The Beatles Song Of The Day: “The Inner Light”

 

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “The Inner Light.” “The Inner Light” was a b-side to The Beatles “Lady Madonna.” It was the first time a George Harrison written song was on a Beatles single. “The Inner Light” was in the American Top 100 for one week, peaking at #96. George Harrison wrote the lyrics from a translation of the “Tao Te Ching” in a book called “Lamp of Fire” sent to him by Juan Mascaro, the Sanskrit teacher at Cambridge University. Harrison used the first verse from it verbatim and altered the rest slightly “It was nice, the words said everything” Paul would say of the song “Forget the Indian music and listen to the melody. Don’t you think it’s a beautiful melody? It’s really lovely.” John Lennon: backing vocal/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal/ George Harrison: vocal/ Sharad Ghosh or Hanuman Jadev: shehnai/ Hariprasad Chaurasia or S.R. Kenkare: flute/ Ashish Khan: sarod/ Mahapurush Misra: table, pakavaj/ Rij Ram Desad: harmonium. The song was recorded on January 12th and February 6th and 8th at EMI Bombay studio. Producer :George Martin.

Rating “The Inner Light” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ****

  • Neither Rolling Stone Magazine in their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” or Spignesi and Lewis in “100 Best Beatles Songs” ranks “The Inner Light”
  • Length of song 2:36.

 

The Inner Light” {Harrison}

Without going out of my door I can know all things on Earth Without looking out of my window I could know the ways of Heaven
The farther one travels The less one knows The less one really knows
Without going out of your door You can know all things on Earth Without looking out of your window You could know the ways of Heaven
The farther one travels The less one knows The less one really knows
Arrive without travelling See all without looking Do all without doing

 

 

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