Mull of Kintyre Song

“Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea…”

That’s right, the world famous song, Mull of Kintyre, is the very same one! Written by Sir Paul McCartney and Denny Laine, the song went on to become one of the most recognisable the world over. It would be performed by Wings, for whom it would be a Christmas Number One way back in 1977, and was the first single release in the UK to sell over 2 million copies.

Why did Sir Paul McCartney write and sing about the Mull of Kintyre? McCartney has a long association with this area, having owned High Park Farm near the Mull of Kintyre since 1966. McCartney reports how he was living at this farm and was inspired by the local scenery and wilderness, and wrote the song as an expression of his love for the area.

It was not only in the UK that the song enjoyed widespread success. It topped the Australian charts and in a number of other countries – excluding the United States, which has always had a queer taste for music. The song has been covered many times, including by Glen Campbell, Celtic Thunder, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Denny Laine (solo), Cheyenne Kimball, Ashley MacIsaac and adapted for use by Charlton Athletic Football Club.

Here are the song lyrics in full:

“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


Sir Paul McCartney performs “Mull of Kintyre” at a concert in Toronto, Canada.

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 time 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 to where my memories remain
Flickering embers growing higher and higher
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.”

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