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MULL OF KINTYRE


"Mull of Kintyre" is a popular 1977 song by Paul McCartney and his band Wings. The song was written by McCartney and bandmate Denny Laine in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, where McCartney had owned a home and recording studio since the late 1960s, and its headland or "mull".

In fact the home of Paul McCartney was located north of Campbelltown in the opposite end of the peninsula of Mull. Even the video for the song, which Paul plays the guitar sitting on a fence while a pipe band (one of Campbelltown) moves in the background along the shore, was not filmed in Mull, but further north to Sadel Bay on the east coast of the peninsula (see video link suggested in the footnote where Sadel castle is visible).

  

Nobody bore a grudge against him and the song was Wings’ biggest hit in the United Kingdom spending 9 weeks at the top of the charts. It was the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK. It also became a massive international hit except in the United States - as a consequence, McCartney has not played "Mull of Kintyre" during his subsequent concert tours of America.

             


MULL OF KINTYRE LYRICS

The song was adopted by fans of several popular football clubs in the United Kingdom and is still sung during games, most notably by fans of Nottingham Forest F.C.; the song’s lyrics were adapted for the now firmly established crowd favourite 'City Ground'.

The version below is from Paul MacCartney.



Chorus
Mull of Kintyre, Oh mist rolling in from
The sea my desire, is always to be here
Oh mull of Kintyre.

Far have I travelled and much have I seen
Dark distant mountains and valleys of green
Past painted deserts,
the sunset’s on fire
As he carries me home to the Mull of Kintyre.

Chorus

Sweep through the heather
like deer in the glen
Carry me back to the days I knew then,
Nights when we sang like a heavenly choir
Of the life and the times of the Mull of Kintyre

Chorus

Smiles in the sunshine and tears in the rain
Still take me back where my mem’ries remain.
Flickering embers grow higher and higher
As they carry me back to the Mull of Kintyre.

Chorus

  

  Refrain
  Oh péninsule de Kintyre
  Traversée par la brume venue de la mer,
  Mon désir est d’être toujours ici.

  J’ai voyagé si loin et tant vu mais
  Les lointaines montagnes sombres et les vertes vallées
  Au-delà des déserts peints
  et des couchers de soleil rougeoyants
  Me transportent dans ma maison de la péninsule de Kintyre.

  Refrain

  Me faufiler à travers la bruyère
  tel les cerfs dans les gorges
  Me ramène à l’époque où la nuit
  Nous chantions tous en chœur
  Le bon temps vécu sur la période la péninsule de Kintyre.

  Refrain

  Sourires dans la lumière du soleil et larmes sous la pluie
  Me ramènent là où ma mémoire est restée
  La lueur des braises sans cesse grandissante
  Me rappelle la péninsule de Kintyre.

  Refrain



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