Paul McCartney

Wanderlust

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Although not obvious, "Wanderlust" is directly about Paul McCartney's 1979 marijuana bust in Japan. Without going into any specifics, the song references McCartney's thoughts on the stupidity of the herb being illegal, being tipped off by the ship's captain, and the general loss of liberty that he was feeling. There is a melancholy to the music and arrangement, which is full without being cluttered. Melodically, there are some eerie similarities to some of the songs on his Red Rose Speedway, which was done following his marijuana arrest in Sweden in the early '70s. This is more likely a coincidence yet makes for even more intriguing listening.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tug of War 1982 Capitol / EMI Records / Alliance 3:49
Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 Capitol 4:07
Pure McCartney 2016 Hear Music / Virgin EMI 3:51