Paul McCartney and Wings – Hi Hi Hi

This is a rocking song from 1971 made it to the top 10 at #10 in the Billboard 100, #5 in Canada, and #5 in the UK. This song got blacklisted and of course, gave it a boost. After singles such as “Mary Had A Little Lamb” this song gave Paul some “cool” teenager credibility about apparently getting high.

In an interview with the October 2010 edition of Mojo magazine, McCartney claimed to be surprised when the BBC blacklisted this song. Said the former Beatle: “Look at Bob Dylan, ‘everybody must get stoned.’ It was like, ‘Ooh, does he mean you get high? Or does he mean getting drunk? So there was that ambiguity and I assumed the same would apply to me.”

From Songfacts

This song was banned by the BBC for what they described as “inappropriate sex and drugs references.” Fair enough – McCartney is singing about getting high, using his “sweet banana” and “doing it” to her! 

McCartney talked about this song in a 2018 interview with GQ. “A lot of people were getting high, so to me it was just like a fantasy song, sort of saying, ‘Hey girl, come on let’s get high,'” he said. “It was just about the times. It’s very much a period piece, but it goes down well.”

McCartney dropped this from his setlists after 1976, but brought it back in 2013 and has played it recurrently ever since. As a grandfather, the song can be a bit embarrassing, so he tweaks it a bit, singing, “Let’s get hi… on life!”

Hi Hi Hi

Well, when I met you at the station 
You were standing with a bootleg in your hand. 
I took you back to my little place 
For a taste of a multicolored band. 
We’re gonna get hi hi hi, 
The night is young. 
She’ll be my funky little mama, 
Gonna rock it and we’ve only just begun. 

We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi 
With the music on. 
Won’t say bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye 
Til the night is gone. 
I’m gonna do it to you, gonna do it, 
Sweet banana, you’ll never give up. 
We’re gettin’ hi, hi, hi, in the midday sun. 

Well well, take off your face, 
Recover from the trip you’ve been on. 
I want to lie on the bed, 
Get you ready for my polygon. 
I’m gonna do it to you, gonna do it, 
Sweet banana, you’ve never been done. 
Yes, I go like a rabbit, gonna grab it, 
Gonna do it ’til the night is done. 

We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi with the music on. 
Won’t say bye,bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye 
Til the night is gone. 
I’m gonna do it to you, gonna do it, 
Sweet banana, you’ll never give up. 
We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi, we’re gonna get hi hi hi, 
We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi, in the midday sun.

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

8 thoughts on “Paul McCartney and Wings – Hi Hi Hi”

      1. Sir Paul had a number of good double sides in the 70s… did you get to see the movie? off topic- have you heard the talk the Dodgers and Pirates are talking Marte? I heard no names from the Dodger side- I would imagine young players.

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      2. Yes I saw it last night …. I was hoping I didn’t give too much away in my other post. It was shorter than I thought it would be…55 minutes… I can see why he didn’t release it in 77-78…it would have been out of date then…It was enjoyable.

        I saw Josh Harrison the other day but I didn’t see Marte. They need some good players after losing Puig and Grandal… that is a lot of production to lose.

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      3. Hopefully they release it on DVD… did it draw much of a crowd?….Marte is signed for a few more seasons- and i don’t think at an big price-{ the Pirates don’t overpay people..}

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      4. I would think it will be out on DVD soon since it is only getting shown at a few places.

        The Dodgers were just shopping Joc Pederson so he could be one of them that might would go. The fans are staying. He is only making 5 million I think. The fans want Harper…they are not getting him. Friedman will not give a contract that long.

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