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Little Lamb Dragonfly
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19 July 2023
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‘Little Lamb Dragonfly’ is the fifth song on Wings’ second album Red Rose Speedway. See more…

Actually it’s a quite heavy story. I was up at the farm, and this lamb was brought in that was very undernourished. We tried to save it but in the next morning it was dead. So I had the happy job of clearing it up. When they go dead, they kind of go like a stuffed toy … these little lambs. It was very early in the morning, and no one was up, and I had my guitar there and I couldn’t really say much to this lamb. But I started, ‘I have no answer for you, little lamb/But I cannot help you in.’ And it came from there. Just not being able to do anything about it was the idea of that song.

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Similar story as ‘Some People Never Know’: I heard this song a while back and liked it very much, but had all but forgotten it till now. I revisited it and am now listening to it on repeat. It’s so beautifully empathetic and sad. I don’t know what exactly it is supposed to be about, but I don’t care — it means something to me.

The A section sounds like he wants to help someone but is unable to do so, whilst the B section sounds like a relationship that inexplicably went wrong. The whole thing is a treat to my ears. I love it, and I happen to know that @Little Piggy Dragonguy does as well. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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This is my favorite song on my favorite Wings album.

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Great song from an extremely underrated album. Neither my favorite song from the album nor my favorite wings album, but I love both a lot. 

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The A section sounds like he wants to help someone but is unable to do so, whilst the B section sounds like a relationship that inexplicably went wrong. The whole thing is a treat to my ears. I love it, and I happen to know that @Little Piggy Dragonguy does as well. a-hard-days-night-george-10  

I read somewhere that it was about a lamb on his farm who got hurt or something, and he couldn’t help it, so it had to get put down.

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As I have said before, a very beautiful song! heartI like the ending the most, very reminiscent of Hey Jude in a way!  I think the song goes very well with various footage of The Beatles and Paul, which increases the emotional side of it for me.

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Does anyone else hear musical references to You Never Give Me Your Money ?

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Easily one of Paul’s best, maybe greatest, songs. It’s stunning and shows how good Wings could be as a band – and is proof for all those idiots who claim that after the Beatles Paul did next to nothing even half decent, or even was dead.

The emotion he gets in his vocal is incredible.

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I love everything about this song. It just takes me to a beautiful place every time I hear it. Sweet, sad, a little nostalgic, wistful, pastoral.

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Another inspired song.  “Pastoral” is a nicely evocative word for it. Not only are the orchestral musicians unknown, but so too their arranger (I doubt Paul was able to arrange those subtle classical touches; did he have GM’s help back then?).

I note that Ultimate Guitar has no entry for it. 

I like to play along with it, but I could never figure out precisely two chords — they only occur in the first slow part (not in the second reiteration at the end).  This other website of chords has these chords, but two chords are clearly wrong.  The Em is correct, and the A7 and D are correct, but that F# and the “A7(13)” are wrong.

F# Em
Sometimes you think that life is hard
A7 A7(13) D
And this is only one of them

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Okay, so the F# is definitely wrong. I’ve always played it like this (sorry I don’t know the chord name off the top of my head) and it sounds right to me:

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As for the other line, I always just played an A7, but I took a closer listen and heard what sounded to me like an A7 with an F on top:

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I’m guessing that’s what they’re calling an A7 (13), since F is the 13th note if you count up from A? I don’t know, it doesn’t seem to be a very good way of notating the chord to me (although we’re at the limits of my chord naming knowledge here) ahdn_george_01

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Perfect — thank you @Beatlebug !

Yep those are the 2 mystery chords.  Now my LLD experience will be complete! 

The first chord I learned from James Taylor, he uses it a lot, so I call it “the James Taylor chord” and it always means a 7th with the bass being a half step above the tonic note — here, D7/Eb.  The second chord I think should be called “A7aug5” (augmented fifth).

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You’re welcome, thanks for fleshing out the chord names a-hard-days-night-paul-7 yes, A7aug5 sounds right.

And now I’m tempted to re-record it with my new chord knowledge ahdn_paul_01

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Joe’s description says both Paul and Hugh McCracken played 12-string acoustic guitars. That seems surprising to me. First, I can’t discern two of them. Second, the 12-string already has an adequately full sound so I wonder why one would need to double up (especially if they’re playing the same chords/notes — and like I said, I can’t detect any interplay of two doing different things).  It could be another example of Paul’s penchant for intricate additives and layerings, almost like a song is a complex piece of ornate furniture.  I can imagine him in the studio listening to a take and saying “I want to add a riff or line at this point, let’s record another track and merge it” or whatever — and doing this many times for different instruments.

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