This is the opening track Ringo Starr's seventeenth studio album, Ringo 2012. The former Beatle recorded the set in the guesthouse of his Los Angeles home, and the LP features five original tracks, remakes of his own "Wings" and "Step Lightly" and two covers. The title is a reference Ringo's most successful solo album Ringo, which was released in 1973.
Ringo penned the song with American songwriter and producer Glen Ballard, who is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album.
Ringo told USA Today the album came together effortlessly. He said: "I don't think any song took more than two hours. On [2010 release] Y Not and this, it started with me holding down a key on the synthesizer, a note and some sort of rhythm pattern. Then I play drums to that and maracas or piano and a bit of guitar. There's no song yet. It's like working in reverse, writing the song after the arrangement."
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.