Here Today (2:28)

Cover of Back in the U.S. Live 2002 (disc 1)

From Back in the U.S. Live 2002 (disc 1) and 7 other releases

“Here Today” is a track on Paul McCartney’s 1982 album Tug of War, which was McCartney’s second solo album after dissolving Wings. The song is McCartney’s tribute to his former bandmate with The Beatles, John Lennon, who was murdered December 8, 1980. McCartney described the song’s lyrics as though he was talking to John about their relationship.

According to Songfacts, McCartney told The Times that in Here Today , “I’m talking to John in my head. It’s a conversation we didn’t have.” He added that they were reconciled again by the time of the tragedy: “We were mates. God, that was so cool. It was the saving grace. Because it got a bit sticky after the Beatles. No, we were really good mates again — it was lovely, actually. Performing this song, in New York, where he was killed, is a very emotional affair. The last verse, where I sing ‘and if I said I really loved you, and was glad you came along,’ it’s like singing it to your dad who died.”

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  • theironictea

    One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. That was true love indeed [5]

    14 Oct 10:10pm Reply
  • EzraTurner

    I can not hold back the tears, this song is so honest, always gets me .. paul would die for john, and I'm sure john would do the same for paul. True love

    1 Mar 12:29am Reply
  • catspajamas06

    The Back In The Us version really gets to me.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    .

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Isis_go

    "this goes to my friend John"

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • DrBlur

    I have to fight back crying every time I hear this. Couldn't have written a more beautiful tribute to John...well done, Paul.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Zahetael

    Every time i hear this song I am holding back the tears no more

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • daniellepuente_

    One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. That was true love indeed [4]

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jrouby

    Chilling.

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • XamaraJonas

    This song is breaking my heart.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • plastictraamp

    I challenge anyone to listen to this without crying. [2]

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • CelioGouveia

    Essa é uma das músicas mais lindas que já foram escritas.

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • carolina182

    One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. That was true love indeed [3)

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Feeh-

    listening... and crying... One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. ²

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jenny_Psy

    if you were here today..

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • icetune

    I challenge anyone to listen to this without crying.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • EbbaOzolins

    listening... and crying...[3] Love you John, r.i.p <3

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • gabriellemendes

    One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. That was true love indeed [2]

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • lelus_pedziwiat

    yes, I cried too

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ja-chan

    One of the most beautiful things i've ever heard. That was true love indeed

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
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