I think George has featured here more than any other former Beatle. This was from reading Max at Powerpop’s post of this song back in 2019. I knew I had to add this to the collection since I had almost forgotten it, but I really liked it as it a young-en and still do. I find it very nostalgic which probably my subconscious knows better than my conscious-self does.
It’s pitter-pattering rain here as I write this and that’s ok when I can wander this song in my mind.
Oh my lord
Please take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you
Won’t you please
Oh won’t you
Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
Heart and soul
George was such an affable person despite his fame and talent. I read his wife said that when George’s spirit left his body the whole room lit up in this brilliant white light. He is the favourite Beatle of many fans, although mine will always be Lennon, but I’m in no way a great aficionado of the group. This song Give Me Love became the second US number 1 for him after My Sweet Lord. Harrison performed it at every concert during his rare tours as a solo artist, and a live version was included on his 1992 album Live in Japan.
During the period this song was written, George dedicated himself to assisting refugees of the Bangladesh Liberation War, by staging two all-star benefit concerts in New York and preparing a live album and concert film for release. The same period coincided with the height of Harrison’s devotion to Hindu spirituality.
Harrison recalls of the writing process:
Sometimes you open your mouth and you don’t know what you are going to say, and whatever comes out is the starting point. If that happens and you are lucky, it can usually be turned into a song. This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it.
1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) – Wikipedia