|Listen to What the Man Said|
Single by Wings from the album Venus and Mars
B-side "Love in Song"
Released 16 May 1975
Format 7" single
"Listen to What the Man Said" is a hit single from Wings' 1975 album Venus and Mars. The song featured new member Joe English on drums, with guest musicians Dave Mason on guitar and Tom Scott on soprano saxophone.
It was a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US; as well, it reached #1 in Canada on the RPM National Top Singles Chart. It also reached #6 in the UK, and reached the top ten in Norway and New Zealand and the top twenty in the Netherlands. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.
"Listen to What the Man Said" was recorded in early 1975 by Wings during their New Orleans sessions for Venus and Mars. It was a song which McCartney had high hopes for, but early recordings didn't seem to live up to the song's potential. After Mason added guitar overdubs, the band was still dissatisfied.
However, once Scott recorded the sax solo, the band was satisfied. Although several takes of the solo were recorded, the very first take was the one that was used.
The song is an optimistic love song. Even though love may be blind or may cause separated lovers to suffer, the singer believes that love will prevail.
This is in accordance with what “the man” said. “The man” is not explicitly identified, but might be God. Author Vincent Benitez believes that "McCartney is advising everyone to stick with the basics of life, which for him means focusing on love." The song is in the key of G major, although the key is not established until the chorus.