Song facts: Wild Honey Pie
On August 20th 1968, Paul McCartney recorded Wild Honey Pie, a short song intended for the Beatles' forthcoming White Album.
Paul was the sole performer on the track. John and Ringo were busy working on something else, and George was in Greece. During the White Album sessions the band often recorded songs separately.
Wild Honey Pie might have been excluded from the White Album but Pattie Boyd expressed a fondness for the song, so they left it in.
"We were in an experimental mode, and so I said, 'Can I just make something up?' I started off with the guitar and did a multitracking experiment in the control room or maybe in the little room next door. It was very home-made; it wasn't a big production at all. I just made up this short piece and I multitracked a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and a harmony to that, and built it up sculpturally with a lot of vibrato on the strings, really pulling the strings madly. Hence, 'Wild Honey Pie', which was a reference to the other song I had written called Honey Pie. It was a little experimental piece."