Long, Long, Long

Album: The White Album (1968)
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  • George Harrison wrote this and sang all the vocals. The "you" in the song refers to God.
  • The Beatles recorded 67 takes.
  • The rattling sound at the end is a bottle of Blue Nun wine that was left on a speaker.
  • The last 30 seconds of this song has been called an audio simulation of Paul's supposed death in 1966. >>
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Comments: 57

  • Nikolai from Los Angeles, Cato - chloe, st. louis, MO

    John didn't play on any of the songs George wrote for the White Album, his only contribution to a Harrison song for the White Album is the oinking noise on "Piggies"

    I like this song because it's got a lot of emotion because George is finally reconnecting with something that mattered to him but hurt him. I'm not that fond of God in songs, but as long as it doesn't get preachy and because this seems deeply personal, it gives this track more emotion than George would typically show.
  • Jema from South Portland, MeGeorge's voice is very very beautiful in this song.One of my top faves of his songs!
  • Fausto from Quito, Ecuadori love this song !! very underrated is my fave from th white album and also my george's fave one
  • Dnnz from Aqp, PeruI hate how simpletons think all songs are about a girl or puppy love when really the trascend to something much deeper and . And yes the "you" reffers to god but in such a special way that it isn't your god or his god or god in fact but just a magical thought and one more thing for those who think that you're cool 'cause you don't like christianism it's stupid how you link that to the word god well anyway we're all stupid even beatles
  • Ben from London, United KingdomI've always felt this to be the most underrated Beatles song of all time. The mood is sombre, creepy and at the same time beautiful and complex.
  • Blair from Nowhere, NhTruly a great ending to side 3---so unexpected as well, especially right after the heaviness of "Helter Skelter"
    George was, is and always will be Awesome!
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaHaunting.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Moi find it kind of odd that john agreed to do this song if its about god. he always had problems with organized religion- i can agree with him there.
  • G from Potomac, MdWade - absolutely right. Listen to "Absolutely Curtains" from Obscured by Clouds for a good example.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiIt only gets loud at the end with the wine bottle rattling and all. I swear, up until that point I need my MP3 player's volume to be about 25 to hear it very well at all.
  • Wade from Adelaide, AustraliaI reckon this song definitely influenced pink floyd
  • Sam from Seattle, WaI don't get how people can say this is one of the best beatle songs ever. There are so many much better beatle songs.
  • Eric from Buffalo, NyYeah I really wish this song was louder. I crank it all the way up on my ipod and I still want more!!! It's a great song though. One of the few organ based Harrison songs that's very good.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiProbably the best George song. I would not say best Beatles song ever written, but I would say one of the top 5 Beatles songs, and the second or third best off The White Album, it would be in my top 10 songs for sure.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiAnybody notice how truly quiet this song is? Compared to Helter Skelter, the song before it on the album and the loudest song on the album, you can barely even hear this song.
  • Paul from Austin, TxBoy, you can say that again! Great song, in 6/8 and sometimes 3/8 time, which is rare in a rock song.
  • Sean from Trenton, Njprobably the most underrated george song
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, InHands down the white album is the greatest album ever. While I disagree with the Rolling Stone list of a few years back of placing the white album below the Sgt. Peppers. I do believe that Sgt. Peppers was more experiminational, the white album is the tightest most complete album ever. Contributions from all four members. The commentary on songs like revolution and the comments about god on songs like long, long, long, and the laying down the ground work for 70's hard rock in helter skelter. Just think that the beatles were in their mid 20's when they recorded it. It makes me feel like i've never done anything in my life.
  • Greg Zaret from Garden Grove, CaThis site lets us rate songs. I just can't rate a Beatles song lower than *. No, I'm not telling. All of their songs are great. I love that George Harrison writes about God, while John Lennon professed some problems with religion (yes, I realize God and religion are different) in general later on in his all too short life. Aren't differences wonderful?
  • Mike from Philly, PaI dont care who you is him, i know who it is to me. Love this song.
  • Kristina from Albuquerque, NmOne of the greatest things about George's songs is that "you" can either be God or a person-- you can use it how you wish. The placement of this song within the album is a blessing and a curse. Since it's between two loud songs (Helter Skelter and Revolution) it's kind of buried, but it is also a really nice contrast. The track sequence is so important on the White Album. Absolutely awesome song, though.
  • Izzy from Buffalo, Nythis song is kinda weird, and I dont get a lot of it. But, when im stressed, it helps me to relax. its one of their more simple songs.
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaI respect George very much for giving his own honesty regarding feelings of religion, and I'm not saying he doesn't deserve the right to express that. I just can't "feel" the song if it's about God. It's not a mental state of mind I'm trapping myself in. It's honestly how I feel, and I just can't make myself feel any differently, but just because this song is about God doesn't mean I think any less of George or anything. I love George very much, and it's very saddening that such a kind, wonderful, and musically gifted man had to die before his time. :(
  • Tom from Pawtucket, RiI guess songs mean different things to different people regardless of the songwriter's original intent, which is why music can be so powerful and affect so many. Lennon is seen as boldly honest and bad-ass for having the courage to say the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus." Shouldn't George be given some credit for his own honesty regarding feelings of religion as represented in this song?
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandYou know, I think I heard this song when too young to appreciate it properly. I was about 13 when I discovered The Beatles and heard the whole canon (and had a copy of most of it) by the time I was 15. It's only now that I'm appreciating the depth to some of them. Having read the last message, I'll tune back into this song with the thought that it was about a woman he'd spent years searching for and finally found - thinking it was about a deity didn't make it especially profound for me either
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaTom, I can't speak for everyone else here, but I'll give you MY reasons. It's not exactly that I have a problem with it being about God. It doesn't change the fact that it's still a very beautiful song, and certainly one of their best. It's just that I'm not Christian, and topics of God don't really have appeal on me. When I first heard this song, I thought it was about a woman he'd spent years searching for and finally found, and never had a song sucked so much emotion out of me. When I learned it was about God, I just thought "Oh!", and it killed a lot of the emotion in the song for me. I have nothing against Christianity or anything, but I just think it makes a better song if it's about a woman, but that's just me. When I ignore the fact that it's about God (just like ignoring the fact that "Got To Get You Into My Life" is about drugs), I can appreciate the song again, but never to the extent that I used to be able to.
  • Tom from Pawtucket, RiSome people seem to have a problem with the song being about God. Why? It's not "cool" enough? I love the Beatles more than anything, but some of the greatest music ever written in Western culture was inspired by and is about "God." The Beatles wouldn't have happened without Bach, Handel, Mozart, or Beethoven.
  • AnonymousThere seems to be some doubt about who the 'you' in the song is. Page 132 of George's autobiography says it clearly. "The 'you' in Long Long Long is God."
    Straight from the Dark Horse's mouth.
  • Rob from Leland, MsI think this is one of the best Beatles songs too. one of my favs. Its a shame most people dont feel this song. i guess most people dont have much soul. I think George wrote some of the Beatles' best...
  • Mike from Newark, NdHaunting tune.....great lyrics. George at his best, I think. Love this song.
  • Luna from London, EnglandI love this song! Its just a plain great song! Its so chilling to hear him sing about God, if you think about his death. I will always be a Beatles Fan and on the aniversaries of George and John's deaths, I wear black.
  • Brian from Albertville, MnI don't think George was unconsiously stealing "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" - I'm pretty sure he did it on purpose. People borrow melodies all the time. It's been going on for centuries. Dylan took a Johnny Cash melody for "Don't Think Twice It's Allright," and Cash probably took it from some other song. The reason "My Sweet Lord" became an issue was because some opportunistic lawyer bought the rights to "He's So Fine" so he could sue George. Kind of defeats the purpose of copyright, which is to protect the creators.... After all, Dylan was good friends with George - on George's death Dylan had this to say - "He inspired love and had the strength of a hundred men. He was like the sun, the flowers and the moon, and we will miss him enormously. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him"
  • John from Dublin, United StatesI always found the intrumental melody to be uncomfotably similar to Bob Dylan's 'Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands". I always presumed Bob stole it from George, until I realised "Sad Eyed" was written first. So another example of George's gift for conscious or unintentional plagiarism.
  • Niki from Chicago, IlI love this song. One of the bests Beatle songs written by George!!
  • Rhedyn Williams from Bristol, EnglandRe: The songfact about the bottle of Blue Nun, love the fact that even though the boys were minted by now, they were still drinking £2.99 Liebfraumilch....hee hee. Just makes me identify with them even more. Beatles forever x
  • Laura from Santa Fe, NmGO george!!!
  • Evan Blom from Coos Bay, Ori like the contrast of this to Helter Skelter
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandI've read Revolution in the Head. It says that Nowhere Man is pretty dire and that Blue Jay Way 'fails to transcend the boredom that inspired it'.

    Ian MacDonald rates Something as better than anything else by George (if I remember rightly), so he wouldn't be calling Longx3 the Best.

    He's just like us, he has his likes and dislikes. He didn't like While My Guitar Gently Weeps either. Some people.
  • Henry from Victoria, CanadaGreat art is definitely not always widely known; true beauty endures quietly. Long, Long, Long is deeply expressive and spiritual, coming from the soul. Not made for mass-consumption. This is a timeless song that will continue to age well and eventually outlast many other Beatle songs that are currently considered superior because of their more obvious pop appeal. In response to the previous post, it is spoken of highly by the respected music writer Ian MacDonald in his book, Revolution in the Head (an essential book for Beatle fans). In response to the other posts that express discomfort toward the song's spirituality, this song is about higher Love, not attachment to any religion or dogma. A pure song, beautifully performed.
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandI know what you mean (last comment) but great songs (paintings, novels, plays, poems even) tend to be known widely. I have never known a musicologist or other musicians to list this song as a stand-out among Beatle songs. I think that it could be described as 'great' if you insist, or 'my fave' but 'best'! A better effort by George than 'Something' then?
  • Jason from Austin, TxI agree with the God idea, so let's pretend it's about a woman... but who said that the best songs are released as singles or are known to the "world at large" to any capacity? I would say that it works in almost the opposite way, especially with the Beatles.
  • Dino from Athens, GreeceGreat song from a great songwriter... The only thing I don't like is that it refers to God... I hope it was for Patti.
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandIt is a nice song, and you are entitled your opinions, but - the best Beatles song?

    If so, you'd have thought it would a) have been a single, then and b) be known to the world at large!
  • Henry from Victoria, CanadaBeautiful song, very soulful. The wail at the end is probably George. Since John didn't play on this track, it's highly unlikely that Yoko would be sitting in on this session.
  • Mike from Fort Worth, TxGroaning at the end is supposedly Yoko Ono, who we all know first appeared on the scene during the White Album sessions in 1968.
  • Joe from Allston, MaDefinitely one of the best songs the Beatles ever recorded.
  • Angelica from La Puente, CaScott, George met Patti in 1964 on the set of A Hard Day's Night. She played one of the school girls on the train.
  • Scott Baldwin from Edmonton, CanadaSomeone On this site said that "you" refers to patti boyd.It actually dosent because Harrison didn't meet her until after the white album was released.Anyways,great kick-ass song.
  • Scott Baldwin from Edmonton, CanadaWaht's with the groaning sound at the end? and the chimes?
  • Mike from London, EnglandActually, "you" refers to Patti Boyd. All the Beatles sang about their wives and lovers in loads of songs.
    In "You've got to hide your love away," some say John is confessing his love for Brian Epstein, even though he's probably telling him simply not to come out of the closet as he'll have his ass busted by the pigs
  • Ash from Charleston, WvAdrian: Fair enough.
  • Anonymous from Chicago, Il...i really hope you're joking Paulo.
  • Paulo from New York, NyI don't believe this song is about God. Has to be about drugs. ;)
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeGeorge wrote this about God. And Ash, everyone is entitled to their opinion so chill out.
  • Ash from Charleston, WvBest Beatles song ever written.................best Beatles song ever written???? Hang on a sec.............okay, I'm back. You think Long, Long, Long is the best Beatles song ever written???


    if you say so
  • Eva from Dallas, TxDid George write this about Patti Boyd?
  • Brooks from Vero Beach, FlBest beatles song ever written
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