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‘Far East Man’ is the eighth song on George Harrison’s fifth solo album Dark Horse.

It was written with The Faces’ guitarist Ronnie Wood, who joined The Rolling Stones in 1975. Wood was working on his first solo album, I’ve Got My Own Album To Do, and co-wrote ‘Far East Man’ with Harrison. It was their only songwriting collaboration. See more…

The tune to the verse of ‘Far East Man’ was written with Ronnie Wood. We stumbled on it and other things during 1974. He wanted it then for the album he was making I’ve Got My Own Album To Do – and so he phoned me up and said ‘Can you write some words’ and so I thought of the words driving down the M4 on my way to his house, and as I couldn’t write them down I had to remember them in my head. I wrote the middle-eight to the tune and lyrics as we were starting to routine the song. I liked the song a lot and I brushed up the lyrics a bit, changed them here and there and generally made them better, and recorded it for my album Dark Horse .

The idea came about because the Faces had done a tour of the Far East – and Woodie came into the session wearing a tee shirt with the wording ‘Far East Man’ (far out man!).

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