Play Me A Danceable Ode

Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Getting Closer’ in 1979 on the album Back to the Egg.  The song reached #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.  ‘Getting Closer’ is a blistering power pop song and many people put it in the same class as ‘Band on the Run’.  Back to the Egg was the seventh and final studio album for Wings, as the group imploded after McCartney’s drug bust in Japan for bringing 7.7 ounces of marijuana into the country, which is almost a half a pound.  McCartney was busted on Jan. 16, 1980 at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport he was facing a possible seven-year sentence for drug smuggling.  Paul ended up spending nine days in jail as Inmate No. 22.

After the drug bust, McCartney cancelled all prospective dates for the group and later released his solo album McCartney II, which was his first solo album in ten years.  Any band with an ex-Beatle is always going to be a backing band, so when McCartney’s interest in the group dwindled, Wings dissolved like sugar in tea.  Wings had twelve top-10 singles (including one number one) in the UK and fourteen top 10 singles (including six number ones) in the US.  All 23 singles released by Wings reached the US top 40, and one two-sided hit, ‘Junior’s Farm’/’Sally G’, reached the top 40 with each side.  Of the nine albums released by Wings, all went top 10 in either the UK or the US, with five consecutive albums topping the US charts.  Besides Paul McCartney Wings had Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, and Linda McCartney in the group and they all contributed in songwriting.  Laine, McCulloch, Joe English, and Linda McCartney all performed lead vocals.  Lee Eastman, Linda’s father asked Jack Lawrence to wrote the song ‘Linda’ as an ode to his daughter when she was four and it was recorded by Jan and Dean in 1963.

Say You Don’t Love Him, My Salamander.
Why Do You Need Him?
Oh No, Don’t Answer, Oh No.

I’m Getting Closer,
I’m Getting Closer To Your Heart.

Keeping Ahead Of The Rain On The Road,
Watching My Windscreen Wipers.
Radio Play Me A Danceable Ode,
Cattle Beware Of Snipers.

When Will You See Me, My Salamander?
Now Don’t Try To Tell Me
Oh No, Don’t Answer, Oh No.

Hitting The Chisel And Making A Joint,
Glueing My Fingers Together.
Radio Play Me A Song With A Point,
Sailor Beware Of Weather.
I’m Getting Closer, My Salamander.
Well When Will We Be There?
Ah No, Don’t Answer, Oh No.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt hosted by Michael where we are supposed to write an ode, but I went in a different direction for this prompt.

15 thoughts on “Play Me A Danceable Ode

    1. I like the video and I wish Wings would have stayed together. I made a mistake in this post when I said that, “Any band with an ex-Beatle is always going to be a backing band” and that certainly was not the case for the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison.


  1. I haven’t heard that Wings song probably since then.

    Jan and Dean. I went through a Jan and Dean phase in high school…had Little Old Lady from Pasadena blasting out of my car…wore cocoa butter every day…for like a half a year.
    I also remember that TV movie about them…

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      1. I never saw it….did not know there was a movie!

        I’ve read where the pot was probably Linda’s and Paul covered for her in Japan…who in their right mind brings that much pot in Japan?

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