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Song Of The Week - Here Comes The Sun

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nimrod:
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right



"Here Comes the Sun" is one of Harrison's best-known Beatles contributions alongside "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". The year 1969 was difficult for Harrison: he had quit the band temporarily, he was arrested for marijuana possession, and he had his tonsils removed.
Harrison stated in his autobiography, I, Me, Mine:

"Here Comes the Sun" was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: 'Sign this' and 'sign that'. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton's house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote "Here Comes the Sun".

As Clapton states in his autobiography, the house in question is known as "Hurtwood". When interviewed in the Martin Scorcese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Clapton said he believed the month was April. Data from two meteorological stations in the London area show that April 1969 set a record for sunlight hours for the 1960s. The Greenwich station recorded 189 hours for April, a high that was not beaten until 1984. The Greenwich data also shows that February and March were much colder than the norm for the 1960s, which would account for Harrison's reference to a "long, lonely winter".


Personnel

George Harrison – lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Moog synthesizer, handclaps
Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, handclaps
Ringo Starr – drums, handclaps
Orchestra
Uncredited – four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes, two clarinets

Moogmodule:
John was slacking off again I see

nimrod:
with Yoko

Klang:

Feel good tune. Clearly one of his best.

My oldest, best friend recently passed, and it was a particular fave of his. I'll always think of him when I hear it.

 :)

Moogmodule:
Definitely a top song. It's rightly become a pop/rock standard. George manages to make it light lyrically and musically. You feel the uplifting mood in the arrangement. The lyrics are simple and the song is stronger for that.

If George had tried more songs like this rather than trying to teach us heavy handed spiritual and life lessons his solo career might have had a few more highs than it did.


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