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Friends To Go

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

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Friends to Go is a song written by Paul McCartney for his 2005 album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. McCartney has said that he thought it was similar to something George Harrison may have composed.

Paul McCartney confessed he was helped by George Harrison’s spirit to write the song and lyrics for ‘Waiting For Your Friends To Go‘, over three years after the Beatles guitarist’s death. McCartney, 63, said he felt Harrison’s spirit when he wrote the song, arguing he’s unsure about the meaning of the lyrics. “The funny thing about it was I felt as if I was almost George Harrison during the writing of that song,” said McCartney. “I just got this feeling, this is George. So it was like I was writing – I was like George – writing one of his songs. So I just wrote it, it just wrote itself very easily ’cause it wasn’t even me writing it.

From an interview of Paul by Gary Crowley (2005 UK promotional only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London ; full interview available on Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 1):

What’s the inspiration behind the next track, Friends to Go?

Funny thing about some songs is when you’re writing them you can think  you’re someone else. I mean when I was doing Long and Winding Road I thought I was Ray Charles. In actual fact my record of it, the Beatles record of it, is nothing like Ray Charles at all. But in my mind I was being him. I was playing Ray. And on Friends to Go I realised I was playing George Harrison. So to me it just started to sound like a George Harrison song. So I was writing with that in the back of my mind, so it was kind of like (sings) ‘I’ve been waiting on the other side for your friends to leave so I don’t have to hide’.

You know that whole sequence I can see George doing it  (Sings) ‘I’ve been waiting on the other side for your friends to go.’  So that was it. You know I was just sat down to write and the feeling of George came over me and I just kept writing it thinking ‘George could have written this’  it was nice. It was like a sort of friendly song to write. And I just kept imagining I was just over by some sort of housing estate, where these people lived, in a sort of block of flats and I was like over the other side over here just watching them and waiting for them to go so I could go in. I don’t  know why, a psychiatrist could probably again have a whale of a time with that one.

Last updated on December 3, 2014

Lyrics

I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to leave so I don't have to hide
I prefer they didn't know
So I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to go

I've been sliding down a slippy slope
I've been climbing up a slowly burning rope
But the flame is getting low
I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to go

You never need to worry about me
I'll be fine on my own
Someone else can worry about me
I've spent a lot of time on my own
I've spent a lot of time on my own

I've been waiting ‘till the danger passed
I don't know how long the storm is going to last
If we're going to carry on
I'll been waiting on the other side
‘till your friends have gone

So tell me what I want to know
I'll be waiting on the other side
For your friends to go

Someone else can worry about me
I've spent a lot of time on my own
I've spent a lot of time on my own

I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to leave so I don't have to hide
I'd prefer they didn't know
So I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to go

I've been waiting on the other side
I've been waiting on the other side
For your friends to go

Officially appears on


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

2:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Hofner bass, Hohner melodica, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Shakers, Tambourine on snare, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
April 2005
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Bootlegs


Acoustic

Unofficial album

2:55 • Outtake


Celebration In Colorado

Unofficial live

3:30 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005


Celebration In Colorado

Unofficial live

1:26 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005


Things We Said In Denver

Unofficial live

3:27 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005


Things We Said In Denver

Unofficial live

1:32 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Denver, USA on Nov 01, 2005


Live performances

“Friends To Go” has been played in 3 concerts and 4 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Friends To Go” has been played


AOL Music Sessions

Sep 15, 2005 • USA • Miami • Hit Factory Studio • TV show


Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road

Jul 28, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios, Studio 2


Sold On Song

Jul 27, 2005 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios • Radio show


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