The Paul McCartney Project

How Kind of You

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 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):

Track 2 is How Kind of You. Interesting choice of words….

It’s something I’ve done for a long time but recently I’ve started to notice more perhaps, like how some people talk, what phrases they use and I’ve got a couple of sort of older posh English friends who instead of saying, ‘That’s very nice of you,’ or ‘Thanks a lot,’ where I come from –  they might say, ‘How kind of you,’ and, you know, so I just started with that phrase and this whole idea, ‘How kind of you to think of me when I was out of sorts,’ instead of, ‘Thanks very much for thinking of me when I wasn’t feeling too good,’ which is just an ordinary way of saying it.  I just liked this slightly sort of elegant language; so I was just imagining it from the point of view of somebody like that, writing a thank you letter, ‘How kind of you to think of me.  It was very nice…’ and so and so, and so and so.  It wasn’t particularly about anything, just playing with that language thing and then trying to put the tune a bit more rock and roll, pop, to set it against it, so it kind of wrote itself that one, coming off the phrase, ‘How kind of you.’

Was How Kind of You fully ready when you started recording, or did it develop in the studio?

It did develop in the studio.  That was one that I brought in as a kind of, I can’t remember what key it’s in, (sings) ‘How kind of you to think of me, when I was out of sorts,’ but then what we did it was just like a drone and a sort of harmonium thing  (sings) ‘how kind of you to think of me.’  Just put it in a kind of limbo land, like an Indian piece, (sings) ‘When I was out of sorts,’ so that changed its nature putting like a harmonium thing in there with it so it became like an Indian continent and then this pop song sitting on the top of it and then brought in some drums about half way and bass on a kind of Sixties kind of vibe, almost reminds me of The Doors or somebody this funny little, kind of two beat funny little thing on the drums, but, yeah, that changed quite a bit in the  studio.

Last updated on December 3, 2014

Lyrics

How kind of you to think of me
When I was out of sorts
It really meant a lot to be
In someone else's thoughts
Someone else's mind
Someone else as kind, as you

The thoughtfulness you showed has made
A difference in my life
I won't forget how unafraid
You were that long dark night
I thought that all was lost
I thought I'd never find
A someone quite as kind, as you

I thought my faith had gone
I thought there couldn't be
A someone who was there, for me

How kind of you to stick by me
During the final bout
And listen to the referee
As I was counted out
I thought my time was up
I thought I'd never find
A someone quite as kind, as you

I thought my faith had gone
I thought there couldn't be
A someone who was there, for me

How kind of you to think of me
How kind of you

Officially appears on


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Official album • Released in 2005

4:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Cuerrero, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Piano and epiphone acoustic guitar loops, Shaker, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Piano and epiphone acoustic guitar loops, Producer

Recording:
April, 2005
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Bootlegs


Acoustic

Unofficial album

3:42 • Outtake


Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

29:19 • Live

Concert From "Front Row, BBC Radio 4" in , United Kingdom on Aug 29, 2005


Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 3

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

5:04 • Radio show

Recording:
Jul 28, 2005
Studio:
Abbey Road Studio 2


Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 8

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

0:30 • Studio version


Chronicles in the Backyard Disc 10

Unofficial album • Released in 2006

0:30 • TV show


Live performances

“How Kind of You” has been played in 3 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “How Kind of You” has been played


Front Row, BBC Radio 4

Aug 29, 2005 • United Kingdom • 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


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