The Most Religious George Harrison Songs Ever Created
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George Harrison was a spiritual man who stood firm in his beliefs and manifested his spirituality in his music. George didn’t simply sing about his love for a lady when he sang a love song; he also sang to God. The former Beatle’s style of writing could have begun with one idea, but by the time he was done with it, it had taken on an entirely other significance. We list these 5 best religious songs that only George Harrison could write and pull off.
“Long, Long, Long” – White Album (1968)
George seems to be chatting to someone close to him on “Long, Long, Long” from the White Album, and it may be his ex-wife Pattie Boyd. The reality, however, is quite different. It’s clear from the lyrics that George is singing to someone he cares about, but this person isn’t of this world; George is praising God for bringing them back together.
“The Inner Light” – Single (1968)
Without the Sanskrit professor at Cambridge University, Juan Mascaró, “The Inner Light” would not have been written by George. It all started when the professor caught George on The Frost Show and wrote to the Beatles to express his admiration for “Within You Without You.” He also forwarded George a copy of Lamps of Fire, a collection of religious texts he had translated. George’s inspiration for “The Inner Light” came from a translation of the Tao Te Ching that may be found in this book.
“Art of Dying” – All Things Must Pass (1971)
George writes his most urgent warning in “Art of Dying.” He is no longer encouraging people to give God a chance in their lives. He is warning humanity that if they cause massive changes in the physical world, they would be forced to reincarnate many times over millions of years. “Everything comes bouncing back and ties you up forever, or for as long as it takes to untie it,” Harrison said.
“Awaiting on You All” – All Things Must Pass (1971)
One night when George was brushing his teeth, the tune of “Awaiting on You All” came to him his head. Then, the religious lyrics ensued. George describes Japa Yoga meditation as “repetition on beads (mala) of mantras” in his book I Me Mine, which was said to be the inspiration. In addition, he insists to his audience that they only need God.
“My Sweet Lord” – All Things Must Pass (1971)
One of George’s most overtly religious compositions is “My Sweet Lord.” George started it to demonstrate to the youth of today that spirituality is cool. George first believed that releasing the song was the equivalent of putting his neck on the line, but he made himself do it. He received praise from several media outlets for having the courage of his convictions to release a religious song.