McCartney III cover artworkWritten by: McCartney
Recorded: 2020
Producer: Paul McCartney

Released: 18 December 2020

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McCartney III


Paul McCartney: vocals, all instruments

‘Women And Wives’ is the fourth song on McCartney III, Paul McCartney’s solo album written and recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This arrived when I was reading a book on Lead Belly. I was deep in the South and the blues and I sat at the piano one day and started playing the chords at the beginning of the song. Lead Belly inspired that vocal style – “Well, mama…” – that Southern blues thing. It suited that song. “Hear me, husband and lovers/What we do with our lives…” Then I was off on the trail. So suddenly, “Seems to matter to others”. Hey, let’s think about what we’re handing down to them. As a parent and grandparent, you think that kind of stuff.
Paul McCartney
Uncut, January 2021

On ‘Women And Wives’ Paul used upright bass – Bill Black’s (Elvis’s bass player) upright bass. It’s very famously owned by Paul, he’s had that a long time. It’s a Kay Maestro M-1.

It’s still strung right-handed for Bill Black, Paul just turns it around and plays it the other way round! It’s a lovely sound, it’s 1952 or 53 I think I’ve managed to pin it down to, and Paul’s owned it for 20-25 years. He bought it, I think, from Scotty Moore’s family.

Keith Smith, McCartney’s studio technical manager