Artwork for Paul McCartney’s 2013 album NewWritten by: McCartney
Recorded: 2013
Producer: Giles Martin
Mixed by: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Released: 14 October 2013 (UK), 15 October 2013 (US)

Available on:
New

Personnel

Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar, bass guitar, ciguitar, piano, drums
Rusty Anderson: guitar
Brian Ray: guitar
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens: guitar, piano, accordion
Toby Pitman: programming
Cathy Thompson, Laura Melhuish, Patrick Kiernan, Nina Foster: violin
Peter Lale, Rachel Robson: viola
Caroline Dale, Katherine Jenkinson, Chris Worsey: cello
Richard Pryce, Steve McManus: bass

‘On My Way To Work’ is the third song on Paul McCartney’s 16th solo studio album New.

This is a thing I always thought when I was young: ‘How on earth am I going to meet the right person with these billions of people teeming about the planet? How could a soul search everywhere, without knowing what to do? How am I going to run into the right one?’ It was very much a teenage worry for me. The other was, ‘What job am I going to have?’ I could see no future on the delivery truck or working as a coil winder in a factory (another job of mine), or going into the cotton trade like my dad had done.

I see kids nowadays with those same worries, and they’re very real worries, very much like the ones I described when I wrote this song. ‘On my way to work/I bought a magazine/Inside a pretty girl/Liked to waterski/She came from Chichester’. I was very happy to get that detail in. I would sometimes do that on my way to Speedy Prompt Deliveries. I could get nudie magazines, now that I was a working man and I was actually allowed to buy them! And besides them, a few years later The Sun newspaper started doing this sort of thing on page 3: ‘Jeanette is from Hayling Island. Her hobbies include…’ I loved those biographical details, it’s a nice little bit of background – fills the story out.

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