The track is one of Paul McCartney’s simplest, a blues-style backing and childlike throwaway lyrics. McCartney once described ‘Bip Bop’ as “The weakest song I have ever written in my life”, but in later years indicated an affection for it.
I can get a bit perfectionist about things and think, ‘This is just not one of my grand pieces,’ and often I’ll get a bit down on them. I remember being very down on a song called ‘Bip Bop’ and thinking, ‘Oh God, how banal can you get?’ But I once said that to a producer named Trevor Horn, who produced Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and a lot of cool recording artists, and he said, ‘That’s one of my favourites of yours!’ And then I could see what he saw in it, which is what I saw in it when I wrote it and wanted to record it, so he made me feel better about that.
The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present
‘Bip Bop’ was recorded on 24 and 29 July 1971. ‘Bip Bop (Link)’ was taped some time later, on 2 October, again at Abbey Road.
‘Bip Bop Link’ and ‘Mumbo Link’ were both unlisted on editions of Wild Life released prior to 1987.