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I confess that after having a very nice dream with George the night before my bday, I've been listening to Brainwashed and All Things Must Pass a lot. And I have to say I have never paid attention to Beware Of Darkness lyrics until today.

 

Wow. I mean the lyrics are so simple, and yet very powerful. He advices you, but he doesn't sound like preaching. And I like it because when I'm down, I hate those "don't worry be happy" songs (unless it's sung by slugs) and I listen to rock songs to cheer up. The only "don't worry be happy" song I really like and helps me is "Stuck in a moment you can't get out of it". (Bono wrote it after learning Michael Hutchance's suicide).

 

But BoD is .. I dunno. In another level definetly. I love it. I'm figuring out all the lyrics. that Maya bit makes me intrigued. I'm definetly going to investigate more about Hare Krishna tradition, although I feel more inclined to Dalai Lama's ideas.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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mithveaen said:

I confess that after having a very nice dream with George the night before my bday, I've been listening to Brainwashed and All Things Must Pass a lot. And I have to say I have never paid attention to Beware Of Darkness lyrics until today.

 

Wow. I mean the lyrics are so simple, and yet very powerful. He advices you, but he doesn't sound like preaching. And I like it because when I'm down, I hate those "don't worry be happy" songs (unless it's sung by slugs) and I listen to rock songs to cheer up. The only "don't worry be happy" song I really like and helps me is "Stuck in a moment you can't get out of it". (Bono wrote it after learning Michael Hutchance's suicide).

 

But BoD is .. I dunno. In another level definetly. I love it. I'm figuring out all the lyrics. that Maya bit makes me intrigued. I'm definetly going to investigate more about Hare Krishna tradition, although I feel more inclined to Dalai Lama's ideas.

'Beware Of Darkness' is one of my favorite songs. It does have a lot of meaning and impact. I know a lot of critics were on his case regarding him being 'preachy' with his lyrics but he was writing songs that had a lot of meaning to him and wanted to share it. I saw him perform in 1974 during the 'Dark Horse Tour' with the Indian section and really enjoyed it and it seemed the fans enjoyed it too but the critics let him have it. I have always felt George was ahead of his time. Look at the music of today and how much the eastern music and philosophy has been incorporated into songs especially regarding 'New Age' music. Once again, a very humble musician who wrote and sang with a lot of emotion.

Let me know how the Hare Krishna research goes. I have been studying this myself. It always interested me that George got involved with this in 1966 and kept his faith until his death. I know there is more to this then just shaving your head and wearing white robes and chanting.

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It's not my favorite song off of ATMP, but it is one of those songs where it holds so much meaning. I have always appreciated George's influence on Western culture with the East. Because of him, I tend to recite the Hare Krishna mantra. Though I doubt I will ever fully convert, I use his songs as insight into the religion and appreciate the principles. Songs like this one and "All Things Must Pass" just hit such amazing chords. Damn, that album is pretty amazing. Another reason why I love George a-hard-days-night-george-10

The band Concrete Blonde did a great cover of the song. 

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Mith, this is one of my favorites from ATMP.

As for the MAYA bit, I found this on the web…

"In Indian/Hindu theology, "maya" refers to the natural world in its many manifestations, or, more precisely, man's illusory perception of the reality of the physical world. In other words, a false reality. Until one sees beyond this illusion and recognizes the true nature of the universe as being spiritual (the universal "brahman"?), one cannot achieve enlightenment. So, beware "maya", for it stands between you and enlightenment."

On the remastered CD, there is a bonus acoustic version of this song from when George was first playing the songs for Phil Spector. The line at that time was beware of ABKCO. I like it better!

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Oh that's a fantastic explanation Zig, now I get it. I also prefer the acoustic version. I have discovered that my favorite George is the acoustic one :)

 

About Hare Krishna, I'm going to investigate some stuff. I do a bit meditation, but I want to go deeper into that. I might never convert or at least not in my Dad's lifetime (he's a devoted Catholic). What I'm most interested is the purpose of life. The more Catholic Church tells me we need to suffer and offer our pain to God, the less I believe it. I used to, but not anymore, not after all the shit going on in my country.

 

Man I'm so jealous of you Inner Light, you saw him live in a concert in early 70s? Was he as gorgeous as he looks in the photos? a-hard-days-night-george-5

 

Edit Heh I know that question is sooo from a girl nevermind LOL!!

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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mithveaen said:

Oh that's a fantastic explanation Zig, now I get it. I also prefer the acoustic version. I have discovered that my favorite George is the acoustic one :)

 

About Hare Krishna, I'm going to investigate some stuff. I do a bit meditation, but I want to go deeper into that. I might never convert or at least not in my Dad's lifetime (he's a devoted Catholic). What I'm most interested is the purpose of life. The more Catholic Church tells me we need to suffer and offer our pain to God, the less I believe it. I used to, but not anymore, not after all the shit going on in my country.

 

Man I'm so jealous of you Inner Light, you saw him live in a concert in early 70s? Was he as gorgeous as he looks in the photos? a-hard-days-night-george-5

 

Edit Heh I know that question is sooo from a girl nevermind LOL!!

Well I will answer that anyway. George looked just like my avatar to the left. That photo was taken at the same time as his tour. I remember cutting my hair like that and growing the mustache after seeing the concert. His voice was shot but I still enjoyed every moment of the show. It was the first time I ever saw a Beatle in person and for one of the shows I was in the front row and he was about twenty feet from me. It was great!

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Ah I love this song. Probably my second favorite on ATMP next to What A Pity. Really resounds with me pretty well.

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mithveaen said:

 

Speaking of the song again, you can see George the gardener when he mentions the Atlas Cedar Trees.

That line always makes me smile. No matter what BS may be going on in the world, those trees just continue to grow - oh, oh, whoa, oh, whoa.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Looks like Gnik has emerged as the BBF's Working Class Hero. You bring up some great points. Whether it's a coincidence from listening to ATMP so much lately or just the fact that I'm getting older and wiser (?), I have really been focusing more on what is important in my life. Bringing things back to basics is great for my soul!

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When I saw the name of this thread I knew it would be extremely interesting, and it is!

The song is amazing to begin with. I heard it for the first time on George's birthday this year when I watched Concert for George – Eric Clapton performs an amazing amazing cover of this song.

For some reason, listening to ATMP and Concert for George some 1,000,005 times maybe.. I don't get bothered by the preachy songs.. For me they're much more worthy than a "Baby.. baby baby ohhhh!" happy song.. George's songs just emanate so much peace of mind, some strong feeling that I can't understand sometimes. Beware Of Darkness, All Things Must Pass and The Art Of Dying are songs that I can listen to for a whole day and still be amazed at how true they sound..

GniknuS said:

So this fear has been drilled into us, fear of not having money, or a job or a spouse or friends or anything else. But the biggest fear is of what others think of us, and that's what I'm really trying to get over now, so that's why I'll have a few loopy posts once in a while.
I feel like once we lose that fear, our minds and our hearts will tell us where to find happiness.

An excellent point GniknuS.. and very true. I always have this moment where I stop and wonder, who decided that in order to be successful you need to earn this much, have this car brand, get your kinds in this type of school and on and on and on.. I think that we waste our lives worrying about securing our future, forgetting to actually enjoy the moment – which sounds so cliche now that I wrote it, but maybe because the phrase is over-used.

 

and Mith.. I think the fact that you and many of us have stopped and thought about what our lives mean and what's the purpose of our being, is in itself a huge thing. I guess it's one of those things where the journey to reach your goal is what matters, not the goal itself. This song, as well as The Art Of Dying, also got me looking into the Hindu religion and the Hare Krishna faith. I have no plans of converting because I feel that all religions boil down to the same thing. But I surely hope to one day find the time to learn and practice meditation..

 

Sorry for the long post, and I hope it makes sense like it did in my head :) I can go on and on talking about this. I don't want to wait till I'm "64" to enjoy my life and appreciate what I have!

 

 

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An unidentified flying cupcake said:

and Mith.. I think the fact that you and many of us have stopped and thought about what our lives mean and what's the purpose of our being, is in itself a huge thing. I guess it's one of those things where the journey to reach your goal is what matters, not the goal itself. This song, as well as The Art Of Dying, also got me looking into the Hindu religion and the Hare Krishna faith. I have no plans of converting because I feel that all religions boil down to the same thing. But I surely hope to one day find the time to learn and practice meditation..

 

You have an interesting point of view there Cupcake! What it's important is the journey, not the goal. That's my problem, I always look at the goal. a-hard-days-night-john-3

 

About meditation, I learned some relaxation exercises a few years ago, they are very simple breathing and stretching exercises. They're like baby steps for yoga, you can find some very easy ones on Internet. And to be honest, they're an excellent complement for any physical exercise.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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