This Song

Album: 33 and 1/3 (1976)
Charted: 25
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Songfacts®:

  • This was Harrison's humorous send-up of the "He's So Fine"/"My Sweet Lord" plagiarism court case. The entire lyric has a playful reference to the case ("My expert tells me it's OK"), and one point, George trails off with, "This song could be...?" and Eric Idle chimes in with "Could be 'Sugar Pie Honey Bunch'? Naw! Sounds more like 'Rescue Me!'" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ken - Louisville, KY
  • The line, "This tune has nothing Bright about it," is a reference to Bright Tunes Music, the company that owned the publishing rights to "My Sweet Lord" and sued Harrison.
  • Harrison made a video for this song where he is seen pleading his case in courtroom that devolves into a full-on circus by the end, a metaphor for the actual proceedings. The video was shown on Saturday Night Live when Harrison was the musical guest on November 20, 1976. On the same show, Harrison's video for "Crackerbox Palace" also aired.

Comments: 11

  • Philc from NyAnd is that Michael Richards at the defense table looking rather ghoulish?
  • Vern from Usa(Picture it) George's tongue in cheek with middle finger raised at "Bright".
  • Ken from Louisville, KyFrom the album 33 1/3, the number of revolutions per minute of a vinyl album on a turntable AND George's age when the album was released.
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, Pa"This tune has nothing bright about it" I am just guessing this is what he means: George was sued by Bright Tunes music company. So maybe he is saying that there is nothing like "bright" about it.
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, PaI am in love with this song!
  • Arjan from Almere, NetherlandsIt's actually Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods (I'm not sure about Ronnie though) who sing the Monty Python style in the song
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThe album this was taken from, 33 1/3, is often overlooked or forgotten, but it's really one of George's best. It came not too long after Extra Texture, which is pretty weak. In addition to this fun song, "Crackerbox Palace," "Woman Don't You Cry For Me," "Beautiful Girl," and a cool, breezy version of Cole Porter's "True Love" are standout tracks.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn the music video, Olivia Arias (later Harrison) plays "Lady Justice" - the blindfolded woman in a toga holding the scales of justice. The video was shot in an actual Los Angeles courtroom on a Sunday. Drummer Jim Keltner played the judge, keeping time with his gavel.
  • Pointless Commenter from London, EnglandI knew about this song but had forgotten all about it. Then I remembered it again. If you don't know about this song, you really should find out about it. It is well worth remembering, even if you sometimes forget it.
  • Carissa from La Mirada, Ca I love this song! It really shows George's good sense of humor!
  • Mauricio from Hanford, CaNever knew about this song...
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