Ringo Starr’s new album Give More Love comes out Sept. 15, but you can catch an exclusive first listen to “So Wrong For So Long” from it right now. The song was co-written with Dave Stewart, who performs the song with him. Starr says “So Wrong For So Long” was the first song written for the album when he and Dave Stewart had planned to make it a country LP.
“Dave Stewart and I were going to go down to Nashville and do a country album there,” Starr told writer David Wild in a promotional interview for the album. “So we thought we should write a few country songs for when we get there. The first one we wrote here in the house was called ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Then I got offered another tour with the All Starr Band, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. That’s how I ended up making another album at home and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends – everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”
Ringo, who inspired the name of the Beatles’ first movie A Hard Day’s Night with a comment he made, told Billboard the title of this new song came from something someone said to him. “What usually happens is with the writers I write with, one of us will have a line. I usually have a whole list of lines, and then we sort of just think what we’re gonna do. The best [new track] to talk about is ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Somebody said that to me in 2008, and I just thought, ‘that’s a great line,’ and finally turned it into a record, into a track.”
Bruce Sugar, Ringo’s recording engineer, told Billboard he thinks the song has possibilities for country music radio play. “It’s a good country song,” he said. “It’s a little more traditional than what they’re doing now on the radio, but it’d be interesting to see if they’d play Ringo on country radio. They should. It’d be great if they did.”
Besides Stewart, the song features Nathan East on bass, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Jim Cox on keyboards and Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman on backing vocals with additional engineering by Ned Douglas. Take a listen above.