10 Songs That Prove Wings Are A Better Band Than You Think
10. Dear Friend
On their respective solo albums, Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and RAM, John Lennon and Paul McCartney had taken very public potshots at each other.
For fans it was a painful reminder that the Beatle dream was over. On the other hand there was a guilty pleasure in seeing two heroes air their dirty laundry in public. You could pick apart songs and album art looking for extra digs.
The worst and most blatant of it was probably Lennon’s How Do You Sleep. A lyrically vicious song but a bloody good one. To add insult to injury, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played on it too.
Perhaps viewing Wings as a fresh start, Paul included a raw but starkly beautiful olive branch on their debut album Wildlife.
On Dear Friend, over tense piano he asks, “Does it really mean so much to you?” Both men had found romantic love as their love for each other had soured. Perhaps Paul felt it was time they put aside their differences and tried to be happy for each other. “Dear friend, throw the wine/I’m in love with a friend of mine.”
That whole first album feels unpolished, at times half baked. Still, Dear Friend typifies the beauty available to those who can overlook a few rough edges.
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