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Savoy Truffle by The Beatles

Album: The White AlbumReleased: 1968
  • This was inspired by Eric Clapton's love of chocolate. He and George Harrison were good friends.
  • George Harrison got the lyrics for this from the inside lid of a box of chocolates. Montelimart, Ginger Sling, Cream Tangerine, and Coffee Dessert were names of candies in the Mackintosh "Good News" assortment.
  • Beatles' publicist Derek Taylor wrote some of the words.
  • Harrison had the sax distorted to create a distinctive sound.
  • According to Mojo magazine, the line "You know that what you eat you are" was suggested to Harrison by the Beatles' press officer Derek Taylor.
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Comments: 46

i thought this song is about how Eric Clapton fell in love with George's wife and George made this song as a warning. Then George divorce his wife which later married with Clapton... which Eric also wrote about it in his song "Layla". Well that's what I knew, is it a fact or is it just coincidence?Fadhly - Tangerang, Indonesia
To: George, from Itaberaba, Brazil

Basically, you're an idiot for making remarks like that... it's well documented what the song is about... why don't you read a little before you start spouting stupidity? The song is simply about Eric Clapton's love of chocolates and the tooth pain from eating too many sweets. There's nothing more to it than that.

Anyway... very cool song, always loved it.
Jaif - Indianapolis, In
oh,i thought mccartney played the lead?Jiveswallow - Cherryvale, Australia
the song is dedicated to the truffles from the savoy hotel..which clapton enjoyed.Jiveswallow - Cherryvale, Australia
Francka, I read it on the NetRayna - Pembroke Pines, Fl
"'But when the pain cuts through
You're gonna know and how
The sweat is going to fill your head"
Britt, that refers to the intense, white-hot pain of a toothache from eating too much candy.
Rayna - Pembroke Pines, Fl
When I first heard this, I thought George was just extremely hungry when he wrote this.Julia - Milton, Pa
This is a very Harrisonian song. Very elegant, classy, and very english. Actually, the sax was not distorted at all. It is George playing the guitar along in the exact same arrangement only he is using a guitar effect called Fuzz.Jorge - Oakland, Ca
I think this is a classic rock song.It has a rough sound to the lead guitar,it has a surprisingly strong melody for an obscure song found on the back side of the White Album.But this song rocks,Harrison was having fun with the lyrics,and it's an entertaining listening experience.George - Belleville, Nj
I read somewhere - many moons ago so don't aske me where, all I know is that it was printed on paper - that the references to chocolate were definitely about Clapton's love of the brown stuff: chocolate & heroin. But, there's so much mythology read into the lyrics of so many songs that the only person that could answer this riddle is George who, Alas! is no longer with us in this life. Maybe someone can ask him in the next?
Peace.
Mceggy - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I get that the song has many references, one being about Eric's love of candy, but there a few weird lines of the song that make me wonder...
'But when the pain cuts through
You're gonna know and how
The sweat is going to fill your head'
Somebody tell me what this means.
This is one of my favorite George songs, very jazzy and energetic :)
Britt - Boston, Ma
sorry savoy truffle mispelled :)Charles - North Royalton, Oh
Savory truffle is one sexy sounding song. I believe that it is a metaphoric simile describing tasting a variety of different chocolates as to loving a variety of different women. Love is what the Beatles specialized in and changing lovers is every bit as painful and messy as pulling teeth for the passionate and creative George H.Charles - North Royalton, Oh
what does Savoy mean?Rosario - Naples, Fl
This song has a lot of tasty libidinous flavor to it, and I'm surprized it is one of the lesser known Beatles songs. It's a great triumph of imagery, harmony, and orchestration.

Dave Langen
David - Aiea, Hi
This is one of my favorite Beatles songs :]Nadine - Boston, Ma
From what I understand, Paul never really accepted Georgie Boy as an equal. Perhaps George was only delineating the irony by pointing out what a superiority complex could nevertheless sometimes yield: "Ob La Di," etc. But still, that would probably be due to Lennon's outspoken influence against his writing partner, because how can anyone ignore "Helter Skelter"? Bottom line, they belittled each other toward the end, but we, the fans, don't believe any of it. Also, like any good song, the meaning exists on many levels. But one notices that each level is analagous. You will uncover its totality in the phrase: "This is too much!" (The 60's; the assassinations, the riots, the Beatle bickering, the drugs etc.) Harrison wasn't too impressed with the Haight, pun intended. Harrison at this time is all of 23? He found solace juxtaposed The Bigger Picture, where one is at once alive and non-existent, take your pick (a choice, a choice, thank god for this choice, this free will as oppossed to the God-like will of John Lennon or Richard Nixon.)John - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
I believe the title is a homage to Savoy Brown, if I'm not mistaken...Meredith - Chesapeake, Va
I love this song! It makes me wanna eat chocolate thus it doesn't cos of the part were george says "When it becomes to much you shout aloud" which means it hurts really bad when they pull out your teeths.Bianca Sanchez - Alburquerque, Nm
Anyone know who was playing the 'Sax part'?Alan - Milwaukee, Wi
But those three AREN'T the ONLY animal songs on the album. What about "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey"?Michael - Oxford, England
This song referances Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da the forth track on the while album, and this is the forth from last track on the album, this was done on purpose along with putting all the tracks with animal names in a row blackbird, piggies, and rocky racconAndrew - Indianapolis, In
Enough about the mushrooms. Read George's book "I Me Mine" He wrote it about chocolate and Eric's cavities. Most of the names, 'cream tangerine' etc, were printed in the lid of the box of Macintosh's Good News Chocolates. Whitman's used to do the same thing in the US.

Beatles forever, especially my favorite. George is such a great first name.
George - Chicago, Il
This song is just great! I love the way he says montelimart, right after creme tangerine. I play that part over and over. And the part 'You'll have to have them all pulled them out after the Savoy Truffle'. Good job George! Wait to spread the word to the nation: don't eat too many sweets, or you'll have to have your teeth pulled out!Cameron - Bainsville, Canada
Always thought of mushrooms when this was playing...oh well, chocolate is better eh?
(song great too by the way)
Olle - Stockholm, Sweden
what r u talking about? pycadellic mushrooms? in candy, a 'truffle' can also refer to a small chocolate, i have had them, and they ARE NOT MUSHROOMS! also, i heard that 'savoy' was george harrison's favorite, small confectioner company that specialized in 'truffles. there you go! :PIzzy - Buffalo, Ny
Harrison got the idea for this song while consuming psychedelic mushrooms, which he dipped in chocolate.Zoloft - Milton, Wv
I've always loved this song, but never understood what the 'have them all pulled out' referred to until today. Makes such sense now. I think the last verse is probably a reference to the sometimes excessive sweetness of McCartney's tunes, comparing them to chocolates, but most of it is about excessive indulgence generally and how it can come back to bite you. George was very into that question right around the time this was recorded. There are also shades of it in "Piggies" on the same album. So the chocolates destroying your teeth, while connected to Clapton (who was around for these sessions doing guitar work on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'), really refers to a larger lesson.Dennis - Anchorage, Ak
I wish this song would have been included on The Beatles blue greatest hits CD in place of Old Brown Shoe.Steve - Fenton, Mo
I love the guitar solo in this song and the lyrics, though odd, are somehow cool too.Mike - Newark, Nd
rayna - how do you know this?Francka - Ljubljana, La
The names of the sweet delights mentioned are real candies in a British assortment. Eric Clapton looooved chocolate beyond the law, and this played havoc with his teeth, so yes, the "they" that would have to be pulled out were, in fact, Eric C.'s choppers if he didn't lay off the chocsRayna - Pembroke Pines, Fl
George was just lucky Lennon and Mccartney decided on a double album, this great song probably would have been left off and appeared on All Things Must Pass or later on in George's solo career.Mark - Virginia Beach, Va
Hey George from Brazil, i really doubt that this is about cocaine.... but i love all you guys that love the Beatles.Matt - Niagara Falls, Ny
I think Savoy Truffle it's a very, very cool song, one of George's best. But, I guess, it's about drugs. "You might not feel it now, but when the pain cuts through you're gonna know and how". These verses are weird. I think that The Beatles wrote a few songs about drugs, but this one, I'm sure, is about cocaine.George - Itaberaba, Brazil
This is one of my favorite Beatles song Especially Harrison, because that has a nice Eric Clapton like guitar solo from George Harrison.Melissa - Fairborn, Oh
The song is about mushroom choclates. Just listen.Ari - St.louis, Mo
I don't think we need to read too much into the lyrics of this song. If its true George and Eric C. loved chocolate then that's enough reason to write this song and any English person over 40 would recognise all the references to the chocolatesand brands mentioned. And obviously eating too much chocolate would cause tooth decay and you probably would have "to have them all pulled out" after the Savoy Truffle.Steve - Liverpool, England
i knew it was about chocolate!!!Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
To me, the song is an obvious dig at Paul's penchant for lighter material...

"What is sweet now, turns so sour
We all know Ob la di bla da,
But can you show me where you are?"
K - Orlando, Fl
Gotta love the sax. And Paul's hot on this one, too.Nessie - Sapporo, Japan
I know,Mike This song makes me hungary(did i spell that right)each time I hear it.Scott Baldwin - Edmonton, Canada
That song makes me hungry...hehMike - Jackson, Nj
Brittanie, I think it does actually have to do with having teeth pulled.Paulo - New York, Ny
George lays down a pretty solid guitar solo on this track.Adrian - Wilmington, De
When it says "you'll have to have them all pulled out after the Savoy Truffle" ha, for some reason I think of having teeth pulled. Probably because me mum had to get a tooth pulled the day before I got the White Album CD. And I played it for her, it was great. Ha, whatever.Brittanie - Liverpool, England