Paul McCartney has shared the unreleased home-recorded demo of his song inspired by John Lennon, 'Dear Friend.'
The unearthed, piano/vocal rendition, as well as a newly remastered studio version will feature on the upcoming reissue of Paul's Wings album repackage of 'Wild Things' and 'Red Rose Speedway', due out December 7th.
“With ‘Dear Friend,’ that’s sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles breakup," Paul explains.
I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back.
"I remember when I heard the song recently, listening to the roughs [remastering works-in-progress] in the car. And I thought, ‘Oh God’. That lyric: ‘Really truly, young and newly wed’. Listening to that was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s true!’ I’m trying to say to John, ‘Look, you know, it’s all cool. Have a glass of wine. Let’s be cool.’”
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Sir Paul adds, “Luckily we did get it back together, which was like a great source of joy because it would have been terrible if he’d been killed as things were at that point and I’d never got to straighten it out with him. This was me reaching out. So, I think it’s very powerful in some very simple way. But it was certainly heartfelt.”
Paul's reissues for both 1971’s 'Wild Life' and 1973’s 'Red Rose Speedway' are released December 7th.