Ringo penned this song with his band whilst on tour. He told Billboard magazine: "We were sound checking and (former Santana and Journey keyboardist) Gregg Rolie did a thing that started the ball rolling. We jammed to it and it turned into that song after three soundchecks. We had no name or anything but it was taking such great shape that by the time we got to Biloxi (Mississippi), I called all the band down to my room and said, 'Let's write a song.' We all listened to it and tossed out ideas. We came back to LA after the tour and everybody put their parts down at my little studio in my guesthouse."
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.