Sir Paul McCartney is a living legend. He’s spent 50 years on the music scene pumping out a seemingly endless stream of hit songs, whether it be as a member of the Beatles (perhaps you’ve heard of them) or as a solo artist.
Oftentimes, McCartney has taken chances in the recording studio that have paid off well, such as the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album or, more recently, his unlikely collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West on the chart-topping single “Fourfive Seconds.”
Every time it seems that fans know what to expect of the singer, he does the unexpected and catches his audience by surprise.
One such example is his 1980 album McCartney II, which relied on synthesizers and experimentation in the studio to create an electronic sound unlike anything he’d done before. Due to its eccentric natures, the album received mixed reviews despite climbing quickly to number one in the UK and number three in the US. Upon its remaster in 2011, several bonus tracks were included in the album, including one titled “All You Horse Riders.”
The track, embedded below, is a bouncy three-minute song in which McCartney simply exclaims vaguely equestrian phrases over an infectious beat. The lyrics include such helpful tips as, “take your reins in your hand now” and “slow down, whoa, whoa.” Listen for yourself:
It’s worth noting that Paul McCartney does have some knowledge and experience when it comes to riding horses. In 1969, as the Beatles were going through what can only be described as an acrimonious break up, McCartney and his wife, Linda, relocated from London to their farm in Scotland, where they kept a pair of Appaloosa horses.
Linda had spent most of her life riding and had won her share of competitions by the age of 13. Through her, McCartney developed a love of riding and of horses that he maintains to this day, as evidenced by his ownership of an Appaloosa by the name of Moonstar. Paul McCartney, as it turns out, has a ticket to ride after all.
Paul McCartney, as it turns out, has a ticket to ride after all.