various elements from the song, such as the lyrics "ho, hey ho", were sampled in the track "Ho' Is Short for Honey" on 88-Keys' 2008 album, The Death of Adam.
  • The song's introduction is also sampled in a Big Boi remix titled "Mrs. Vandebilt Told Me", released online in 2014.[5]
  • The "ho hey" chant was used by The Lumineers for their 2012 hit "Ho Hey".



  1. ^ Solomans, Sam. "I Pinched Charlie Chester's Gags". Open Writing. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. p. 189. 
  3. ^ a b Bruce Spizer, The Beatles Solo On Apple Records (New Orleans: 498 Productions, 2005), 174.
  4. ^ "Bill King, Good To See You, Mrs. Vanderbilt",
  5. ^ "Big Boi". Billboard.