The song was co-written by Linda McCartney, the first such instance for some time.
So long, baby, I took you in
Just to show you that your long leather coat
Is really nothing but a handful of skin
‘Hope Of Deliverance’ was issued as a single on 28 December 1992 in the UK and 12 January 1993 in the US. The Off The Ground album followed in February.
The single came out in three formats, each containing non-album tracks. The 7″ vinyl and cassette versions contained ‘Long Leather Coat’, while the CD single contained that song, ‘Big Boys Bickering’, and ‘Kicked Around No More’.
‘Hope Of Deliverance’ was a top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, and Switzerland. It peaked at 18 on the UK singles chart, and fared less well in the USA, reaching 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The single, with ‘Long Leather Coat’ on the b-side, was reissued in the 2022 box set The 7″ Singles Box.