The Paul McCartney Project

Find My Way

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

Related interviews



Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat

Dec 23, 2020 • From Reddit


Interview for The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

Dec 21, 2020 • From BBC Radio 2


"McCartney III" Twitter Listening Party

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Interview for the Zane Lowe Show

Dec 21, 2020 • From Apple Music 1


Idris Elba meets Paul McCartney

Dec 19, 2020 • From BBC One



Paul McCartney on the Adam Buxton Podcast

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Song facts

Find My Way” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“. While there was no formal single released, “Find My Way” had a single-like treatment, with stickers “Featuring Find My Way” added to the “McCartney III” LPs and CDs, and a promotional video directed by Roman Coppola.

Paul had a lot of fun working on this track in his home studio. He had recorded two different drum tracks, and added two different bass parts. Paul then recorded a number of guitar parts onto a Brenell 1/4″ reel-to-reel tape machine, capturing some at different tape speeds. These guitar loops were then arranged and layered into the track.

From Spotify Storyline. Storyline is a feature of Spotify that gives behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs, presented with a carousel of cards featuring a combination of text and images.

On “Find My Way”, you say, “You never used to be / Afraid of days like these / But now you’re overwhelmed / By your
anxieties”…

That was written at the beginning of lockdown. It was a very scary time. Other scares we’ve had – SARS, avian flu – they seemed to happen to other people. But this was happening to everyone, people you knew, everyone in the world. Some of my friends, some people I knew were close to going under with it.

Paul McCartney, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

I was thinking about people who worry more than I do. And I know one or two people which are just kind-of worried about life. And it’s not that I don’t, it’s just that I deal with those worries and think “No, it’s ok, there’s a way out of this” and I can generally find some optimistic exit from a bad situation. But there are some people who do get overwhelmed with it. So I think I was adressing those people and thinking “you never used to be so anxious but now you are, so let me be your guide, let me help you, to find the love that is inside you” it just felt like a natural thing to say. So that’s what it’s about. The rest of the song is me saying “I can find my way, I know my left and right”

Paul McCartney, interview with The Adam Buxton Podcast, December 11, 2020

Idris Elba: Have you ever written verses that you’ve listened to and you’re gonna I’m not interested in that and redone the whole thing?

Paul: Yeah, one of the songs I’d forgotten that happened with this song, it’s called “Find My Way”. And I had the chorus “I can find my way, I know my left from right. No, I don’t get lost at night”. So that was like a positive. You know, “I can do it” type-of verse. And then I had some rubbish stuff about going on holiday with someone and it didn’t work out. And she left and it was like… it was terrible. And so I came back and wipe it all that bit and put another middle int it, which is better.

Paul McCartney, interview with Idris Elba for BBC1, December 19, 2020

I started this on the piano and it was based on an idea that I’d had in the car, and I was listening to music and there was a beat on the radio that I liked, so I just started singing along with it but making up my own words and tune. So that was started in the car, then I wrote it when I got home on the piano, and took it into the studio and it actually had a whole other idea for the verses which I didn’t like, so I eventually put in a new idea which is the middle now, [sings] “you never used to be afraid of days like these”. So I think that was much better than the original idea.

Paul McCartney, from NME, December 23, 2020

For Find My Way we used a quarter-inch Brenell tape machine. It’s got a speaker built into it, Paul will record a lick into it, and then we’ll play it back at different speeds through the speaker. We’ve got a tape loop set up with a tape reel the lid of a coffee can so you get a continuous loop. It’s got a sound-on-sound mode where it lifts the tape away from the record head so you can have a couple of different sounds playing at the same time. Then when you put it into playback mode you can play it at different speeds and get different octaves. We’ll record that into Pro Tools and edit them up.

Steve Orchard, from interview with MusicRadar, December 2020

There’s Moog bass on Deep Down, and also on Find My Way the bass switches between the Hofner and the Moog, sort of intersecting in different sections of the song. We use the Moog a fair bit.

Steve Orchard, from interview with MusicRadar, December 2020
From Universal Music – Calling all musicians – McCartney III is almost here! Teasers are popping up in cities across the globe, sharing excerpts of the sheet music from each song.We would love to see your takes on each song. Join in the fun by recording your own version! – In Los Angeles, next to the Capitol Studios
From Twitter – “I used my Mustel Harmonium which was from Abbey Road on this”
Screenshot of Spotify Storyline

Last updated on January 10, 2021

Lyrics

VERSE 1
Well I can find my way
I know my left from right
Because we never close
I’m open day and night

VERSE 2
I know my way around
I walk towards the light
I’m open round the clock
I don’t get lost at night

MIDDLE
You never used to be
Afraid of days like these
But now you’re overwhelmed
By your anxieties
Let me help you out
Let me be your guide
I can help you reach
The love you feel inside

[Repeat verse 1]
[Repeat middle]
[Repeat verse 2]
[Repeat middle]

I know my way around
I walk towards the light
I’m open round the clock
I don’t get lost at night

Variations


A Album version

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Blue Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Red Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition White Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Yellow Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Smoky Tint Cassette)

Cassette • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Green cover, CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Exclusive Orange LP)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Films


Find My Way

2020 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Roman Coppola


Find My Way (Lyric video)

2020 • For Paul McCartney

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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