We had such a relaxing start to an Indian holiday which was at the beginning of 2001. It was exciting, I hadn’t been back to India since the Mararishi days, which was 25 years or so ago. It was great to look around a bit more; I’d only seen Rishikesh, north of Delhi, before. We started off in Goa, relaxed beach time, and one afternoon I wrote ‘About You’ on a little travel guitar I’ve got which has it’s own amp in it. I picked some words out for the song after seeing a copy of The India Times which was lying around.
paulmccartney.com, November 2001
‘About You’ was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on 16 February 2001, the same day that McCartney recorded ‘Lonely Road’ and ‘Riding Into Jaipur’, on the first day of the Driving Rain sessions.
Recorded 16th February 2001 onto 16-track analogue tape then loaded into Logic Audio for overdubs Paul played a Pignose electric guitar and sang the vocal then overdubbed more vocals. Abe played Paul’s Ludwig drum kit then overdubbed a tambourine. Rusty played Vox bass guitar then overdubbed Gibson 12 string electric guitar. Gabe played Wurlitzer then overdubbed Hammond organ.
McCartney never performed ‘About You’ live in concert.