Long Way To Go

Album: Keep Moving (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This was released as the first single from former Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale's first solo album, Keep Moving. The song features the final lineup of Andrew Stockdale's former band Wolfmother, as Ian Peres (bass, organ, Wurlitzer electric piano), Vin Steele (rhythm guitar), Elliott Hammond (Wurlitzer electric piano, bongos) and Hamish Rosser (drums) join him on the track. Stockdale explained to Billboard magazine why he decided to release the record under his name rather than Wolfmother. "For the last three years I've performed as Wolfmother, and I don't feel comfortable about it," said the Australian musician. "Chris Ross, who played bass and keys in the first line-up when we started, he came up with that band name. That name was for me, Chris and (drummer) Myles Heskett. It became Wolfmother. Because of the success of the name, there was pressure then to call yourself Wolfmother. But it felt weird."
  • The song grapples with the theme of others' expectations. "It's about when people pigeonhole you, and categorize you," said Stockdale. "It's not up to anyone else to tell you the way your dreams can be fulfilled. It's up to you to follow your heart and try make things happen. Whatever someone thinks you can or can't do, it's not up to them. It's up to the individual. And if someone thinks they've got me all worked out, well, hey, I've got a long way to go."

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