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Composed by George Harrison-RIP....He was 24 at the time
Incredibly beautiful & insightful imho.....
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
"Within You Without You"
We're not trying to outwit the public. The whole idea is to try a little bit to lead people into different tastes. – George Harrison, 1967
Harrison wrote the Hindustani classical music-inspired "Within You Without You" after the decision was made to discard "Only a Northern Song". The lyrics reflect Harrison's immersion in the teachings of the Hindu Vedas while its musical form and Indian instrumentation, such as sitar, tabla, dilrubas and tamburas, recall the Hindu devotional tradition known as bhajan.
Harrison recorded the song with London-based Indian musicians from the Asian Music Circle; none of the other Beatles participated in the recording. The track features a tempo rubato that is without precedent in the Beatles' catalogue.[167
] The pitch is derived from the eastern Khamaj scale, which is akin to the Mixolydian mode in the West. MacDonald regards the song as "the most distant departure from the staple Beatles sound in their discography", and a work that represents the "conscience" of the LP through the lyrics' rejection of Western materialism.
Womack calls it "quite arguably, the album's ethical soul" as a concise reflection of the Beatles' and the counterculture's perspective during the Summer of Love era. The track ends with a burst of laughter that some listeners interpret as a mockery of the song, but Harrison explained: "It's a release after five minutes of sad music ... You were supposed to hear the audience anyway, as they listen to Sergeant Pepper's Show. That was the style of the album."[nb 17] Martin used the moment of levity as a segue for what he describes as the album's "jokey track" – "When I'm Sixty-Four".
Track performed by first DP lineup :
Rod Evans – lead vocals Ritchie Blackmore – guitar Jon Lord (RIP) – organ, backing vocals Nick Simper – bass, backing vocals Ian Paice – drums
Later Rod Evans would be replaced by Ian Gillan and Nick Simper by Roger Glover and that will be the steady and classic DP lineup for many years and many albums before changing again.....
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