Show Me the Way

Album: Give More Love (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This ballad is one of two Give Me Love tracks that Paul McCartney plays on - the other being the opener "We're on the Road Again." In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo Starr revealed how the collaboration process began. "Well, I just called him up and said, 'I got this song called "Show Me the Way," and I want you to play on it," he said. "Because he is a really good friend of mine, he said he'd come to L.A. for it. It's about [my wife] Barbara. She shows me the way. I wanted it to be very personal."

    "He's an incredible musician," the Fab Four drummer continued. "He's incredible at singing too and as a writer, but for me, as a bass player, he is the finest and the most melodic."
  • Ringo expanded on why he wrote this song for Barbara. "She shows me the way. We've been together 37 years, You have ups-and-downs. I'll cry. She'll cry. We'll cry - there are those days. But there's so much love and so much support. We're still getting to know each other and loving it." (Source Something New.)
  • Bruce Sugar, Ringo Starr's longtime recording engineer, told Billboard magazine about McCartney's contribution to this song. "That's a difficult ballad. So he had to work on that a bit. We definitely put him through his paces. But the guy's the greatest. (He's) humble. He came in to help his friend on a Sunday when he had his day off. What else can you say?"

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