Life Itself

Life Itself George Harrison

 

 

You are the one, You are my love

You send the rain and bring the sun

You stand alone and speak the truth truth

You are the breath of life itself Oh yes, You are,

You are the one

 

You’re in my dream

I hold you there in high esteem

I need you more each step I take

You are the love in life itself Oh yes, You are,

You are the One

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You are the one that I’d die for And you’re all that is real

You are the essence of that Which we taste, touch and feel

 

You are the one, no matter what

You are the real love that I’ve got

You are my friend and when life’s through

You are the light in death itself Oh yes, are,

You are the Onegod dollar

 

They call you Christ, Vishnu Buddha, Jehovah, our Lord

You are, Govindam, Bismillah Creator of all

 

You are the one, no matter what

You are the real love that I’ve got real love

You are my friend and when life’s through

You are the light in death itself Oh yes, are,

You are the One

 

You are my love

You send the rain and bring the sun

You stand alone and speak the truth

You are the breath of life itself, oh yes, You are

You are the breath of life itself Oh yes, You are,

 

You are the one

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In an earlier article in this George Harrison series, I wrote about a couple of the songs he had written that were focused around chants. For me, and especially in the song ‘Let it Roll (The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp), the underlying chant really did its job – focusing my mind, in this case on the song itself and, as a corollary, to think about what I had just heard.

This song, Life Itself, is a song in which the author is reciting what he knows to be true about his God.

In a world of violence and false ecuneminalism, among other things, George writes that, no matter what God is called, he is the One.

george while albumCourageous thinking.

I find this song hypnotizing – partly because of the swirling guitars but also because of the content of the poem. I hate to write something that is trite in the extreme, but Life Itself is like a 4:25 long hug – a chance to contemplate your God, your place in the cosmos, the security of a strong relationship with your God. And the guitar solo at the end provides a perfect background to contemplate what you just heard.

Exaltation? This is it.

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