The Paul McCartney Project

I Do

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 a November 2001 interview:

‘I Do’ was the third of the India songs. It was one of those ‘if you only knew’ songs, like just talking to someone; ‘if you only knew, that it’s OK from my side’. It’s like a communicative statement to someone – ‘whatever you think at any given time, remember this – I do’. Like I may be goofing off but essentially I wrote this song to say it’s OK. That was another afternoon in Goa song; my three little Goaers. As I said I started singing it low but then, as a vocal trick to kick the song along in the second verse, I found I could actually easily lift it an octave and a nice little moment happened that I like on this song, when I’m catching my breath in order to go up the octave. It’s a little signature thing that happened which I didn’t mean to happen, but it’s good that there are those little accidents. And then David Kahne put an arrangement on from his trusty bank of sounds; he’s got like 24,000 sounds in his bank – he’s got string sounds that can be the bow going one way or the bow going the other way. 

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

If you only knew
How much it meant to me
You'd understand
And I would feel
Your love was true
This is all I want
This is all I need
This is all I long for, I do

Just remember this
After a time it's through
And evermore
Will there be days
For me and you
This is all I ask
All I ask of you
Please remember darling, I do
Love you

Days go by so quickly
When you're having fun
But life is never easy
Even in the sun

Please remember this
After a time it's through
And evermore
Will there be days
For me and you

This is all I want
This is all I need
Darling please remember, I do
Love you

If you only knew

Officially appears on


Driving Rain

Official album • Released in 2001

2:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Tambourine
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Orchestral samples, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer
David Leonard:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Bootlegs


Driving Rain - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Tambourine
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Orchestral samples, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer
David Leonard:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


Give Us That Knowing Wink - Official Rarities - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

0:56 • Studio version • Snippet

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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