Tuesdays Tunes: 30 JUN 2020, Featuring “Give Me Love” by George Harrison

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The “quiet” Beatle…the one who just wanted to play his guitar…the one who was not given too many chances to place his songs on Beatles albums…but the one who later surfaced and during his solo career surpassed the others…George, the mystical one, the one who from the beginning said “Don’t Bother Me”…

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(First song written by George Harrison, appeared in With the Beatles 1963, the Fab Four’s first album)

George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England on the 25th of February, 1943. He wrote “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” between 1971 and 1972. The song was released in 1973 and it reached number one, displacing Paul McCartney’s “My Love”. It was included in the album Living in the Material World.

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I always loved this song. I thought of it as a prayer that followed, logically and spiritually, the call to God in “My Sweet Lord“. And although I remember buying the album All Things Must Pass and really getting into it, of course, while still in High School, when Living in the Material World came out I really knew George was the best. All Things Must Pass is highly orchestrated and arranged…produced in part by Phil Spector with his wall of sound…but Living in the Material World is more folkish, less instruments, more slide guitar and that’s more my style. For this album George used musicians Gary Wright, Klaus Voorman, John Barham, Nicky Hopkins and Ringo Starr…as well as others that filled in as needed, namely Leon Russel…as well as Jim Keltner, who had played with Harrison in 1971 in the Concert for Bangladesh.

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Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth“, whose title alone is a wonderful wish, was a prayer by George, to be free of karma and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. He stated that the song is “a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it”.

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I like it. It was released in May of ’73…a great year for music. I still listen to that song and it sounds as fresh as the day I first heard it back in High School. The slide guitar solos and the acoustic guitar work…all done by George…give the song an easy flowing feeling that really enhances the strength of the words, the intensity of the prayer.

And looking at this song as a way to mend the present, it seems so far above the random calls for violence, for destruction of history, for the desecration of the the holy, as they did spray paint St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The call, in the early seventies…a time ripe for protests and a time when protests were occurring all over against the Vietnam War…was for Peace on Earth. George was making a plea to God to for Love, for Peace and to remain free from the bonds of karma. It was as much a spiritual quest for him as a plea to become the mantra of the generation of Peace and Love.

George Harrison - "Love Comes To Everyone" - YouTube

I will miss not being able to listen to anything new that George would have written. He passed away on 29 NOV 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA. However, what he left behind, including his last album, Brainwashed, which was released in 2002, and which I love, will always be a reminder that, although, Lennon and McCartney considered George the “junior” Beatle, he was a force to be reckoned with in music.

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Play on my friend…

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8 comments

  1. Brad Osborne · 10 Days Ago

    Though often outshined by the larger egos of Paul and John, both natural extroverts, George was a star in his own right. In a period of highly produced songs relying heavily on electric and synthesized guitar, his true talent could be heard in his beautiful acoustic guitar work. George did not relegate himself to the formulaic pop writing that Paul and John so heavily banked on. His songs are more personal and meant to sound different. Certainly his solo career gave his fans a better taste of his talents. Well written and great post, Francisco!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 10 Days Ago

      Yes, I quite agree Brad…the formula that produced so many hits for the early Beatles, worked for George up to the time when he wrote one of the most popular Beatles songs, “Something”. During his solo career, in my opinion, he shone much brighter than John and even Paul, although commercially Ringo has surpassed them all. But the spirituality, the depth of the lyrics and the style of the music that George employed after the breakup served to distinguish him and to set him as a force in music to be reckoned with. I’ve always been a big fan and a lot of the Beatles songs that I loved were George songs…thanks again my friend and all the best,
      Francisco

  2. tiffanyarpdaleo · 9 Days Ago

    Such a deep and spiritual person, I love all his songs!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 9 Days Ago

      I am with you on that one Tiffany. I’ve always loved his songs and admired his sense of spirituality…

  3. cincinnatibabyhead · 9 Days Ago

    George is not a hard guy to listen to. Like this cut. Good piece Francisco.

  4. ourcrossings · 9 Days Ago

    At one point, he was one of the most famous people on the planet, but you could easily tell, he loathed superstardom. Although he was often overshadowed by the partnership of Paul and John, he was a master musician in his own right. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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