Song Lyric Sunday: Learning – ‘Within You Without You’

Like most people, pretty much all my musical tastes were formed in my teenage years. And since, as is well known, teenagers know everything, it was a bit of a challenge to come up with something that matches this week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday:

“post a song that helped teach you something new (something you weren’t aware of before you heard it)”

But right in the middle of my teenage years came, in musical terms, a pivotal moment: Sergeant Pepper’s. And the first time I listened to it I learned that George was my favourite Beatle – because he wrote this:

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late, when they pass away
We were talking about the love we all could share
When we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love
With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew

Try to realise it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don’t know, they can’t see, are you one of them?

When you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find
Peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we’re all one
And life flows on within you and without you

George Harrison (1943-2001)

Song Lyric Sunday

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Learning – ‘Within You Without You’

  1. Great song. George was always my favourite from the start. He also did the finest post Beatles work, in my opinion.

    • I’ve got no problem with ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, which certainly left you wanting more of the same when you got to the end of ‘Revolver’. The Grateful Dead covered it a few times in their later years, interestingly usually paired with ‘Baba O’Reilly’.

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