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From A Lover To A Friend

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 Wikipedia:

From a Lover to a Friend” is a song by Paul McCartney, featured on his 2001 album Driving Rain. It was released as a single and spent two weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #45. It also reached #6 on the Canadian Singles Chart. In the U.S. it became the b-side to his single “Freedom” and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Critics saw the song as a ballad in which McCartney tries to come to terms with the death of his wife Linda, singing “let me love again“; McCartney, however, was less certain whom the song was about in an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show. The Guardian called it a “masterpiece… so delicate and honest that it sounds pretty much perfect.

From a Lover to a Friend” was recorded on 27 February 2001 with Paul playing bass and piano, Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing drums, Rusty Anderson on 12-string electric guitar, and Gabe Dixon on piano.

From a November 2001 interview:

‘From A Lover To A Friend’ was a patchwork of a couple of bits I’d had, which I liked but I didn’t think I’d finished up the songs. That turned out to be a good thing because I got together with my man Eddie at my studio in England and we were going through these demos; I’d liked this bit and liked that bit and we just stitched together a couple of bits that weren’t meant to go together but they just felt like they would go together. Interestingly for me, just to make one or two cuts work for the edit and not chop into the vocal, I had to add a strange extra bar in, so the collage had some odd bars – instead of it all being 4:4, it was like 5:4 in places or 2:4, which was something I like. And when I played the demo to the guys everyone was all very keen on faithfully following all those little 5:4 bars, just to give it a different musical structure. The other thing about the demo was that part of it was a rather, shall we say tired late-night demo, a bit out-of-it demo, but it had a very intimate quality in the voice and so I tried to keep that and not clean up the record so much that I’d lose that lazy late-nightness.

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

I had some words on this demo that didn’t make any sense. So I suddenly decided that they did, and just stuck to them. And it’s my favourite track. I began to realise, this is actually a cool idea. Who says words have to make sense? Certainly not poets. There is this thing called surrealism and many of us love it. […] I seriously have no idea what that’s about. Written very late at night, a rather drunken demo, that was. And there’s lyrics in it that aren’t lyrics: ‘Despite too easy ride to see’ is my favourite line.

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

And when the time comes around
We will be duty bound
To tell the truth of what we've seen
And what we haven't found
Will not be going down
Despite too easy ride to see

From a lover to a friend
Take your own advice
Let me love again
Now that you turned out to be
Someone I can trust
Someone I believe

Ohh la la la
How can I walk when I can't find a way
I'm in a dilemma
All I want is to tell me
You're going to take it away

From a lover to a friend
Take your own advice
Let me love again
Now that you turned out to be
Someone I can trust
Someone I believe

And what we haven't found
Will not be going down
Despite too easy ride to see

From a lover to a friend
You turned out to be
Someone I believe

From a lover to a friend
Take your own advice
Let me love again

Ohh la la la
How can I walk when I can't find a way
I'm in a dilemma
All I want is to tell me
You're going to take it away

From a lover to a friend
From a lover to a friend
From a lover to a friend
Let me love again

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

3:49 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


From A Lover To A Friend

CD Single • Released in 2001

3:49 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


From A Lover To A Friend

CD Single • Released in 2001

3:44 • Studio versionB • David Kahne Remix 1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Producer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


From A Lover To A Friend

CD Single • Released in 2001

5:27 • Studio versionC • David Kahne Remix 2

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Producer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Freedom

CD Single • Released in 2001

3:49 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Freedom

CD Single • Released in 2001

5:27 • Studio versionC • David Kahne remix 2

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Producer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

4:53 • Alternate take • From a Lover to a Friend original backing track



Driving Rain... In The New Century

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

3:42 • Studio versionB • Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles, Paul on piano, Hofner bass and vocals, Abe Laboriel Jnr. on drums, Rusty Anderson on 12-string electric guitar with a capo on the 1st fret, Gabe Dixon on piano, Dave Kahne remixed the song twice for the "From A Lover To A Friend" CD single, released 01-10-29. This is Dave Kahne remix #1.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Producer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Driving Rain... In The New Century

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

5:24 • Studio versionC • Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles, Paul on piano, Hofner bass and vocals, Abe Laboriel Jnr. on drums, Rusty Anderson on 12-string electric guitar with a capo on the 1st fret, Gabe Dixon on piano, Dave Kahne remixed the song twice for the "From A Lover To A Friend" CD single, released 01-10-29. This is Dave Kahne remix #2.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Producer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Driving Rain... In The New Century

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

1:00 • Rehearsal • Excerpt snippet from www.paulmccartney.com. Rehearsal.

Recording:
Sep 18, 2001


Live performances

“From A Lover To A Friend” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “From A Lover To A Friend” has been played


The Concert For New York City

Oct 20, 2001 • USA • New York • Madison Square Garden


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