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Walk with You

Album This song officially appears on the Y Not Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2009

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Walk with You” is a song by Ringo Starr, released as a single from his 2010 studio album Y Not. It features fellow former Beatle Paul McCartney on backing vocals. The track was not originally conceived as a collaboration with McCartney, who originally only planned to play bass on “Peace Dream“.

The song was also used as Starr’s entry on the iTunes exclusive 4-track Beatles EP “4: John Paul George Ringo”, released in 2014.

In a promotional video, Starr said that “Walk With You” was originally intended to be a “gospelly” song. Starr called Van Dyke Parks and asked him to collaborate on writing a “God song,” but Parks said he did not write about God. They reworked the melody and completed the track as a song about the power of friendship. During the recording of “Peace Dream,” Starr played Paul McCartney several tracks he had completed for Y Not. McCartney developed the “trailing” duet in the melody of “Walk With You.

From songfacts.com:

The song is a duet between Ringo and Paul McCartney, in which McCartney echoes Starr’s vocals one beat behind. “I had this little idea for a harmony on one of them,” McCartney told USA Today, “and I said, ‘You probably don’t want this, but let me show you this idea.’ And he liked it, and so I ended up singing some harmonies. He’s great to work with. He always was and always will be.” It was the first song ever to feature the two former Beatles bandmates singing in a duet.

From Billboard.com:

It was weird the way that (“Walk With You”) happened,” engineer Bruce Sugar told this writer. Ringo initially asked Paul to come by and play bass on “Peace Dream.” The drummer then asked McCartney for one more, time permitting. McCartney listened to “Walk With You,” and Sugar recalls his response: “I don’t know if I want to play bass on it, but I think I could sing a part on it.” The producer and engineer adds, “I don’t think Ringo would have asked him to sing on the album. But he just kind of offered up. Me and Ringo just looked at each other and offered up the mic. And he just came up with that part, which was just brilliant. It made the whole song, really. So the song was done, but his vocals were after the song was done. It was great.

Last updated on March 12, 2017

Lyrics

No man is an island who has been in love
Bringing understanding every push and shove
Just as fundamental as the stars above
It is benifiting every hand in glove
And you tell me it's a cold day in hell when you surrender
For love and a chance to remember
What we have to hold is more silver and gold

When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
Will be fine

It's coincidental we have met before
Let this be the time and place that we explore
With no hesitation knocking at that door
Open up your heart and love forever more
And I tell you it's a cold day in hell but we remember
That song that starts out love me tender
And that king of hearts

When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
Will be fine

Picking up the picture of love in pain
I don't have time if what time remains
What I have just tried to explain flew by you
What can I do with a heart of steel
I would impart what I've come to feel
Love is the answer and It is real
I'll always be there beside you

When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
When I walk with you
When I talk with you
Everything will be fine
Will be fine

Officially appears on


Y Not

Official album • Released in 2010

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Background vocals, Drums, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Steve Dudas:
Guitar
Ann Marie Calhoun:
Violin
Bruce Sugar:
Keyboards, Producer, String arrangement

Bootlegs


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Background vocals, Drums, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Steve Dudas:
Guitar
Ann Marie Calhoun:
Violin
Bruce Sugar:
Keyboards, Producer, String arrangement

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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