Released: 7 September 2018
Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, harmonium, harpsichord, drums
Greg Kurstin: orchestral percussion programming
Rusty Anderson: electric guitar, vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr: drums, vocals
Everton Nelson, Caroline Campbell, Mario De Leon, Peter Kent, Songa Lee, Natalie Leggett, Robin Olson, Katia Popov, Michele Richards, Kathleen Sloan, Tereza Stanislav, Marcy Vaj, Josefina Vergara, Amy Wickman, John Wittenberg: violin
John Metcalfe, Bruce White, Matt Funes, Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles, Kate Reddish, Rob Brophy: viola
Ian Burdge, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Jodi Burnett, Richard Dodd, Rudy Stein: cello
Gayle Levant Richards, Marcia Dickstein: harp
Dan Higgins, Stuart Clark, Joshua Ranz, Philip O’Connor: clarinet
Ralph Williams: contrabass clarinet
James Hovorka, Kye Palmer, Miguel Guerrero: trumpet
Doug Tornquist: tuba
Do It Now is the twelfth track on Egypt Station, Paul McCartney’s 17th solo studio album.
Do It Now is an expression my dad used to say.
It’s funny, you know, as you get older you remember things that your parents or maybe teachers or friends said, and if there’s a catchphrase. And my dad’s big catchphrase was ‘Do it now.’ You know, you’d sort of say, ‘No, well, I’ll do it later,’ and he’d say, ‘No, do it now.’
And he used to say ‘DIN’, so that was his particular little catchphrase. And I always thought, DIN, that’s a great name for a record label. Din.
Anyway, this has always been in my mind, this ‘Do it now’ thing. So I was looking for an idea to write this song about, so then I started off, OK, I’m on a journey, I’ve been invited to go somewhere, so if I’m going in my imagination somewhere, and the idea is that if I don’t do it now, I may never get to this place.
Basically it’s a song, an imaginary journey suggested by the fact that my dad would have said, ‘Go on that journey now, don’t leave it till it’s too late.’ So there it is. Do it now.