The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #2: ‘Band On The Run’- Paul McCartney & Wings. I’ve written before about my love for this song- and the great memories it brings back. While on a vacation with my grandfather this song was on the radio a dozen times a day at least. I was for a time confused thinking why does every radio station play these two songs back to back? “Band On The Run” is a medley of fractured songs- made into one song. The Beatles did it with “A Day In The Life” and the second side medley on Abbey Road the most brilliant examples. Paul had did it before with “Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey.” This is a song I never get tired of hearing. When I started getting the songs in order I knew this would be near or at the top. What will #1 be? Any guesses?
The song was partly inspired by a comment that George Harrison had made during a meeting of the Beatles’ Apple record label. The song-wide theme is one of freedom and escape, and its creation coincided with Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr having parted with manager Allen Klein in March 1973, leading to improved relations between McCartney and his fellow ex-Beatles. The original demos for this and other tracks on Band on the Run were stolen shortly after Wings arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, to begin recording the album.
In a 1973 interview with Paul Gambaccini, McCartney stated that the lyric “if we ever get out of here” was inspired by a remark made by George Harrison during one of the Beatles’ many business meetings. McCartney recalled: “He was saying that we were all prisoners in some way [due to the ongoing problems with their company Apple] … I thought it would be a nice way to start an album.” McCartney added, referring to his inspiration for “Band on the Run“: “It’s a million things … all put together. Band on the run – escaping, freedom, criminals. You name it, it’s there.