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Somebody Who Cares

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982

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Song facts

Somebody Who Cares” is a song from 1982 album “Tug Of War“.

From an interview with Newsweek, May 1982:

Did you have John Lennon in mind [when writing the Tug Of War album]?

No. But halfway through it, John was killed. I can’t believe it to this day, I can’t even say those words…But “Here Today” is the only song specifically about that. Obviously, “Tug of War” ties in…And so does “Somebody Who Cares.” I remember being aware of John’s death while writing it.

From an interview with Club Sandwich, 1982:

Andy Mackay – “Somebody Who Cares” – that beautiful song, I like that.

Paul – I wrote it out one Sunday afternoon. In Montserrat we used to take weekends off just to kinda have some holiday as well as recording, and this Sunday afternoon I was anticipating Steve Gadd’s arrival, and Steven and Stanley Clarke were coming in, and I liked the idea of writing something for them coming, you know, so it would be fresh for everyone.

Andy Mackay – The theme, in as much as I can work out a theme, is the one you have dealt with in quite a lot of songs, isn’t it, sort of resignation and optimism, sort of somewhere mixed up.

Paul – Somewhere there is someone who is going to take care of things, do you mean? I can’t think where I have used it before; I’m sure I have, though.

Andy Mackay – “Let It Be” is the same, that sort of line of thought.

Paul – That’s right, faith I suppose you’d call it.

Last updated on December 26, 2019

Lyrics

When your body is coming
Apart at the seams
And the whole thing's feeling low
You're convincing yourself
That there's nobody there, I know
I know how you feel

Like somebody has taken
The wheels off your car
When you had somewhere to go
Well it's annoying
Not going to get very far
I know
But somebody cares

There's always someone, somewhere
You should know by now
Always somebody who cares
It's happening day in, day out
Well you know by now
Always somebody who cares

If you don't know it
How will it find you?
How will we know your whereabouts?
But I know how you feel

I know how you feel

Like somebody has taken
The wheels off your car
When you had somewhere to go
Well it's frustrating
Not going to get very far
I know
But somebody cares

There's always someone, somewhere
You should know by now
Always somebody who cares
It's happening day in, day out
Well you know by now
Always somebody who cares

If you don't know it
How will it find you?
How will we know your whereabouts?
But I know how you feel

Officially appears on


Tug Of War

Official album • Released in 1982

3:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Spanish guitar, Vocal
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar, Synthesizer
Stanley Clarke:
Bass
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Steve Gadd:
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs:
Second engineer
Adrian Brett:
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 09, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Sep 01, 1981
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:19 • Studio version • 2015 remix


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version

Bootlegs


Tug Of War Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:51 • Alternate take • chat


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:19 • Studio versionA


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:19 • Studio version • [2015 remix]

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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