top of page
Mull of Kintyre
Song

Mull of Kintyre

Paul McCartney
Album:
Mull of Kintyre

Song Meaning and Background of Mull of Kintyre by Paul McCartney


Paul McCartney and Denny Laine composed it as an homage to the Scottish Kintyre peninsula and the Mull of Kintyre, a promontory where McCartney has held High Park Farm since 1966.


McCartney said about the song:

'I certainly loved Scotland enough, so I came up with a song about where we were living: an area called Mull of Kintyre. It was a love song really, about how I enjoyed being there and imagining I was travelling away and wanting to get back there.'


The Campbeltown Pipe Band from nearby Campbeltown provided bagpipes for the tune. Acoustic guitar and Paul's vocals were captured outside.


The song, which became the 1977 Christmas number one in the UK, is among the best-selling songs ever in that country and was Wings' biggest hit there.


Lyrics of Mull of Kintyre by Paul McCartney


Mull of Kintyre

Oh mist rolling in from the sea

My desire is always to be here

Oh Mull of Kintyre

 

Far have I traveled and much have I seen

Dark distant mountains with valleys of green

Past painted deserts the sunsets on fire

As he carries me home to the Mull of Kintyre

 

Mull of Kintyre

Oh mist rolling in from the sea

My desire is always to be here

Oh Mull of Kintyre

 

Sweep through the heather like deer in the glen

Carry me back to the days I knew then

Nights when we sang like a heavenly choir

Of the life and the times of the Mull of Kintyre

 

Mull of Kintyre

Oh mist rolling in from the sea

My desire is always to be here

Oh Mull of Kintyre

 

Smiles in the sunshine

And tears in the rain

Still take me back where my memories remain

Flickering embers grow higher and high

As they carry me back to the Mull of Kintyre

 

Mull of Kintyre

Oh mist rolling in from the sea

My desire is always to be here

Oh Mull of Kintyre

 

Mull of Kintyre

Oh mist rolling in from the sea

My desire is always to be here

Oh Mull of Kintyre



Release Date

1977

Songwriter/s

Paul McCartney, Denny Laine

Producer/s

Paul McCartney

Label/s

Capitol

Other Songs

bottom of page