The Paul McCartney Project

On The Way

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1980

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979


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Song facts

On The Way” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, released on his second solo album, “McCartney II“, released in 1980. From a Club Sandwich interview:

I put down a drum track and some bass and that was that. It sat around for a month or so. The day before going back to it I had seen Alexis Korner on a TV programme about the blues, and I thought ‘ ‘Oh, I’ve got to do something like that because it’s the kind of music I like … the blues.” So that’s how that one came about. I just made it up into a bluesy type thing.

Paul McCartney

Nobody Knows“, also on the “McCartney II” album, was also inspired by the same TV program.

From Club Sandwich N°78, Summer 1996 – TV billing reproduced by courtesy of Radio Times

‘On the Way’ I listened to, that’s a nice little blues song. I really hadn’t heard that since I recorded it.

Paul McCartney, from McCartney II Archive Collection, 2011

There’s a rough mix available [A1] which has a slighter shorter running time than the released version on “McCartney II“.

Last updated on September 9, 2020

Lyrics

Well you know I'll always love you
But it would have been a lie
If I said that I could please you
Every moment that I try

Wouldn't want to see you crying
So I hope you don't mind
The things I say
On the way

Well we've been travelling for a long time
And we finally finished here
Though I said some things to hurt you
Well it was only out of fear

Wouldn't want to see you crying
So I hope you don't mind
The things I say
On the way

Well you know I'll always love you
Everything will be alright
If I know you don't mind
The things I say
On the way

Well you know I'll always love you
Everything will be ok
If I know you don't mind
The things I say
On the way

Officially appears on


McCartney II

Official album • Released in 1980

3:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:40 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:41 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:35 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Studio Rarities - Volume 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:30 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Mixing, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Claudio Ríos 1 days ago

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