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4 December 2014
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The Beatles (White Album) artwork

Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 20 August 1968
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott

Released: 22 November 1968 (UK), 25 November 1968 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar, drums

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A solo recording by Paul McCartney, Wild Honey Pie was a singalong written in Rishikesh, India, and recorded at the end of the…

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This is a joke a lot of people don't get. But that's jokes for you.

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15 March 2016
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It works well as its over quickly so not to overstay its welcome. I don't play it often but always enjoy hearing it when I do. Totally off the wall and out there. 

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15 March 2016
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Not a fan of the vocals

https://youtu.be/52nwiTs7bk8

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16 March 2016
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I used to hate it, but it's grown on me. It'll never be a favourite, though. 

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ewe2 said
This is a joke a lot of people don't get. But that's jokes for you.

What's the joke? a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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10 June 2017
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I know that I asked whether or not you guys thought Flying was an instrumental awhile ago, so I thought I'd ask the same question about this song, albeit with a poll. I do consider this song an instrumental, but I thought I'd let you decide.

Do you consider Wild Honey Pie an instrumental

  • Yes(7% : 1 vote)
  • No(93% : 13 votes)
Total Voters: 14

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10 June 2017
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How the hell can anyone call it an instrumental when Paul is singing 'Honey Pie' a number of times during the song? Is the next song being voted on 'Good Morning, Good Morning'?

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10 June 2017
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Because those are the only 2 words he uses (except for that very brief part during the outro) whereas Good Morning Good Morning uses lots of different words and the lyrics actually make sense and try to tell a story whereas these lyrics are just nonsense lyrics.

Think of it this way, would you consider Neal Hefti's Batman an instrumental. I know I would because the only word used in that song is Batman although it's repeated throughout the song, I feel the same about this song.

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10 June 2017
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So does that make Can You Take Me Back an instrumental if he's not using many different lyrics to tell a story? No. These songs aren't instrumentals. 

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10 June 2017
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But Can You Take Me Back uses a lot more words than just 2 to display it's message and also, it's technically not a song because it uses the same track space as Cry Baby Cry which is definitely not an instrumental, unless if you took out the vocals that is.

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12 June 2017
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I don't consider it an instrumental as it has lyrics. Even though it only has a few words it is still lyrics none the less.

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10 August 2017
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If someone offered me Wild Honey Pie, I'd eat it over regular Honey Pie.

Honey Pie sucks.

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11 August 2017
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If someone offered me Wild Honey Pie, I'd eat it over regular Honey Pie.

Honey Pie sucks.  

Free-range Honey Pie?

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21 August 2017
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Is there supposed to be any connections between Wild Honey Pie and Honey Pie?

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21 August 2017
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Besides the title and lyric there doesn't seem to be any musical connection.  

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21 August 2017
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I guess it could be a coincidence.  

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22 August 2017
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In Many Years From Now Paul said the following when talking about Wild Honey Pie: 'Wild Honey Pie', which was a reference to the other song I had written called 'Honey Pie'

I could imagine that Paul didn't think too much about the name he should give this little experimental song because he initially didn't even plan to put it on the album and therefore, kind of as a working title, he just named it after another song he had previously written also all by himself (which would be Honey Pie obviously) and since this version was 'wilder' he named it 'Wild Honey Pie'. I don't think that he thought about a musical connection.

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22 August 2017
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One thing that being on this forum has taught me (thank you, one and all) is that instruments are important in a song. Yeah, I know that is a wild statement, but before being on this forum, I never really "actively" listened to instruments. I was a total lyrics and words girl. The "music" in the backgrounds was just some supporting "noise".

Now that I listen to instruments, I adore this song. I imagine @HappyHaggis's avatar bouncing around when I listen to the song.

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Ahhh Girl said
One thing that being on this forum has taught me (thank you, one and all) is that instruments are important in a song. Yeah, I know that is a wild statement, but before being on this forum, I never really "actively" listened to instruments. I was a total lyrics and words girl. The "music" in the backgrounds was just some supporting "noise".

Now that I listen to instruments, I adore this song. I imagine @HappyHaggis's avatar bouncing around when I listen to the song.

happyhaggis.jpg

  

What a nice story, @Ahhh Girl! I can 100% relate to what you said! I've always focused on words and lyrics too and when I couldn't understand them because of language barriers, I would focus on the voices nonetheless or on the overall atmosphere but never on the instruments. On this forum, I've learnt to pay more attention to the drums and the guitars (a friend from school had already turned me on to bass) and I have to say that listening to music has been taken to a completely new level because of this! Before it had been a pleasure, now it's a passion! Thank you all!

Back on topic: I rather like Wild Honey Pie and I absolutely love its position on the White Album. The weird (in a positive way) sound of Paul's vocals feels like a logical extension of the silly chatter at the end of Obladi Oblada. The following dramatic beginning of Bungalow Bill leaves the listener surprised as the change in mood comes so suddenly; after a few seconds, it becomes apparent though, that this was only an interlude and the fooling around that has begun in Obladi Oblada and Wild Honey Pie will be continued in Bungalow Bill. For me, the three songs back to back are one big display of the Beatles superb humour and I couldn't think of a better place for Wild Honey Pie because that way there is a nice transition between Obladi Oblada and Bungalow Bill (Wild Honey Pie combines the silly voices of the former and the prominent guitar of the latter) and the humour is maintained.

And I wish I could've witnessed the moment Pattie told Paul to keep it on the album, that must have been an adorable moment. (Thank you, Pattie, for doing so!a-hard-days-night-george-9)

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