‘Friends To Go’ is the fifth song on Paul McCartney’s 13th solo album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.

The funny thing about it was I felt as if I was almost George Harrison during the writing of that song. I just got this feeling, this is George. So it was like I was writing – I was like George – writing one of his songs. So I just wrote it, it just wrote itself very easily ’cause it wasn’t even me writing it.
Paul McCartney
BBC Radio 6 Music

Funny thing about some songs is when you’re writing them you can think you’re someone else. I mean when I was doing ‘The Long And Winding Road’ I thought I was Ray Charles. In actual fact my record of it, the Beatles record of it, is nothing like Ray Charles at all. But in my mind I was being him. I was playing Ray. And on ‘Friends To Go’ I realised I was playing George Harrison. So to me it just started to sound like a George Harrison song. So I was writing with that in the back of my mind, so it was kind of like (sings) ‘I’ve been waiting on the other side for your friends to leave so I don’t have to hide’.

You know that whole sequence I can see George doing it [sings] ‘I’ve been waiting on the other side for your friends to go.’ So that was it. You know I just sat down to write and the feeling of George came over me and I just kept writing it thinking, ‘George could have written this’. It was nice. It was like a sort of friendly song to write. And I just kept imagining I was just over by some sort of housing estate, where these people lived, in a sort of block of flats and I was like over the other side over here just watching them and waiting for them to go so I could go in. I don’t know why, a psychiatrist could probably again have a whale of a time with that one.

Paul McCartney
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard interview, July 2005

Previous song: ‘At The Mercy’
Next song: ‘English Tea’
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