The Beatles Song Of The Day:”Within You Without You”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Within You Without You.” “Within You Without You” opens up side 2 of The Beatles “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. It is the only song on the album that was written by George Harrison. George Harrison had been obsessed with the sitar since he first saw one while The Beatles were filming “Help!” in 1965. In 1966 he met Ravi Shankar and then became skilled at playing it. He would practice playing the sitar sometimes up to eight hours a day. “Within You Without You” would be one of George’s sermons on spirituality. John Lennon would later say it was one of his favourite songs by George. During the last day of working on the song, George added the laughter at the end of the track. George had written “Only A Northern Song” for the album but that wasn’t cutting it so he came up with this song as his track for the album, a much better inclusion. George Harrison: vocal, sitar, guitar and tambura/ Uncredited Indian musicians: dilrubas, svarmandal, tabla and tambura/ Erich Gruenberg, Alan Loveday, Julien Gaillard, Paul Scherman, Ralph Elman, David Wolfsthal, Jack Rothstein, Jack Greene: violins/ Reginald Kilbey, Allen Ford, Peter Beavan:cello/ Neil Aspinall: tambura. The song was recorded on March 15th, 22nd, April 3rd and 4th, 1967 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

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  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Within You Without You” at #96 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked it at #97 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs’ list.
  • “Within You Without You” was never released as a single.
  • Length of song 5:05.
  • George wrote this song after dinner one night at Klaus Voorman’s house in Hampstead,London. He wrote it first on Klaus’ harmonium.
  • The burst of laughter at the end was George’s idea of lightening the mood of the music.
  • Stephen Stills was so impressed with the lyrics that he had them carved on a stone monument in his yard.

Within You Without You {Harrison}

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 realise 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