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Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter,
Music And Film Producer
... And Beatle

Take a journey into the stories behind the writing and recording of his iconic songs and hidden gems. Featuring excerpts from the newly released book I Me Mine by George Harrison, the jukebox also features exclusive commentary from Dhani Harrison. Tap an album cover above or scroll down to begin your journey.


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"On The Bed ... That always kills me, that one, it’s a real tear jerker. "
- Dhani Harrison

The first song that comes to mind for me is “Skiing” Track 7, which has just got furious guitar riffs. Clapton and my Dad doing backwards, forwards dueling guitars, that was obviously for the skiing scene in Wonderwall. And, I think, “On the Bed” which is the one with the French horn solo, I love that track because it starts with this very sporadic piano, distorted electric piano, and it’s all out of time, and then you can hear Ringo come in, and it all finds it’s way into time and the French horn actually has a great harmony that comes in when it resolves. That’s one of those songs that just builds and is really rewarding. And then, obviously, the way it ends, with chanting Om, the vocals on that are some of the most haunting, I think, you’ll ever hear on any record and it’s the last track. That always kills me, that one, it’s a real tear jerker.

- Dhani Harrison



"WONDERWALL" Tracklisting:

Side No: 1

  1. MICROBES
  2. RED LADY TOO
  3. TABLA AND PAKAVAJ
  4. IN THE PARK
  5. DRILLING A HOME
  6. GURU VANDANA
  7. GREASY LEGS
  8. SKI-ING
  9. GAT KIRWANI
  10. DREAM SCENE

Side No: 2

  1. PARTY SEACOMBE
  2. LOVE SCENE
  3. CRYING
  4. COWBOY MUSIC
  5. FANTASY SEQUINS
  6. ON THE BED
  7. GLASS BOX
  8. WONDERWALL TO BE HERE
  9. SINGING OM

 


     


"I was inspired to write ‘My Sweet Lord’ by
the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ version of ‘Oh Happy Day’. "

I was inspired to write ‘My Sweet Lord’ by the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ version of ‘Oh Happy Day’. I thought a lot about whether to do ‘My Sweet Lord’ or not, because I would be committing myself publicly and I anticipated that a lot of people might get weird about it. Many people fear the words ‘Lord’ and ‘God’ - makes them angry for some strange reason.

The point was, I was sticking my neck out on the chopping block because now I would have to live up something, but at the same time I thought, ‘Nobody’s saying it; I wish somebody else was doing it.’ You know, everybody is going ‘Be-bop baby’ - Ok it may be good to dance to, but I was naïve and thought we should express our feelings to each other – not suppress them and keep holding them back. Well, it was what I felt, and why should I be untrue to myself? I came to believe in the importance that if you feel something strong enough then you should say it.

I wasn’t consciously aware of the similarity between ‘He’s So Fine’ and ‘My Sweet Lord’ when I wrote the song as It was more improvised and not so fixed, although when my version of the song came out and started to get a lot of airplay people started talking about it and it was then I thought, ‘Why didn’t I realise?’. It would have been very easy to change a note here or there, and not affect the feeling of the record.

I thought ‘My Sweet Lord’ was a good ‘record’. In the recording industry there are ‘songs’ and ‘records’ - anyway I thought the overall sound of the record was as important as the words or tune – the atmosphere really. I wanted to show that ‘Halleluja’ and ‘Hare Krishna’ are quite the same thing. I did the voices singing ‘Halleluja’ first and then the change to ‘Hare Krishna’ so that people would be chanting the Maha Mantra – before they knew what was going on! I had been chanting ‘Hare Krishna’ for a long time and this song was a simple idea of how to do a Western pop equivalent to a ‘mantra’, which repeats over and over again, holy names.

I don’t feel guilty or bad about it, in fact it saved many a heroin addict’s life. I know the motive behind writing the song in the first place and its effect far exceeded the legal hassle. ‘This Song’, discussed later, has more to say about the legal thing.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"ALL THINGS MUST PASS" Tracklisting:

Side No: 1

  1. I'D HAVE YOU ANYTIME
  2. MY SWEET LORD
  3. WAH-WAH
  4. ISN'T IT A PITY

    Side No: 2

  1. WHAT IS LIFE
  2. IF NOT FOR YOU
  3. BEHIND THAT LOCKED DOOR
  4. LET IT DOWN
  5. RUN OF THE MILL

Side No: 3

  1. BEWARE OF DARKNESS
  2. APPLE SCRUFFS
  3. BALLAD OF SIR FRANKIE CRISP (LET IT ROLL)
  4. AWAITING ON YOU ALL
  5. ALL THINGS MUST PASS

    Side No: 4

  1. I DIG LOVE
  2. ART OF DYING
  3. ISN'T IT A PITY (VERSION TWO)
  4. HEAR ME LORD

Side No: 5

  1. OUT OF THE BLUE
  2. IT'S JOHNNY'S BIRTHDAY
  3. PLUG ME IN

    Side No: 6

  1. I REMEMBER JEEP
  2. THANKS FOR THE PEPPERONI


     


"This song is a prayer and personal statement
between me, the Lord and whoever likes it."
Sometimes you open your mouth and you don’t know what you’re going to say, and whatever comes out is the starting point. If that happens and you are lucky – it can usually be turned into a song.

This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord and whoever likes it.



Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH)
  2. SUE ME, SUE YOU BLUES
  3. THE LIGHT THAT HAS LIGHTED THE WORLD
  4. DON'T LET ME WAIT TOO LONG
  5. WHO CAN SEE IT
  6. LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

Side No:2

  1. THE LORD LOVES THE ONE (THAT LOVES THE LORD)
  2. BE HERE NOW
  3. TRY SOME, BUY SOME
  4. THE DAY THE WORLD GETS 'ROUND'
  5. THAT IS ALL
 

 


‘Oh really! Who’d have thought that
– he’s a bit of a dark horse isn’t he?’

DARK HORSE is the old story. ‘Mr Penguin’s poking Mrs Johnson from the Co-op.’

‘Oh really! Who’d have thought that – he’s a bit of a dark horse isn’t he?’
I didn’t know till later that the other idea of a dark horse – the one that wins that nobody has put any money on.

I’m a bit thick really.

The pity with ‘Dark Horse’ - the song – was that I hadn’t finished the record when I had to go to the States to rehearse the band for the American tour in 1974.

So I taught the band the tune and we recorded it ‘live’; and by that time I had no voice, so it’s shouting, hoarse version of it, while the other remains unfinished.



Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"DARK HORSE" Tracklisting:

Side No: 1

  1. HARI'S ON TOUR (EXPRESS)
  2. SIMPLY SHADY
  3. SO SAD
  4. BYE BYE, LOVE
  5. MAYA LOVE

Side No: 2

  1. DING DONG, DING DONG
  2. DARK HORSE
  3. FAR EAST MAN
  4. IT IS HE

     


     


"Never seen such a beautiful girl,
Got me shaking inside,
Calling on me from deep within her eyes ..."
I started ‘Beautiful Girl’ in 1969 – I’d been working on a Doris Troy record and Stephen Stills had a very good twelve-string guitar which he loaned me for the evening. I wrote the tune then on that guitar but I couldn’t get past the first verse with the lyrics, and so the song sunk back into the distance, but I remembered it during 1976 and finished the lyrics. I related it then to Olivia.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"THIRTY THREE 1/3" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. WOMAN DON'T YOU CRY FOR ME
  2. DEAR ONE
  3. BEAUTIFUL GIRL
  4. THIS SONG
  5. SEE YOURSELF

Side No:2

  1. IT'S WHAT YOU VALUE
  2. TRUE LOVE
  3. PURE SMOKEY
  4. CRACKERBOX PALACE
  5. LEARNING HOW TO LOVE YOU
 

 


"WORLD OF STONE speaks for itself"
WORLD OF STONE speaks for itself:

Wise men you won’t be
To follow the like of me
In this world made of stone
Such a long way to go; we may disagree
We all have the right to be
In this world made of stone
Such a long way to go -
Such a long way from OM

That’s all it is. ‘Don’t follow me’ if you want to be a wise man.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"EXTRA TEXTURE" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. YOU
  2. THE ANSWER'S AT THE END
  3. THIS GUITAR (CAN'T KEEP FROM CRYING)
  4. OOH BABY (YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU)
  5. WORLD OF STONE

Side No:2

  1. A BIT MORE OF YOU
  2. CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT YOU
  3. TIRED OF MIDNIGHT BLUE
  4. GREY CLOUDY LIES
  5. HIS NAME IS LEGS (LADIES AND GENTLEMEN)
 

 


"Nothing nicer than being able to go home,
relax and listen to some nice songs and records"
- Niki Lauda

DURING 1977 I went to a lot of Formula One Races, and I didn’t write any songs at all. I started feeling guilty because so many of the racing people were relating to me as George the Musician. But while they were entertaining me, I was not working.

I had been talking to Niki Lauda after the Watkins Glen race and he had said, ‘Nothing nicer than being able to go home, relax and listen to some nice songs and records’.

I thought I should do some work and maybe write a song that Niki-Jody-Emerson and the gang could enjoy. That would make me happy. That was my inspiration.

Anyway, I thought I had better at least try. People had been telling me about Randy Newman: how he thought he had dried up. Then I was thinking, ‘Maybe that would happen to me’ (paranoia!). But again I don’t really believe you dry up – I can imagine getting tired and lazy and not wanting to do it - but if you do have the desire to do it there is an unlimited supply to draw on.

I was sitting in the garden in a hut looking at the water as it was pouring with rain. We were having leaks in the house because some drain had blocked and I’d gone out in my hat and raincoat and was down there in the hut getting away from it all. The problems start when you get attached to the problems! That’s when the mind gets involved in too much thinking of whether one is supposed to go here, or do this or that; you know – the bullshit.

I was feeling rotten, a bit ratty; not feeling good in myself, and it was all getting next to me. It is remembering again that that isn’t me. Remember what the masters say, ‘I am basically a potentially divine, wonderful human being,’ and all this rattiness or not feeling good is me attaching myself to the mind. The biggest thing that screws us up in life is the mind, it plays tricks on us and can trip you over.

I thought, ‘I don’t have to feel all this! I do love everybody,’ and that is really all you’ve got to do, manifest your love. The only thing we really have to work at in this life is how to manifest love.

All I’ve got to do is love you
All I’ve got to be, to be happy

And that was ‘Blow Away’, as simple as that. I came in, found the chords to the tune that came into my head and then some time later wrote the verse. But then I thought that the tune was so obvious somehow. I got a bit embarrassed by it and didn’t want to play it to anybody. But when I recorded it I actually liked it more.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"GEORGE HARRISON" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE
  2. NOT GUILTY
  3. HERE COMES THE MOON
  4. SOFT-HEARTED HANA
  5. BLOW AWAY

Side No:2

  1. FASTER
  2. DARK SWEET LADY
  3. YOUR LOVE IS FOREVER
  4. SOFT TOUCH
  5. IF YOU BELIEVE

     


     


"I ORIGINALLY wrote ‘All Those Years Ago’ for Ringo. "
I ORIGINALLY wrote ‘All Those Years Ago’ for Ringo. He was doing an album at the time, and I wrote it with slightly different words. It had the same chorus, but it was more of an uptight kind of lyric.

You know, ‘You did this, and you did that . . . blah, blah.’

I don’t know what happened or why, but I don’t think Ringo did the recording sessions. Or maybe I never finished the song. Then, with what happened to John, straight away I changed it. I made it more of a song about John, specifically about him.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. BLOOD FROM A CLONE
  2. UNCONSCIOUSNESS RULES
  3. LIFE ITSELF
  4. ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
  5. BALTIMORE ORIOLE

Side No:2

  1. TEARDROPS
  2. THAT WHICH I HAVE LOST
  3. WRITING'S ON THE WALL
  4. HONG KONG BLUES
  5. SAVE THE WORLD
 

 


"I’m a huge fan of “Dream Away” because it’s the end
credits song in Time Bandits."
- Dhani Harrison

I’m a huge fan of “Dream Away” because it’s the end credits song in Time Bandits. It starts with a shot of Ray Cooper’s hands rolling up the map as if he was God, with a nice pinstriped suit (one of many cameos by Ray Cooper in Terry Gilliam's films). The map sits on my wall, at home, in my study – the original map from that film. That song is great and Terry Gilliam once said that it contains all the notes for the film that my Dad wanted to give him but didn’t know how to. So the lyrics are the notes of the final edit and it also contains my mother’s name backwards, so see if anyone can spot that.

- Dhani Harrison



"GONE TROPPO" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. WAKE UP MY LOVE
  2. THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES
  3. I REALLY LOVE YOU
  4. GREECE
  5. GONE TROPPO

Side No:2

  1. MYSTICAL ONE
  2. UNKNOWN DELIGHT
  3. BABY DON'T RUN AWAY
  4. DREAM AWAY
  5. CIRCLES


     


"We knocked it out on the piano one night
and somebody put a cassette on,
so we just taped whatever we were doing."

WHEN WE WAS FAB was written as a joke, a little bit of fun. I wanted to write something that sounded like it came from that period ‘when we was fab’. It was always a cute word, a silly word, and I use it in that context, but lovingly. It’s not really just about the Beatles but the whole period; everybody was fab in those days.

Jeff Lynne and I started to write the song in Australia. We got a bit legless – we were in this person’s house and they kept giving us bottles of champagne. We knocked it out on the piano one night and somebody put a cassette on, so we just taped whatever we were doing. And then we went back to England, finished it off and had Ringo play his drums. You can hear him counting us in at the beginning. In fact, right from the day I decided to write that tune, I thought, ‘It’s going to have Ringo saying, “one, two, bagada, bagada, bump”.’ Ringo’s drumming is perfect for that kind of song. There’s one fill, in the turn-around at the end. It’s brilliant – right out of 1965.

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'



"CLOUD NINE" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. CLOUD 9
  2. THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES
  3. FISH ON THE SAND
  4. JUST FOR TODAY
  5. THIS IS LOVE
  6. WHEN WE WAS FAB

Side No:2

  1. DEVIL'S RADIO
  2. SOMEPLACE ELSE
  3. WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
  4. BREATH AWAY FROM HEAVEN
  5. GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU


     


"Brainwashed is the heaviest thing I’ve ever worked on in my life ..."
- Dhani Harrison
Brainwashed is the heaviest thing I’ve ever worked on in my life, we finished it a couple of months after my Dad passed away. Jeff Lynne was kind enough to take me in to his house and we worked there every day.

“Stuck Inside a Cloud” is one of the tracks that sticks out in my mind. It’s one of the most beautiful tracks. I grew up listening to that song. It was a polished demo that was always playing in the studio. It had a great synth line on it as well. But it was just so sad. Just go and listen to the lyrics of that one and it says it all.

“Rising Sun” was rewarding because that was a song my Dad used to go around playing on a ukulele and it was his little Hawaiian Rising Sun version that he used to play for everyone. I believe there’s a live version of it as well. I got the chance to work with Jeff Lynne and Marc Mann and we did the string arrangements for it which my Dad always wanted. We just basically followed his notes, he had extensive notes, not to mention millions of tracks that were hidden in the mix, that were just muted, so we had a lot of stuff to work with and there was never a time when we didn’t know what we were doing. It was always clearly written. But “Rising Sun” – from ukulele version to big orchestral version – got, in my opinion, "most improved song".

- Dhani Harrison



"BRAINWASHED" Tracklisting:

Side No:1

  1. ANY ROAD
  2. P2 VATICAN BLUES (LAST SATURDAY NIGHT)
  3. PISCES FISH
  4. LOOKING FOR MY LIFE
  5. RISING SUN
  6. MARWA BLUES
  7. STUCK INSIDE A CLOUD
  8. RUN SO FAR
  9. NEVER GET OVER YOU
  10. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
  11. ROCKING CHAIR IN HAWAII
  12. BRAINWASHED