Follow Me

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2005
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2003 (Paul McCartney was 61 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Related interviews


Interview with Gary Crowley

July 2005 • From EMI

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Song facts

Follow Me” is a track from Paul McCartney’s 2005 album “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard“. From an interview of Paul McCartney by Gary Crowley:

Follow Me was one of those songs that kind of almost wrote itself.  You know, sometimes you’re feeling great about your life, not always but you’ve been lucky.  You’re feeling great (plays) and, erm, I actually had done something where I had sung Let It Be and I was thinking, ‘It’s kind of nice having a song like that because it’s kind of quasi-religious but it’s very uplifting, you know’.  ‘There will be an answer, let it be,’ and stuff, you know.  (Plays) It’s in C, a very sort of open key.  (Sings) ‘When I find myself, in times of trouble,’ so I was sort of messing around in that region and thinking of the same sort of thing, you know.  What is it?  It’s just somebody very important in your life or is it spirits of goodness or whatever it is, something kind of great so it was just like, (sings) ‘You lift up  my spirits, you shine on my song, whenever I’m empty, you make me feel whole, I can rely on you to guide me through any  situation, hold up the sign that reads, Follow Me.’  Come on, boys, everybody in.  It was one of those that just kind of wrote itself once you got there.  It was like you do this, you’re great, you just give me direction, it just inspired.

Paul McCartney – 2005 UK promotional-only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1

Last updated on January 12, 2021

Lyrics

You lift up my spirits
You shine on my soul
Whenever I'm empty
You make me feel whole
I can rely on you
To guide me through
Any situation
You hold up a sign that reads, follow me

You give me direction
You show me the way
You give me a reason
To face every day
I can depend on you
To send me to
Any destination
You hold up a sign that reads, follow me, follow me

Down the track of loneliness
Down the path of love
Through the woods of heartache to the end
On the shores of sorrow
Where the waves of hope crash in
The perfect place for me to find a friend

You lead to places
That I've never been
Uncovering secrets
That I've never seen
I can rely on you
To guide me through
Any situation
You hold up a sign that reads
Follow me, follow me,
Follow me, follow me,
Follow me, follow me
Follow me, follow me

Officially appears on


Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (Special Edition)

Official album

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Block, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Block, Percussion, Tambourine
Brian Ray :
Acoustic guitar
Millennia Ensemble :
Strings
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Joby Talbot :
Orchestra conductor, String arrangement
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
September 2003
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Block, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Block, Percussion, Tambourine
Brian Ray :
Acoustic guitar
Millennia Ensemble :
Strings
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Joby Talbot :
Orchestra conductor, String arrangement
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
September 2003
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Japanese edition)

Official album • Released in 2005

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Block, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Block, Percussion, Tambourine
Brian Ray :
Acoustic guitar
Millennia Ensemble :
Strings
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Joby Talbot :
Orchestra conductor, String arrangement
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
September 2003
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Limited Edition - Gold LP)

Official album • Released in 2018

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Block, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Acoustic guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Block, Percussion, Tambourine
Brian Ray :
Acoustic guitar
Millennia Ensemble :
Strings
Nigel Godrich :
Producer
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Joby Talbot :
Orchestra conductor, String arrangement
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
September 2003
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
April 2005
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


Acoustic

Unofficial album

2:43 • Outtake


Gothenburg Soundcheck

Unofficial live

4:01 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on Jun 12, 2004


Live In Iowa 2005

Unofficial live

3:43 • Live

Concert From the concert in Des Moines, USA on Oct 27, 2005



Together On Stage 2004

Unofficial live • Released in 2004

3:18 • Live

Concert From "4th Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala" in Los Angeles, USA on Oct 15, 2004


Live performances

“Follow Me” has been played in 34 concerts.

Latest concerts where Follow Me has been played







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