Wild Honey Pie
- Paul McCartney – vocals, acoustic guitars, drums
Wild Honey Pie is another short tune written by Paul as a "sing-along" in Rishikesh, India. It was released on The Beatles (The White Album). Like Why Don't We Do It In the Road, McCartney sang this song alone, and played all the instruments himself through overdubs. John and Ringo were otherwise engaged with songs for the album, and George had taken off for a quick trip to Greece to relax on Peter Sellers' yacht.
Paul later explained that he was experimenting a bit, trying to see if he could just quickly improvise something. It started out as a short instrumental. Then, he sang a vocal. Then he harmonized with himself once, then again, then again, and then added a heavy vibrato guitar line and drums. The title is derived from an earlier McCartney composition, which he had named Honey Pie. Because George's girlfriend, Pattie Boyd, liked the result, the Beatles agreed to include it in the album.
Recording took place on August 20, 1968 at the end of a longer recording session of Mother Nature's Son. Etcetera, another McCartney song, was recorded in the same session, but never released.