Joe English / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Paul McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings

Don't Let It Bring You Down

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Like most Paul McCartney albums (Wings or otherwise), London Town was full of lovely ballads that balanced sweetness with pop hooks. "With A Little Luck" was the hit ballad from this album but the non-single ballads were often better. One of the best was "Don’t Let It Bring You Down," an elegant tune that married a message of hope to a hypnotic folk-styled melody. The lyrics of the song take on a philosophical tone as they advise against getting down about life’s low points: "Don’t go down, don’t go underground/Things seem strange but they change/Oh, they change/Up and down your carousel will go/Don’t let it bring you down." McCartney wraps this lyric in a gentle, syncopated melody that presents its folk-ish hooks at a slow stately pace reminiscent of a waltz played at half-speed. Wings’ recording of "Don’t Let It Bring You Down" adds a bit of psychedelia to create a sound reminiscent of early Traffic: the foundation is built on gently rolling acoustic guitar riffs and wind instruments but this sound is spiced up with some slide electric guitars and plenty of engineering tricks (phasing, flanging, etc.) that give the recording a cosmic feel. Despite all these adventurous sounds, the song remains down to earth thanks to a plaintive vocal from McCartney that earnestly sells the lyrics and some lovely, warm background harmonies from Linda McCartney and Denny Laine. "Don’t Let It Bring You Down" was never issued as a single but remains a highlight of London Town and yet another solid example of a McCartney ballad.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
London Town 1978 EMI Music Distribution 4:35
Pure McCartney 2016 Hear Music / Virgin EMI 4:36