The Paul McCartney Project

On My Way To Work

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the New Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2013

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Song facts

From paulmccartney.com, April 11, 2018:

[…] ‘On My Way To Work’ sees Paul reminiscing about his time working with Speedy Prompt Delivery in Liverpool. In 2013, around the time of the original release of NEW, Paul spoke with Observer journalist Miranda Sawyer about the song:

“That’s all remembrances from Liverpool. The bus, top deck, me going to work… The specific work I was thinking of was my first job, as a second man on a lorry. The second man helps the driver unload when you get to the destination; the driver is the first man. He was very nice, my first man, because I was always knackered, and he would let me sleep. I would help load up the lorry, then get in and just sleep until we got half an hour from the destination, when he’d wake me up: ‘Oi, look lively!’ 

“So, that was one of my jobs. I was also a coil winder in a factory. But there was always the bus involved to get there, you know; nobody had a car. Big green buses, always the upper deck, for a ciggie, getting to work, clocking on…”

Produced by Giles Martin, ‘On My Way To Work’ has a winsome and warm sound courtesy of a twelve-string acoustic, mixing modern production, harmonies doubling in thirds with melodica, nostalgic guitar arpeggios and a slide guitar riff. It also features what we understand to be one of Johnny Depp’s favourite lines, where Paul name-checks the town of Chichester. […]

Last updated on April 17, 2018

Lyrics

On my way to work
I rode a big green bus
I could see everything
From the upper deck
People came and went
Smoking cigarettes
I picked the packets up
When the people left

But all the time I thought of you
How far away the future seemed
How could I have so many dreams
And one of them not come true

On my way to work
I bought a magazine
Inside a pretty girl
Liked to water ski
She came from Chichester
To study history
She had removed her clothes
For the likes of me

But all the time I thought of you
How would you know that I was there
How could a soul search everywhere
Without knowing what to do

On my way to work
As I was clocking in
I could see everything
How it came to be
People come and go
Smoking cigarettes
I pick the packets up
When the people leave

But all the time I think of you
How far away the future seems
How could I have so many dreams
And one of them not come true

On my way to work
But all the time I thought of you
How would you know that I was there
How could a soul search everywhere
Without knowing what to do

On my way to work
On my way to work

Officially appears on


New

Official album • Released in 2013

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Ciguitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Paul Wickens:
Accordion, Guitar, Piano
Brian Ray:
Guitar
Toby Pitman:
Programming
Cathy Thompson:
Violin
Laura Melhuish:
Violin
Patrick Kiernan:
Violin
Nina Foster:
Violin
Peter Lale:
Viola
Rachel Robson:
Viola
Caroline Dale:
Cello
Katherine Jenkinson:
Cello
Chris Worsey:
Cello
Richard Pryce:
Bass
Steve McManus:
Bass
Giles Martin:
Producer

Studio:
Hog Hill Mill, Abbey Road Studios and Henson Recording Studios


New (Deluxe Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:43 • Studio version


New (Japan Edition)

Official album • Released in 2013

3:43 • Studio version


New (Collector's Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:43 • Studio version


New (2014 Japan Tour Edition)

Official album • Released in 2014

3:43 • Studio version

Bootlegs


Out There Japan Tour 2013

Unofficial live

4:09 • Live

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 18, 2013


Out There TOKYO 1st Nov. 18, 2013

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

4:17 • Live

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 18, 2013


Out There TOKYO 2nd Nov. 19, 2013

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

8:53 • Live

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 19, 2013


New Promotional Concerts 2013

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

0:39 • Live


Alone Together Vol.2

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:31 • Alternate take • Hosanna partial rehearsals


Videos

Live performances

“On My Way To Work” has been played in 2 concerts and 12 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “On My Way To Work” has been played


Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation from LIPA

Jul 25, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts



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