George Harrison - What Is Life - From "All Things Must Pass"
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George Harrison - What Is Life - From "All Things Must Pass"




All Things Must Pass is a triple album by English rock musician George Harrison. Recorded and released in 1970, it was Harrison's first solo work after the break-up of the Beatles in April that year, and his third solo album overall. It includes the hit singles "My Sweet Lord" and "What Is Life", as well as songs such as "Isn't It a Pity" and the title track that had been turned down for inclusion on releases by the Beatles.


The album reflects the influence of Harrison's musical activities with artists such as Bob Dylan, the Band, Delaney & Bonnie and Billy Preston during 1968–70, and his growth as an artist beyond his supporting role to former bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney.







All Things Must Pass introduced Harrison's signature sound, the slide guitar, and the spiritual themes that would be present throughout his subsequent solo work. The original vinyl release consisted of two LPs of songs and a third disc of informal jams, titled Apple Jam. Several commentators interpret Barry Feinstein's album cover photo, showing Harrison surrounded by four garden gnomes, as a statement on his independence from the Beatles.


Production began at London's Abbey Road Studios in May 1970, with extensive overdubbing and mixing continuing through October. Among the large cast of backing musicians were Eric Clapton and Delaney & Bonnie's Friends band – three members of whom formed Derek and the Dominos with Clapton during the recording – as well as Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, Preston, Klaus Voormann, John Barham, Badfinger and Pete Drake. The sessions produced a double album's worth of extra material, most of which remains unissued.







Lyrics


What I feel, I can't say

But my love is there for you, any time of day

But if it's not love that you need

Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed


Tell me, what is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side?


What I know, I can do

If I give my love now to everyone like you

But if it's not love that you need

Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed


Tell me, what is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

Tell me, what is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side?


What I feel, I can't say

But my love is there for you any time of day

But if it's not love that you need

Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed


Tell me, what is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

Oh tell me, what is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side?


What is my life without your love

Tell me, who am I without you, by my side?




Songwriters: George Harrison

What Is Life lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company, Peermusic Publishing




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