Album/CD: Flaming Pie
Artist: Paul McCartney
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 4:36
Paul McCartney: lead vocal, drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar
Steve Miller: harmony vocal, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Writer: Paul McCartney
Producer: Paul McCartney
Engineers: Geoff Emerick/Jon Jacobs, assisted by Keith Smith
Studio location: Sussex, England
Recording began 11 May 1995
Having renewed their friendship - and musical kinship - working on 'Young Boy', Paul and Steve Miller combined again, in similar fashion, with 'If You Wanna'. The song was already a couple of years old at the point of recording, having been composed when Paul McCartney's New World Tour reached Minneapolis, and a day off, in May 1993, which resulted in numerous hours inside a skyscraper hotel room that extended its head into the clouds. Inspired by being in (still then The Artist Known As) Prince's home city, Paul sat with a guitar and wrote a "driving across America" song.
" I wanted to write something that would reflect America, for when you're driving across the desert on that big road with the flat horizon. I'll take you for a ride in my Cadillac... I'll take you to The Coast for a holiday... When they say The Coast, they don't mean Blackpool. "