Its the conclusion of Ram week, a jolly excursion if there ever was one, and I’m drawing the final curtain with “Heart of the Country.” This song is one of those perfect folk/blues/country acoustic ballads that Paul McCartney had no trouble pulling out of his pants. It sounds like an outtake from the “White Album,” which is to say that its so good that it could have easily fit on that classic Beatles record. The song is about the search for happiness by way of pastoral living coming from one of the most well traveled superstars in the world. This sort of song is the reason that Paul McCartney is really beloved. He gets a lot of crap for being the commercial Beatle, but in reality, he was just as down to earth as any of the Beatles, which of course is true because the Beatles would have been nowhere near as successful if they hadn’t possessed that quality in spades. They are authentic people, and this is an authentic song. Much like John Lennon proclaimed that George Harrison’s “Within You, Without You,” was George at his “most clear and direct,” I feel that this song falls in the same category. Paul was finding genuine joy getting out of London, buying a farmhouse, getting some animals, and having to just tell everybody about this simple pleasure. Its a great tune from a great album, and I hope you enjoy it as much as me. Ram on….