From a Lover to a Friend

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"From a Lover to a Friend"
Paul McCartney From Lover to Friend.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Driving Rain
B-side"Riding Into Jaipur"
Released29 October 2001
Format7" vinyl, CD single, cassette
Recorded27 February 2001
Length3:49 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)David Kahne
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Vanilla Sky"
"From a Lover to a Friend"

"From a Lover to a Friend" is a song by Paul McCartney, featured on his 2001 album Driving Rain. It was released as a single and spent two weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #45.[1] It also reached #6 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[2] In the U.S. it became the b-side to his single "Freedom" and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Critics saw the song as a ballad in which McCartney tries to come to terms with the death of his wife Linda,[3] singing "let me love again"; McCartney, however, was less certain whom the song was about in an interview on Howard Stern's radio show.[4] The Guardian called it a "masterpiece... so delicate and honest that it sounds pretty much perfect."[3]

"From a Lover to a Friend" was recorded on 27 February 2001 with Paul playing bass and piano, Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing drums, Rusty Anderson on 12-string electric guitar, and Gabe Dixon on piano.[5]

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "From a Lover to a Friend" – 3:48
  2. "Riding Into Jaipur" – 4:08

CD single

  1. "From a Lover to a Friend"–  3:49
  2. "From a Lover to a Friend" (David Kahne Remix 1) – 3:44
  3. "From a Lover to a Friend" (David Kahne Remix 2) – 5:27

Cassette single[6]

  1. "From a Lover to a Friend" – 3:48
  2. "Riding Into Jaipur" – 4:08
  3. "From a Lover to a Friend" (David Kahne Remix 2) – 5:27


Chart (2001) Peak
Argentina (Top 150)[7] 132
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 45
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 24


  1. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  2. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  3. ^ a b Harris, John (8 June 2007). "On Music: Rise and fall". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  4. ^ "Paul McCartney on Howard Stern". I don't actually know what this is about.
  5. ^ Gernhardt, Harald (2001). "Driving Rain". McBeatle. Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-01-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ The Beatles Beat (2001). "Paul McCartney Cassette Singles". The Beatles Beat. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  7. ^ Argentina Radio [1]
  8. ^ " – Paul McCartney – {{{song}}}" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.

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