The Paul McCartney Project


Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005

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Song facts

From an interview of Paul by Gary Crowley (2005 UK promotional only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London ; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1):

(Sings) ‘Anyway, anyway,’ yeah, it started off as the (sings) ‘If you need me,’ the little verse thing, (sings) ‘won’t you call me?’ which is just about, ‘If you love me will you call me?’ And  then, you know, it was going quite straightforward and for some reason I was getting this feeling, again, why do you get these feelings?  I don’t know, but I was getting this feeling as if it was the deep south of America, like Charlestown, Savannah, something about the chords, I think.  There was just something reminding me, almost sort of Randy Newman kind of thing, I thought I was doing.  As always it turns out nothing like him but at the time I think I’m doing this thing, so that was going on.  Then I got these other chords that sort of happen half way through the verse which were Oooh, really sort of started to inspire me then.  (Sings) ‘Only love is strong enough to take it on the chin,’ and that started to move it into a slightly other area which then led up to this, (sings) ‘Anyway, anyway, you can make that call.’  So then it was written and took it, recorded it in Los Angeles and then got our string arranger out there, we use two string people, one’s David Campbell, happens to be Beck’s dad, or Beck happens to be his son, and then we use a guy, Joby Talbot, over here who’s very good too, he’s our English guy, and took it to David and we did a little string arrangement on it and so that kind of sewed it all up, you know, and it was sort of a ballad Anyway.

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

‘Anyway’ was a little song that became a bigger song. The thoughts in it are quite little, but somehow when you set it down as a song it becomes bigger. And those kind of surprises are what I do music for.

Last updated on October 29, 2016


If you love me, won't you call me
I've been waiting, waiting too long
In my soul is constant yearning
Always singing, singing this song

Only love is strong enough
To take it on the chin
When did I begin, to fall

Anyway, Anyway
You can make, that call
You feel free, to make yourself at home

If we could be, closer longer
That would help me, help me so much
We can cure each other's sorrow
Won't you please, please, please get in touch

If a love is strong enough, it may never end
Why would I pretend, to fall
Anyway, Anyway
You can make, that call
You feel free, to make yourself at home

Anyway, Anyway
Anyway, at all
Anyway that you can make that call

Officially appears on

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

3:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bosendorfer grand piano, Cello, Gibson l5 electric guitar, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Moog, Steinway grand piano, Vocals.
Millennia Ensemble :
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich :

Recording :
November 2004 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio :
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles



Unofficial album

3:50 • Outtake

Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

3:58 • Radio show

Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

3:49 • Studio version • Instrumental version

Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

0:00 • Live

Concert From "Front Row, BBC Radio 4" in , United Kingdom on Aug 29, 2005

Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:51 • Studio version • [instrumental]

Live performances

“Anyway” has been played in 2 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where has been played

Front Row, BBC Radio 4

Aug 29, 2005 • United Kingdom • Radio show

Sold On Song

Jul 27, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios • Radio show


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