Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket: ‘On My Way To Work'
Paul has told us in the past about how one of his favourite past-times growing up was taking the bus into town to buy a new record (incidentally, this became one of the reasons why Sgt Pepper had such rich artwork: to give people something to read and look at while they were on their way home, because Paul enjoyed doing the same!).
Paul found his way upstairs and had a smoke on ‘A Day In The Life’; went travelling round Europe on a psychedelically painted tour bus with Wings; and more recently revealed in an interview with the Nerdist podcast that it’s not unknown for him to hop on one to get around town.
In this instalment of ‘Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket’ - to coincide with the recent reissue of NEW on vinyl - Paul jumps aboard once more to see everything from the upstairs of Liverpool’s green double deckers.
‘On My Way To Work’ sees Paul reminiscing about his time working with Speedy Prompt Delivery in Liverpool. In 2013, around the time of the original release of NEW, Paul spoke with Observer journalist Miranda Sawyer about the song:
"That's all remembrances from Liverpool. The bus, top deck, me going to work… The specific work I was thinking of was my first job, as a second man on a lorry. The second man helps the driver unload when you get to the destination; the driver is the first man. He was very nice, my first man, because I was always knackered, and he would let me sleep. I would help load up the lorry, then get in and just sleep until we got half an hour from the destination, when he'd wake me up: 'Oi, look lively!’
"So, that was one of my jobs. I was also a coil winder in a factory. But there was always the bus involved to get there, you know; nobody had a car. Big green buses, always the upper deck, for a ciggie, getting to work, clocking on…"
Produced by Giles Martin, ‘On My Way To Work’ has a winsome and warm sound courtesy of a twelve-string acoustic, mixing modern production, harmonies doubling in thirds with melodica, nostalgic guitar arpeggios and a slide guitar riff. It also features what we understand to be one of Johnny Depp’s favourite lines, where Paul name-checks the town of Chichester.
Check it out below, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Paul on your next bus ride. You never know who you might be sitting next to…!
Check out the full track below:
Fans can PRE-ORDER all four 2018 edition catalogue reissues via MPL/Capitol:
[Titles and corresponding limited edition vinyl colours as follows]
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