My iPod #25: George Harrison – All Those Years Ago

What’s up.

It’s another George Harrison song, and coincidentally it’s another song about death. Sorry to put it so bluntly, I don’t want to sound like a jerk.

Originally, ‘All Those Years Ago’ was written for Ringo Starr to sing. Harrison had already aided Starr with his songwriting, the songs ‘Photograph‘ and ‘It Don’t Come Easy‘ were written by both. The latter’s demo version was sung by Harrison himself.

Starr couldn’t reach the high notes of the song. Apparently, he didn’t like the lyrics either. Then, on a cold winter night in December 1980, John Lennon died.

Therefore, Harrison made it into a tribute – dedicated to his friend and colleague. It’s a beautiful song, with lyrics depicting a brother in awe of his elder. Subtle references to Lennon’s life and music can be found in them too, and to top it off you only have Paul McCartney playing the bass, Ringo on the drums, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine on backing vocals and George Martin as the producer. Although, that last one is argued to just be added for effect.

All in all, it’s pretty sad. The song was written after a devastating and painful time, but it’s played in a way that makes you want to remember the good times in the past.

The songs I’ve put up on here have been quite depressing lately. Let’s hope for a bright one tomorrow.

Until next time.



Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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