Beatles Song of the Week – Happy Birthday George!

 We want to pause today to remember George Harrison on what would have been his 68th birthday.  We feel that there is no better way to do this than to play what we consider to be his masterpiece, “Within You, Without You” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

This song is as beautiful as it is profound.  George had already introduced Indian music to the pop world in 1965 with his sitar in “Norwegian Wood,” and again in 1966 with a more ambitious Indian flavored track,”Love You To.”  It was with “Within You, Without You” that George abandoned any pretense of fitting Indian music into a pop styled song and went for a completely authentic Indian sound.

The lyrics to the song are fairly simple in structre -questions being asked about the nature of love, success and ego.  But when combined with the music they take on a profundity that seems to be beyond George’s 24 years (at the time that he wrote them).  So please take a moment to enjoy this track and help us wish George a happy birthday.

We were talking
About the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves
Behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth
Then it’s far too late
When they pass away

We were talking
About the love we all could share
When we find it
To try our best to hold it there
With our love, with our love
We could save the world
If they only knew

Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking
About the love that’s gone so cold
And the people who gain the world
And lose their soul
They don’t know, they can’t see
Are you one of them

When you’ve seen beyond yourself
Then you may find
Peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come
When you see we’re all one
And life flows on within you and without you

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