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At number 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Something”. This is one of George Harrison’s best known songs, and was the first (and last) time that one of his songs was released as a Beatles’ single, along with “Come Together” (which I blogged about here). As I said in that blogpost, “Something/Come Together” only got to number 4 in the Disunited Kingdom, but in the USA “Something” got to number 1, the first George Harrison composed song to top the US charts.

“Something” was highly praised by Harrison’s more illustrious songwriting band members, John Lennon said it was the best track on the Abbey Road album, and Paul McCartney said it was the best song that Harrison has ever written.

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At number 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Something”

The official video for “Something” was shot in August 1969, during the Beatles’ last photo shoot at Lennon’s Titenhursr Park estate. By this time, they could barely bear to be in each other’s company. The video shows each band member with their wives, but not with each other. It illustrates how they had become separated as band members, Lennon had already told the others that he wanted out, but McCartney had persuaded him to not go public about it. Within a few months their official split would be announced by McCartney. The photo below, one of those taken during this last photo shoot, again shows the distance which had grown between them.

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Taken during the Beatles’ last ever photo shoot, in August 1969 at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park estate.

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don’t need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around and it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Unfortunately I cannot find The Beatles’ version of “Something” on YouTube, but here is a version of George Harrison performing it live in Japan with Eric Clapton.

Which is your favourite George Harrison song?

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At number 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Abbey Road Medley”. This refers to the sequence of songs which merge into each other on the second side of their album Abbey Road. The second side of Abbey Road opens with “Here Comes the Sun”, then “Because”, and this is followed by the medley.

There are 8 songs in the medley, in order they are “You Never Give Me Your Money” (McCartney), “Sun King” (Lennon), “Mean Mr. Mustard” (Lennon), “Polythene Pam” (Lennon), “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” (McCartney), “Golden Slumbers” (McCartney), “Carry That Weight” (McCartney) and “The End” (McCartney). There is no conceptual link between the songs, rather they just merge into each other, culminating in “The End”, with McCartney’s unforgettable lines “And / in the end / the love you take / Is equal to / the love you make”.

At number 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Abbey Road Medley".

At number 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Abbey Road Medley”.

Most of the songs in the medley do not seem to be available on YouTube, but I have found this video of the last 3, namely “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End”.

Here are the lyrics to each of these songs. First, “Golden Slumbers”

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

Next, “Carry That Weight”

Boy, you’re going to carry that weight,
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you’re going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you’re going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you’re going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

Finally, “The End”

Oh yeah, all right
Are you going to be in my dreams
Tonight?

[Drum solo]

[Guitar solos]

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love
You make

And, here is the video of these three wonderful songs. Enjoy!

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At number 28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is George Harrison’s 1969 masterpiece “Here Comes the Sun”, one of my favourite Beatles songs. This song was composed by Harrison during a difficult time when the Beatles were frequently bickering. One day, Harrison decided to play truant from a planned business meeting at the band’s Apple Corps organisation. Instead, he went to see his friend Eric Clapton; the song was composed in Clapton’s garden. According to Clapton, it was April 1969.

“Here Comes the Sun” was recorded over the summer of 1969, and appears as the first track on the second side of their 1969 album Abbey Road, which was released in September 1969. The song was never released as a single, although it has gone on to be one of Harrison’s best known compositions.

At number 28 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Here Comes the Sun".

At number 28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Here Comes the Sun”.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

I cannot find a video of the Beatles’ version of Here Comes the Sun on YouTube, but I have found this version of George Harrison performing it live in concert. Enjoy!

 

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