The Paul McCartney Project

Driving Rain

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Driving Rain Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2001
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From a November 2001 interview:

‘Driving Rain’ was written out here in Los Angeles – there was a lot of rain out here in February and so on our day off we went off for a drive in this little Corvette that I hired, we drove off up the Pacific Coast Highway and went on up to Malibu and had a bit of lunch. In the evening, feeling great after a nice day out, I was sitting around at the piano and I just started writing something half-based on the day out. People say ‘how do you get your creativity?’ and I think the answer is that you just have to be open to stuff. It’s like a photographer; Linda could see a great photograph just because the light was right or it was an unusual object, or somebody’s face was relaxed, Jimi Hendrix yawning – she’d snap it, whereas somebody else might wait for him to stop yawning. For me it’s the same thing; I’m always on the look out for just interesting stuff, either visually or musically or lyrically. The funny thing about the song ‘Driving Rain’ was that the alarm system in the house we were renting in Los Angeles was always on. There was a little electrical, LED box on the wall and it always said ‘Something’s Open’. I thought what the fuck good is that? And no matter if you shut every window and door in the whole bloody place, this alarm always said ‘Something’s Open’. Not very reassuring, but in the end I thought fuck it – and I took the words into a song; I thought, right, ‘Something’s open – it’s my heart’. I just used is as an opening line of ‘Driving Rain.’ So in that case the creativity came from this junk of an alarm. – Paul McCartney, 2001

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Let's go there and back again

Something's open it's my heart
If something's missing it's when we're apart
If something's good it's when we're back
together again

Nothing's wrong it's just insane
Nothing's right until you're back again
Nothing's broken when it's softly spoken and
We're walking slowly down the lane

Why don't we drive in the rain
Straight to the eye of the hurricane
Go for a ride in the driving rain

12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Ooh Ooh
12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Let's go there and back again
Baby baby

You come walking through my door
Like the one that I've been waiting for
Letting sunshine in the darkest places when
I've been going there again

So why don't we drive in the rain
Straight to the eye of the hurricane

Why don't we drive in the rain
Straight to the eye of the hurricane
Go for a ride in the driving rain

12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Ooh Ooh
12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Let's go there and back again
Baby baby

In the driving rain
Why don't we drive
In the driving rain

12345 Ooh Ooh
678910 Let's go back again
12345 Let's go for a drive
678910 Let's go there and back again

You come walking through my door
Like the one I've been waiting for

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

3:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

3:11 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Chicago, USA on Apr 11, 2002


Back In The World

Official live • Released in 2003

3:11 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Chicago, USA on Apr 11, 2002


Motor Of Love

Official album • Released in 2005

3:24 • Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

11:42 • Rehearsal • LA rehearsal 6/14/01



MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

0:12 • Studio version • Piano demonstration (11/01)


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.27

Unofficial album

3:35 • Studio version



Live performances

“Driving Rain” has been played in 62 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Driving Rain” has been played






Osaka • Osaka Dome

Nov 18, 2002 • Part of Driving Japan Tour



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