Wild Honey Pie

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"Wild Honey Pie"
Song by the Beatles
from the album The Beatles
Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 20 August 1968,
EMI Studios, London
Length 0:52
Label Apple Records
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

"Wild Honey Pie" is a short song by the Beatles written by Paul McCartney[3] (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on The Beatles (also known as the "White Album").


McCartney is the sole performer on the recording.[4][5][6] At the time, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were working on other White Album songs, and George Harrison was on holiday in Greece.[5]

McCartney said of this song: "We were in an experimental mode, and so I said, 'Can I just make something up?' I started off with the guitar and did a multitracking experiment in the control room or maybe in the little room next door. It was very home-made; it wasn't a big production at all. I just made up this short piece and I multitracked a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and built it up sculpturally with a lot of vibrato on the [guitar] strings, really pulling the strings madly. Hence, 'Wild Honey Pie', which was a reference to the other song I had written called 'Honey Pie'."[3]

According to McCartney, the song might have been excluded from The Beatles album, but Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd, "liked it very much so we decided to leave it on the album".[6]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2003, Stylus Magazine ranked the song at number 1 on their list of the "Top Ten Filler Tracks", saying "the greatest piece of filler to ever clutter an over-ambitious double album".[7] A "Playing God" piece by the same magazine from the following year, in which the author creates a personalised version of the track listing, also suggested the song as the album's first track, saying "instead of [an] acclimation track like 'Back in the USSR', sound-wise at least, this version of The White Album utilizes the sproing guitar and yarbled vocals of 'Wild Honey Pie' as its opening salvo. It's meant here to let the listener know that this is going to be like no Beatles album they've ever heard. At the beginning of the last measure of the song, the next track ['Helter Skelter'] barrels in."[8]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[4]


  1. ^ a b Courrier, Kevin (2008). Artificial Paradise: The Dark Side of the Beatles' Utopian Dream: The Dark Side of the Beatles' Utopian Dream. ABC-CLIO. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-313-34587-6. 
  2. ^ Athitakis, Mark (September–October 2013). "A Beatles Reflection". Humanities. National Endowment of the Humanities. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  3. ^ a b c Miles 1997, p. 497.
  4. ^ a b MacDonald 2005, p. 309.
  5. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 150.
  6. ^ a b Harry 2000, p. 1151.
  7. ^ Top Ten Filler Tracks - Staff Top 10 - Stylus Magazine
  8. ^ The Beatles: The White Album - Playing God - Stylus Magazine


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