Ram album artwork – Paul and Linda McCartneyWritten by: Paul and Linda McCartney
Recorded: October 1970 – April 1971
Producer: Paul and Linda McCartney

Released: 21 May 1971 (UK), 17 May 1971 (US)

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Personnel

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass guitar
Linda McCartney: backing vocals
David Spinozza/Hugh McCracken: guitar
Denny Seiwell: drums

One of five co-written songs on Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album Ram, ‘Eat At Home’ was written about their love of domestic life together.

Linda and I were newly married, with a baby, and we were desperately trying to escape the hurly-burly and just find time to be a family. We were completely cut off on our farm in Scotland, a place I’d bought a few years before but Linda really fell in love with. So we just made our own fun. We drew a lot. We wrote a lot. We inspired each other. Linda took a lot of photographs, and I think Scotland helped her find a new side to her work, moving away from musicians and capturing nature and the everyday of family life.
Paul McCartney
The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present

[AmazonRight]In 1975 Paul McCartney was asked about the song, and said it was “a plea for home cooking – it’s obscene”. Certainly the lyrics are a barely-disguised come-on, with eating used as a euphemism for sex.

From a musical perspective, ‘Eat At Home’ owes much to the example of Buddy Holly, a huge influence on The Beatles when we were growing up and starting to write our own songs. One of the aspects I rather enjoy is that I modified Buddy Holly’s tendency to mimic a speech hesitation by introducing a sheep’s baa into the phrase ‘eat in be-e-e-e-d’. I was proud of that!
Paul McCartney
The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present

‘Eat At Home’ was released as a single in several European countries in 1971, with ‘Smile Away’ on the b-side. Although not issued in the US or UK, it reached number seven in the Netherlands and eight in Norway.

Wings later performed ‘Eat At Home’ during their European tour.