George Harrison’s best lyrics

25 February 2020, 21:10

George Harrison in February 1967
George Harrison in February 1967. Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

George Harrison may have been The Quiet One in The Beatles, but his lyrics were profound and memorable. Here are some of his wisest words.

  1. Within You Without You (1967)

    “And the time will come when you see we're all one / And life flows on within you and without you.”

    George Harrison performing with The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios for the Our World live television broadcast, 25 June 1967
    George Harrison performing with The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios for the Our World live television broadcast, 25 June 1967. Picture: David Magnus/Shutterstock
  2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

    “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.”

    George Harrison in the summer of 1968
    George Harrison in the summer of 1968. Picture: Bill Zygmant/Shutterstock
  3. Love To You (1966)

    “Love me while you can / Before I'm a dead old man.”

    George Harrison and Patti Boyd 1966
    George Harrison and Patti Boyd 1966. Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
  4. Here Comes The Sun (1969)

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

    George Harrison at Apple HQ in January 1969
    George Harrison at Apple HQ in January 1969. Picture: Steel/Mirrorpix/Getty Images
  5. Old Brown Shoe (1969)

    “I want a love that's right but right is only half of what's wrong.”

    George Harrison sits with members of the Hare Krishna movement, 28th August 1969.
    George Harrison sits with members of the Hare Krishna movement, 28th August 1969. Picture: Wolstenholme/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  6. All Things Must (1970)

    “Darkness only stays the night-time / In the morning it will fade away / Daylight is good at arriving at the right time / It's not always going to be this grey.”

    George Harrison in 1970
    George Harrison in 1970. Picture: GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images
  7. Taxman (1966)

    “Let me tell you how it will be / There's one for you, nineteen for me.”

    George Harrison in 1966
    George Harrison in 1966. Picture: Bettmann/Getty Images
  8. It’s All Too Much (1967)

    “Sail me on a silver sun, where I know that I'm free / Show me that I'm everywhere, and get me home for tea.”

    George Harrison in 1967
    George Harrison in 1967. Picture: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images
  9. Isn’t It A Pity (1970)

    “How we take each other's love / Without thinking anymore / Forgetting to give back / Isn't it a pity."

    George Harrison performing at a rock concert benefiting Bangledesh, 1971
    George Harrison performing at a rock concert benefiting Bangledesh, 1971. Picture: Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images
  10. The Answer’s At The End (1975)

    “Scan not a friend with a microscopic glass / You know his faults, now let the foibles pass.”

    Guitarist George Harrison poses for a portrait in circa 1973.
    Guitarist George Harrison poses for a portrait in circa 1973. Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images