I wrote ‘Deep Blue’ during the making of the All Things Must Pass LP. It’s a bit obscure as it was only the b-side of the ‘Bangla Desh’ single and never appeared on any album.
It was written during the year my mother was very ill, and dying, and after going in the hospitals over and over again; it’s that smell and the whole atmosphere of doom that’s in those hospitals. And that was that; when you stand and watch tired bodies full of sickness and pain it shows you how helpless you really are when you get down to the truth, it hurts: one’s inability to cure all ills.
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15 February 2015
I’ve always like the mixed signals of the bright guitar, ambivalent chord progression with the sad lyrics and vocals. Sometimes grief feels like that. George’s chords are just perfection, the way they’re not completely depressed-sounding but there’s a rueful twist, sort of a resigned air, when you realize there’s not a lot you can do about some of the sadness and hurt in the world. The music just chugs along, just like life keeps on going irrespective of your pain, and meanwhile George’s vocal is a cry out to God .
It’s a good song.
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7 November 2022
Funny, I was going to respond on the other thread about Paul Simon how the most honestly depressing song I know is his “Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy” (from Still Crazy), with a close second being James Taylor’s “Rainy Day Man” — and this one by George I can add to that “genre” whatever it is.
What good was that happy lie,
when all you wanted from the start was to cry…?
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Now today I find, you have changed your mind
1 May 2011
This is one of the songs that meant so much thru a family illness, the lyrics are incredible and very apt for when experiencing such a horrendous time.
I think the despondent lyrics being so opposing to the upbeat tune could be related to how you have to keep upbeat when around the person who is so unwell (and in George’s case actually dying) but almost every other second when away is utter misery bordering on hell.
One of my favorite George songs for so many reasons.
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"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
15 February 2015
That’s a really good point, mmm. Ties in with my interpretation nicely
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