Deep Blue

George Harrison

About Deep Blue

"Deep Blue" is a song by English rock musician George Harrison that was released as the B-side to his 1971 charity single "Bangla Desh". Harrison wrote the song in 1970, midway through the recording sessions for All Things Must Pass, and recorded it in Los Angeles the following year while organising the Concert for Bangladesh. The composition was inspired by the deteriorating condition of his mother, Louise, before she succumbed to cancer in July 1970, and by Harrison's feelings of helplessness as he visited her in hospital in the north of England. Given the subject matter, "Deep Blue" also served to convey the suffering endured by the millions of refugees from war-torn Bangladesh in 1971, as sickness and disease became widespread among their makeshift camps in northern India. Following Harrison's work with American guitarist David Bromberg, "Deep Blue" features sparse instrumentation in the folk-blues style. It includes one of Harrison's first uses of dobro on a recording. The song proved popular on US radio and was listed with the A-side when "Bangla Desh" peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 


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When sunshine is not enough
To make me feel bright
It's got me suffering in the darkness
That's so easy come by on the road-side
Of one loong life-time

It's got me deep blue
You know I'm deep blue

When you stand there, watch tired bodies
Full of sickness and pain
To show you just how helpless you really are
When you get down to the truth
It hurts me

It's got me deep blue
You know I'm deep blue

When I think of the life I'm living
Pray God help me; give me your light
So I can love you and understand
This repetition that keeps me here
Feeling deep blue

It's got me deep blue
You know I'm deep blue

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George Harrison

George HarrisonMBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as the "quiet Beatle", Harrison over time became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing it to the other Beatles, as well as to their Western audience. Following the band's break-up, enjoyed a successful solo career, and in 1988 he co-founded the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Harrison number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". more »

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13 facts about this song

Album Fact
"Deep Blue" is a track from George Harrison's 1971 soundtrack album for the film "The Concert for Bangladesh."
Inspiration Fact
The song was inspired by the serious illness of Harrison's mother, Louise, which deeply affected him.
Release Fact
Although not initially released as a single, "Deep Blue" gained popularity when it was included as the B-side of the American single release of "Bangla Desh" in July 1971.
Personnel Fact
Notable musicians on the track include Pete Ham, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland of Badfinger, who provided acoustic guitar accompaniment.
Review Fact
The song is often seen as a heartfelt and poignant expression of Harrison's delicate and personal side by many reviewers.
Recognition Fact
The song went on to become a fan favorite, despite its sad thematic content.
Lyric Facts
The lyrics of "Deep Blue" express the deep pain and sadness Harrison felt about his mother's illness, showcasing his ability to use music to navigate complex emotions.
Instrumentals Fact
The song has a stripped-down, acoustic sound, which differs from the heavy Indian classical influences that characterized much of Harrison's earlier solo work.
Collaboration Fact
The song saw a collaboration with several musicians including Klaus Voormann who played bass and Ringo Starr, who played drums.
Repackaging Fact
"Deep Blue" has been included in multiple reissues and compilation albums of Harrison's work. For instance, it was included in the 2006 reissue of the concert for "Bangladesh Album."
Recording Fact
It was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London, a studio famously associated with The Beatles.
Songwriting Fact
As with most of his solo music, "Deep Blue" was written by George Harrison himself, drawing from his personal experiences.
Length Fact
The duration of the song is 3 minutes and 45 seconds, making it one of the shorter songs on the album.

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