Friday, February 25, 2011

Still My Guitar Gently Weeps...

Lovely birthday suit, George! (photo: Richard Avedon)

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle," Harrison was a devotee of Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience, to include Eastern thought and practices.

Following the band's break-up, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer. Harrison is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." [Wikipedia]



Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me

I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now






I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you.

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you.

I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all...
Still my guitar gently weeps.




We were talking
About the space between us all
And the people
Who hide themselves behind a wall
Of illusion,
Never glimpse the truth,
Then it's far too late
When they pass away.

We were talking
About the love we all could share
When we find it
To try our best to hold it there
With our love,
With our love
We could save the world,
If they only knew.

Try to realize it's all within yourself
No-one else can make you change;
And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows on within you and without you.


We were talking
About the love that's gone so cold
And the people

Who gain the world and lose their soul.
They don't know,
They can't see,
Are you one of them?

When you've seen beyond yourself
Then you may find peace of mind
Is waiting there.
And the time will come when you see
We're all one, and life flows on
Within you and without you.


[This birthday tribute is especially for my dear friend Arakah who, on a recent visit from Singapore, confessed she had never heard of George Harrison and hardly knows any Beatles songs.]

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

it is ok to not to know the beatles or any of their song...

Antares said...

Of course, it's okay! But with almost everything accessible online and downloadable these days, how exciting to discover afresh all the excellent music from the 1960s and 1970s that reshaped the 20th century and made the 21st what it promises to be! :-)

Pat said...

When I went back and 'discovered' who had written which Beatle song, I found out that all my favourites were penned by George Harrison!

I have a beautiful live version of his 'While my guitar gently weeps' and it's absolutely perfect. It's a brilliant piece.

But I can't decide which I love more: That or 'Here comes the sun'! :)

masterwordsmith said...

Thanks for this post, Antares. This is a beautiful song that deserves MUCH more airing that what it has received in the past. Take care and hope to hear you singing this song!

Take care, dear friend.

Hugs

newd acid said...

Love the unmistakably melody of "Here comes the sun"

Singam said...

Harrison was my favourite Beatle. There was something about his music that I could identify with.

Lennon, I appreciated from afar.

Singam said...

Here's another take on guitars gently weeping... albeit uptempo, it's wonderful to see the masters spur each other on!

http://bit.ly/hrxrFd