The Paul McCartney Project

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
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 2005 (Paul McCartney was 63 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Related interviews


He Can Work It Out

October 2005 • From Bass Player


Interview with Gary Crowley

July 2005 • From EMI

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

Song facts

Friends To Go” is a track from Paul McCartney’s 2005 album “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard“.

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 McCartney by Gary Crowley:

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.

Paul McCartney – from 2005 UK promotional-only interview CD, recorded July 2005 at Air Studios in London

Last updated on January 17, 2021

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 (Special Edition)

Official album

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
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
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

2:43 • 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
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
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

2:43 • 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
Darrell Thorp :
Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat :
Production assistant

Session Recording:
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

2:55 • 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 4 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


Zane Lowe Interviews McCartney

Sep 12, 2005 • • Radio 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


Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.