‘Some People Never Know’ is the fifth song on Wings’s debut album Wild Life.

‘Some People Never Know’ was just me and Linda’s love song, us against the world. ‘I Am Your Singer’ is similar.
Paul McCartney
Conversations with McCartney, Paul Du Noyer

The song was recorded in four takes at Abbey Road on 25 July 1971, with overdubs added on 29 July and 9 October.

The overdubs included a range of percussion and other instruments, recorded onto tracks 5 and 6 of the multitrack tape. They included wood blocks, maracas, bongos, and a six-foot plastic tube which drummer Denny Seiwell twirled in the studio to create an unusual whirling sound.

McCartney’s lines “Some people can sleep at night time/Believing that love is a lie” have been interpreted as a response to John Lennon’s ‘How Do You Sleep?’, although the recording and release dates make this unlikely. However, Lennon’s 1973 song ‘I Know (I Know)’ is sometimes cited as referring to ‘Some People Never Know’, and could have signalled a thaw in the two men’s often frosty relationship.

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