Crackerbox Palace

Album: 33 and 1/3 (1976)
Charted: 19

Songfacts®:

  • Harrison's line "It's twoo, it's twoo" was lifted from the movie Blazing Saddles. It was a line spoken by Madeline Kahn about what she had heard about black men. George loved offbeat comedies like that.
  • In the music video, future Rutle Neil Innes played the nurse pushing George in a pram. George's future wife Olivia Arias played one of the scantly dressed women standing next to his bed. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ken - Louisville, KY, for above 2
  • This song was inspired by Friar Park, a 120 room neo-Gothic mansion that Harrison lived in from 1970, until his death in 2001. The song's title was Harrison's nickname for his home.

Comments: 12

  • Jonathan F Hayden from Nashville Nc Grew up with Beatles and love John and George .
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.I Loved this unique tune with its catchy loopy, droopy, drippy sound!

    At first I didn’t know it was George Harrison, but years later, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was one if his songs...
  • Joost from HollandJim from Ocean Grove thinks Eric Clapton appears in the video (see below). I think the bearded man is not Clapton, but another Eric: Eric Idle, the man who directed this video.
  • Jim from Ocean Grove, Nj1. George bought Friar Park, Henley on Thames, in 1970. Previous owner was somewhat eccentric and so are the mansion and grounds.
    2. George was a fan of the comedy of Richard Buckley, who had an English father but was an American comedian popular in the 1950s, who created a character LORD BUCKLEY (mocking a British Lord).
    3. George met Buckley's former manager, George Greif, in late 1975 or 1976, who told him that Buckley's estate on the Echo Park area of Los Angeles was called Crackerbox Palace. George loved the name and began to call his Friar Park estate Crackerbox Palace.
    4. George was a fan of the comedy of Monty Python and got them involved in making a video for this song in October, 1976. Many of George's friends are in the video (I think bearded Eric Clapton appears for a second sitting in a chair in the mansion, about 3/4 of the way through the video).
    5. The line about the Lord is inside of you can mean BOTH the Lord Krsna (or simply God is immanent) and Lord Buckley, ie have comedy in your life, know that there is joy in this world.
  • Mark Lassman from Simi Valley, CaKayleigh, George Harrison did appear as a music guest on this November 20, 1976 showing of SNL, but he was not the host. The host of that night’s show was Paul Simon. NBC showed this program earlier tonight. Yes, it featured the premier of the "Crackerbox Palace" video, as has been mentioned.
  • Purusha Dasa from TxRead more about the Paramatma, the expansion of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, about whom George sings in the lyric "...know that the Lord is well and inside of you...."

    http://www.krishna.com/info/supersoul-paramatma
  • Purusha Dasa from TxGeorge Harrison was a well-known devotee of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, (AKA a "Hare Krishna.")

    The line "...know that the Lord is well and inside of you...." is a reference to the Paramatma, the expansion of the Supreme Lord who is present in the hearts of all living entities.
  • Kkevin from Oakville, Ontarui, CanadaI believe the video was directed by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.
  • Kkevin from Oakville, Ontarui, CanadaThe line: "...know that the Lord is well and inside of you." is a reference to Lord Buckley; not a religious reference.
  • Jema from South Portland, MeI absolutely love this song!It's one of my very top favorites from George,it's also one of my top favorites out of every song I've ever heard.I always listen to this more then ounce at a time,I can't get enough of it.It bothers me how much I really love this song.This song is another example of why George's solo music is my favorite out of John,Paul and Ringo.
  • Kayleigh from Mystic, CtI was watching SNL from the 70s and George Harrison was the host, and he showed a clip from "Crackerbox Palace" that he did.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThe song's title was inspired by the name of comedian Lord Buckley's L.A. estate.
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