This was one of the songs Harrison had saved up from his days with The Beatles. He wrote a lot of songs, but so did John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and most Beatles albums contained only one or two of Harrison's compositions; although his songs like "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun" are considered classics by many Beatles fans. When the band broke up, Harrison released a triple album that contained many songs he wrote when he was a Beatle.
The song is about moving on in life. Harrison was dealing with the breakup of The Beatles.
Harrison had Phil Spector produce the album and brought in some outstanding musicians to play on it, including Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. Those 4 formed Derek and the Dominos during the sessions. When they were done with All Things Must Pass, they went to England and started touring and working on their own album, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which was released around the same time as All Things Must Pass.
In 2003, Bobby Whitlock released an acoustic version on his album Other Assorted Love Songs. The album was recorded at a live show he played with his wife, Kim Carmel, and released on their own Domino Label. For more on the All Things Must Pass and the story of Derek and the Dominos, check out our Bobby Whitlock interview.
Harrison first recorded this as a demo at Abbey Road on February 25, 1969, his 26th birthday. Other demos recorded that day were "Old Brown Shoe" and "Something."
Jules from OregonAmazing song. Anthology version is great. Very evocative song. All does pass and quickly.
Jordan from Walkerton, InHe originally wrote the song for his father when Georges' mother had died as a way to cheer him up.
Ruth from Indianapolis, InActually, the best version of this (and I love George) is from one of the the River Rhine Session bootlegs where John, George, and Paul are harmonizing together on the chorus. It's simply chilling to listen to.
Ken from Louisville, KyWhen George first brought this song to the Beatles in 1968, John suggested the line "A mind can blow the clouds away", as being more cosmic. George liked it and changed the line.
Boots from Manila, PhilippinesIn one of the sessions of Let It Be where the Beatles are seen rehearsing this song, George seems to prod John on how the harmony should sound. Had the group completed the recording of this song and included in their album,I am quite certain it would have been a "more smash hit" and may be George's best song ever written.
Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaI wish Be Here Now was in the list....one of the most beautiful songs ever written. George was a genious
Beatlesfan64 from Dallas, TxThis song is awesome one of George Harrisons best the world will never forget the ¨Quiet Beatle¨
Ken from Louisville, KyGeorge wrote this song in late 1968, before the Beatles split. It was a song about a man leaving a woman because relationships are not meant to last, like everything else in life. ("So I must be on my way, to face another day"). And the woman should not feel sad about it because things will get better ("It's not always gonna be this grey").
Ken from Louisville, KyPaul McCartney sang this song at the "Concert For George" held in 2002 (a year after George's death). Reportedly it inspired Paul's song "The End Of The End" on his 2007 album "Memory Almost Full".
Mad from Newcastle, Englandits a beautiful song, but even though it was written about all the losses he was at the time experiencing, it reminds me of him, and is a great comfort to me when i just think, why did he die?
Jay from Mullica Hill, NjConnection??? Layla is Patti Boyd. Hence the Title of the song. In fact, I need you & Something (GH) and Wonderful Tonight (EC) are also about Patti Boyd.
Chewy from Winnipeg, CanadaThis song isn't about the breakup of the beatles, but the death of his mother. In "dark horse" the harrison biography there is a section that talks about how he was traveling on the road when his mother passed and wrote the song from that experience. amazing song.
Francka from Ljubljana, LaListen to the Anthology version. It's even better
Melissa from Fairborn, OhThis is one of my favorite solo George Harrison album. In fact it was a major solo album and spent seven weeks at number 1 in late 1970 and early 1971 from George Harrison.
Jessica from Lincoln, NeLost love, no matter what or whom it involved is this song. Love and the unending hurt coupled with the future loves, it is the true "song that never ends".
Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI haaven't heard the album version, but the anthology version is beautiful!
Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScBrina. george and Patttt didn't divorce until 1977, and I'm not sure when thye got married.
Brina from Ljubljana, EuropeI think that it also had to do with the end of George's relationship with Pattie Boyd.
Loretta from Liverpool, Englandyea... I love the anthology 3 demo. People talk about "Let it Be" being overproduced!!!! The strings and horns and etc. on that album make it seem dark and epic, but they turn this album into fluff. the demo is wildly out of tune, but texture-wise, I much prefer it.
Schmitty from Vienna, VaJoel: bobby whitlock was in Derek and the Dominos....this is why he titled the album Other Assorted Love Songs and why he named the label Domino
Henry from Victoria, CanadaCheck the stripped down demo version that appears on the Beatles Anthology 3. It's much more expressive and spriritual than the over-produced album version.
Joel from Montreal, CanadaRegarding the last Songfact ... Derek and the Dominoes (which featured Eric Clapton) released an album called "Layla and Other Assorted Lovesongs" ... Eric Clapton and George Harrison were good friends. Any connection here?