The track wasn't originally conceived as a potential collaboration with his Fab Four mate. McCartney, according to Starr, was originally slated just to play bass on "Peace Dream
." However Starr told Billboard
magazine that he listened to some of the other songs and ended up contributing a vocal to this one. "He heard that one and said, 'Gimme a pair of (headphones) and give me a track. I want to do something on that,'" Ringo recalled.