Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #97: ‘The Inner Light’-

By 1968 when George Harrison’s ‘The Inner Light’ was released as the b-side to ‘Lady Madonna’- George had established himself as a songwriter but this was the first time that one of the songs he had written-was given even a b-side of a single.

Like #98- “You Know My Name [Look Up The Number’] this is one of The Beatles songs which you will rarely hear on the radio- and it wasn’t included on any albums until the late 80’s with the compilation album Past Masters II. I’d be lying if I said that when I first got into The Beatles in the mid- 60’s that I immediately liked George’s classical Indian music influenced songs. Over the years though they certainly grew on me. Because of the hugeness of The Beatles- it’s kind of hard to come up with very many songs you could call -underrated gems- but I think The Inner Light certainly would fit into that category. George recorded this song in Bombay, India- making it the only Beatles song recorded outside of Europe.

3 responses to “HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #97: ‘THE INNER LIGHT’

  1. I love your commentary on the song, Hans. Wow on it was the only Beatles song recorded outside of Europe. It must have taken a lot of wheedling to get that to happen. As I’ve mentioned before, the lyrics are based on the Tao Te Ching, Verse 47. Having modern song lyrics taken from the TTC doesn’t happen every day either!

  2. Hans, not sure if I told you this before, but V47 has been my favorite TTC verse since I first read it back around 1995 — long before I heard this song!

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