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Released in 2018

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

Written by Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney

Last updated on May 25, 2020

Album This song officially appears on the Red Rose Speedway - Archive Collection Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 2018

Timeline This song was written, or began to be written, in 1972, when Paul McCartney was 30 years old)

Related sessions

This song was recorded during the following studio sessions:

Other message songs to John Lennon

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.

Officially appears on


Live performances

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

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

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