Come On To Me

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the I Don't Know / Come On To Me Streaming.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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Dec 23, 2020 • From Reddit



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Song facts

Come On To Me” is a song written by Paul McCartney, and released alongside “I Don’t Know” as a Double-A single in June 2018, ahead of the release of McCartney’s 2018 “Egypt Station” album. From the press release:

Following a whirlwind week that saw his Instagram presence rebooted as he played one of the most intimate gigs of his storied career, Paul McCartney is done keeping the world in suspense: ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come On To Me’, will be released tomorrow as a double A-Side single.

The first tastes of Paul’s brand new studio album due out later this year on Capitol Records, the two A-sides are polar opposites: ‘I Don’t Know’ being a plaintive, soul-soothing ballad as only Paul can deliver, and ‘Come On To Me’ a raucous stomper that fans that first spark of chemistry into a rocking blaze.

Worldwide speculation about a new Paul McCartney album instantly reached fever pitch as his Instagram account whited out last week—only to ratchet higher as Paul was spotted taking selfies at landmarks in Liverpool the same day. The evening’s climactic event was a surprise gig at the tiny Liverpool Philharmonic Pub, during which ‘Come On To Me’ made its live debut alongside a set of classics spanning Paul’s career.

From “Words Between The Tracks” YouTube series:

“Come On To Me” is sort of a pick-up song, and I’m imagining myself, probably in the sixties, going to a party and seeing someone and thinking “oh okay, how do I make an approach here?”. So it’s a sort of, it’s an imaginary song, a fantasy song about a guy seeing someone and thinking “we should try and find a place to be alone here, and maybe exchange information and stuff, and hey you look like you flashed a smile and said to me you wanted so much more than casual conversation. So would you come on to me, or am I going to come on to you?

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney interviewed for Sodajerker podcast, 2018:

Come On To Me, was another one that held up great with the older stuff at the Abbey Road gig, it’s another kind of spicy lyric, that one, isn’t it?

Yeah, I mean, let’s face it, we all have these thoughts and for me, I often remember, occasions and places where it was, and to me, that’s straight out of the sixties. Some of the parties in the sixties, where you’d see a beautiful girl and she’d just give you a sort of look and you’d go, ‘oh, I’m on, I’m on or whatever,’ you know, and we all know about that! So it just seemed like a good subject for a song and then once I got the idea – I saw you flash a smile, seemed to me to say you wanted so much more than casual conversation – and I was off. That was sort of how it happened in the sixties at the parties, it’s just an imaginary thing and I write a lot of those, like, little mini novels or little short stories based on something I’ve seen or thought or done.

Paul McCartney

McCartney’s first live performance of “Come On to Me” was at a surprise intimate show at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Dining Rooms on 9 June 2018, as part of the taping of his “Carpool Karaoke” segment for The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Three music videos showing three different characters, working the night shift and dancing on the song “Come On To Me”, were produced, and finally mixed together into a fourth version. All those videos were released in October 2018.

From Twitter – ‘Come On To Me’ #EgyptStation #PaulMcCartney
Each track of “Egypt Station” has been given individual artwork that was first published on Twitter on August 14, 2018

Last updated on March 27, 2021

Lyrics

I saw you flash a smile
That seemed to me to say
You wanted so much more
Than casual conversation

I swear I caught a look
Before you turned away
Now I don't see the point
Resisting your temptation

Did you come on to me
Will I come home to you
If you come on to me
Well I'll come on to you

I don't think I can wait
Like I'm supposed to do
How soon can we arrange
A formal introduction

We need to find a place
Where we can be alone
To spend some special time
Without an interruption

If you come on to me
Will I come on to you
If you come on to me
Well I'll come on to you

Before you grab your coat, I'll try to be discreet
You know we can't be seen
Exchanging information

I saw you flash a smile
That seemed to me to say
You wanted so much more
Than casual conversation

If you come on to me
Then I'll come on to you
If you come on to me
Then I'll come on to you

Yes I will, yes I will, yes I will now
Yes I will, yes I will, yes I will now

If you come on to me
Then I'll come on to you
If you come on to me
Then I'll come on to you

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Variations


A Original version

A1 Radio edit

L1 Live at Abbey Road Studios

Officially appears on


Egypt Station (Limited Orange & Blue LP)

Official album

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station

Official album • Released in 2018

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


I Don't Know / Come On To Me

Streaming • Released in 2018

4:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Come On To Me

CD Single • Released in 2018

3:17 • Studio versionA1 • Radio edit

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Come On To Me

CD Single • Released in 2018

4:10 • Studio versionA • Original version

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Deluxe edition)

Official album • Released in 2018

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles



I Don't Know / Come On To Me (RSD exclusive)

7" Single • Released in 2018

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Limited Red LP)

Official album • Released in 2018

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Egypt Station (Limited Green Spotify LP)

Official album • Released in 2018

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Claps, Co-producer, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Mrs mills piano, Tom toms, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Hammond, Synth strings
Brian Ray :
Bass, Electric sitar
Keith Smith :
Engineering assistant
Greg Phillinganes :
Piano
Greg Kurstin :
Electric guitar, Engineering, Percussion, Producer
Steve Orchard :
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham :
Engineering assistant
Mark 'Spike' Stent :
Mixing
Michael Freeman :
Mixing assistant
Alex Pasco :
Engineering
Julian Burg :
Engineering
Matt Tuggle :
Engineering assistant
Collin Kadlec :
Engineering assistant
Brad Giroux :
Engineering assistant
Paul Pritchard :
Engineering assistant
Derek Stockwell :
Mixing assistant
Tim Loo :
Cello
Doug Moffet :
Soprano sax
Steve Herrman :
Trumpet
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone :
Tenor sax
Charles Rose :
Trombone
Jim Hoke :
Baritone sax

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Session Recording:
2016-2018 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Late 2017 ?
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio :
Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles


Films


Come On To Me

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington


Come On To Me (Lyric Video)

2018 • For Paul McCartney


Come On To Me (Team Ali)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington


Come On To Me (Team Elsa)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington


Come On To Me (Team Fred)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington

Live performances

“Come On To Me” has been played in 45 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where Come On To Me has been played







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T.M. 3 years ago

The chorus lyrics in the "Lyrics" section of this page differ from those shown in the photo of Macca's notes.


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Thanks T.M. Many mistakes in those lyrics - but good news, we now have a detailed view on the deluxe package, with readable lyrics - https://s3.amazonaws.com/broadtime_photo/418459501370 ! I've updated accordingly !


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