The Paul McCartney Project

Best Friend (aka "Why Did You Treat Me So Bad?")

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1972 (Paul McCartney was 30 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Overdubs for Cold Cuts project

September / October 1986

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Song facts

Best Friend” is a song from 1972, recorded live during the Wings European tour in 1972 at the Cine Roma in Antwerp, Belgium, in order to be included on the album “Red Rose Speedway“.

Over the years it was sweetened with acoustic, rhythm and percussion overdubs and even got retitled as “Why Did You Treat Me So Bad?“. It was considered for the aborted Cold Cuts project and was finally officially released in 2011 as part of the Red Rose Speedway Archive Collection.

The song is considered to be a message to John Lennon.

Last updated on May 25, 2020

Officially appears on

Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

LiveL1 • Live In Antwerp

Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

4:04 • LiveL2

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Steve Orchard :
Jeremy Gee :
Recording engineer assistant
Graham Fleming :
Recording engineer assistant

Concert From the concert in Antwerp, Belgium on Aug 22, 1972

Live performances

“Best Friend (aka "Why Did You Treat Me So Bad?")” has been played in 17 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


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