Ringo Starr’s Peace Song ‘Now the Time Has Come’ Debuts as Free Download

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Ringo Starr in front of the Capitol Records building on July 7, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

“Now the Time Has Come,” a song featuring Ringo Starr that debuted last September for the annual International Day of Peace, is being made available as a free download for the first time.

“Now the Time Has Come” shines a light on peace initiatives and drops this Friday (Jan. 20), the date of the inauguration of president Donald Trump.

Its lyrics include the line: “Now the time has come/Time has come for everyone/To lay down all your guns/And let the light of love shine on and on.” The song was created by Starr and producer Bruce Sugar and two versions are available to stream online, one by Ringo and friends Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, and another with Ringo and friends and Latin artist Fonseca.

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The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. It was established in 1981 by United Nations resolution 36/37 as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Ringo Starr has celebrated “peace and love” annually since 2008 on his July 7 birthday. He held a public gathering in 2016 for his 76th birthday with friends such as Joe Walsh, David Lynch, Dave Stewart, Edgar Winter and others at the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles.

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