I Don't Know (Paul McCartney song)

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"I Don't Know"
McCartney I Don't Know Cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Egypt Station
A-side"Come On to Me"
Released20 June 2018[1]
25 July 2018 (Test Pressing 7")[2]
23 November 2018 (RSD Exclusive 7")[3]
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"We're On The Road Again"
"I Don't Know" / "Come On to Me"
"Fuh You"

"I Don't Know" is a song by English musician Paul McCartney, released by Capitol Records as a double A-side single alongside "Come On to Me", ahead of McCartney's 17th studio album, Egypt Station.[4][5]

McCartney's website described "I Don't Know" as a "plaintive, soul-soothing ballad as only Paul can deliver."[4]

In the 'Casual Conversation with Jarvis Cocker at LIPA' (25th July 2018), McCartney said that in his opinion John Lennon would like this song.[6]

Background, composition, and recording[edit]

In the 'Words Between Tracks' about writing a song, McCartney said:

"I wrote this after going through a difficult period. Like people have nothing sort of madly serious or anything, but just one of those days when it’s like, "Oh my god, am I doing wrong here", you know. And sometimes that’s a good way to write a song, because you’re coming from your soul. And we often used to say that writing a song was like talking to a psychiatrist, a therapist or something. Because you’re saying it… You are saying it in a song rather than in a room to a specialist. Yeah, so it was me just thinking this problem out, and putting it into a song."[7]

The track was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, with additional sessions recorded at Hog Hill Mill (Sussex) and Abbey Road Studios. "I Don't Know" was also engineered by Steve Orchard, Alex Pasco, Billy Bush, Julian Burg and Greg Kurstin.[8]


The song was officially issued on 20 June 2018. A month later, a limited edition numbered test pressing 7" vinyl featuring I Don't Know was released. There is only 200 copies of this kind of record. On 11 October 2018, official Paul McCartney website has announced that the exclusive version of double A-side single will be released as part of Record Store Day. The hand-numbered vinyl is limited to 5,000 copies and available at independent record stores around the world from Friday 23rd November.[9]



Chart (2018) Peak
France (SNEP)[10] 164
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[11] 39


  1. ^ Thompson, Rita (19 June 2018). "Paul McCartney to Release 'I Don't Know/Come On To Me' Double Single This Week'". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Order or purchase JB Hi-Fi & enter online for a chance to WIN a Limited Edition numbered test pressing 7" vinyl!!". JB Hi-Fi. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "'I Don't Know' / 'Come On To Me' - RSD Exclusive 7"". paulmccartney.com. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "New Album 'Egypt Station' Arriving 7th September". PaulMcCartney.com.
  5. ^ "Paul To Release All-New Double A Side Single". PaulMcCartney.com. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ "(1:02:38) I think John would like a song called "I Don't Know". I think he'd like that". 25 July 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney on 'I Don't Know' ('Words Between The Tracks')". 3 September 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ "I Don't Know - Paul McCartney". 7 September 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "'I Don't Know' / 'Come On To Me' - RSD Exclusive 7"". paulmccartney.com. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Paul McCartney – I Don't Know" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 08 July 2018.