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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
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1982 (Paul McCartney was 40 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

March 11, 1981 - March 1982



Remixing "Tug Of War" album

March 2nd to March 31st, 2015

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Song facts

Somebody Who Cares” is a song from 1982 album “Tug Of War“, written the day (February 8th, 1981) before it was recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat.

I played the album to my kids and out of all the hooks on this record, my four-year-old boy, James, sings ‘Somebody Who Cares’ and I don’t know why he chose that hook from the whole album. He’s a baby and he now knows ‘Somebody Who Cares’ and so he goes around humming it… We decided we wanted the distinctive Spanish guitar sound on the session. I had written it the day before, out in Montserrat. We used to have the weekends off, because I like to do that, otherwise you just work yourself into the ground. I like a break and then you come back so fresh. On this Sunday afternoon, I sat outside and just got my guitar and went off into a corner. I knew that Steve Gadd and Stanley Clarke were coming in the next day and we were going to do a session. So instead of just doing one of the songs that I had written, I thought that it would be really nice if I wrote something fresh and I’d play it fresh to them and we’ll all be up to the same time on the thing. So I wrote ‘Somebody Who Cares’, took it to the session but I still didn’t have a middle. So I said, ‘Hang on a couple of minutes, I’ve got a bit of a song, it’s gonna be good. Give me about an hour. Go and have a cup of tea.’ So I sat around for an hour, got the middle bit, which I was happy about and went back into the studio. Stanley started ad-libbing a bit on his bass, and I started off on my acoustic.

Paul McCartney, from Badman, Keith. The Beatles: The Dream Is Over – Off The Record 2 (p. 303)

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.

Paul’s handwritten lyrics for Somebody Who Cares – From the “Tug Of War Archive Collection” @ 2015 MPL Communications Inc

Last updated on May 9, 2020

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 :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Tug Of War (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:19 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

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 :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:19 • Studio versionB • 2015 remix

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Remixing, 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 :
Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 2015
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

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 :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


Tug Of War Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:51 • Interview • Promotional interview 1982


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

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 :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Tug Of War - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:19 • Studio versionB • 2015 remix

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Arrangement, Backing vocals, Remixing, 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 :
Recording engineer
Steve Gadd :
Drums, Percussion
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant recording engineer
Adrian Brett :
Pan pipes
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Steve Orchard :
Remixing

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

Session Overdubs:
July 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 2015
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Brad 14 days ago

Beautiful song.