EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Wand’rin’ Star’ – Lee Marvin

What was the number one song in the UK on 7th March 1970?

American actor Lee Marvin, reach the top of the charts with Wand’rin’ Star for 3 weeks.

Wand’rin’ Star is from the film version of the musical Paint Your Wagon. I mean, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this. Marvin’s voice is incredibly deep and gruff. At times, it seems like he’s barely singing and is just mumbling along. As I was listening to it, his voice reminded me of Shane McGowan’s and perfectly McGowan did indeed cover it in 1997. The main thing that I’m reeling from as I listen to this, is that it kept the Beatles from number one with their final single Let It Be. The mind boggles.

Lyrics

I was born under a wandrin’ star
I was born under a wandrin’ star
Wheels are made for rollin’
Mules are made to pack
I’ve never seen a sight that didn’t look better looking backI was born under a wandrin’ star
Mud can make you prisoner, and the plains can bake you dry
Snow can burn your eyes, but only people make you cry
Home is made for comin’ from, for dreams of goin’ to
Which with any luck will never come true
I was born under a wandrin’ star
I was born under a wandrin’ starDo I know where hell is?
Hell is in hello
Heaven is goodbye for ever, it’s time for me to go
I was born under a wandrin’ star
A wandrin’ wandrin’ starWhen I get to heaven tie me to a tree
Or I’ll begin to roam, and soon you know where I will be
I was born under a wandrin’ star
A wandrin’ wandrin’ star

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