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Living In The Material World
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5 September 2023
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Cover artwork for George Harrison

Written by: Harrison
Recorded: October 1972 – March 1973
Producer: George Harrison

Released: 30 May 1973 (US), 22 June 1973 (UK)

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Living In The Material World


George Harrison: vocals, electric guitar, sitar
Nicky Hopkins: piano
Gary Wright: organ
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine
Jim Keltner: drums, maracas
Zakir Hussain: tabla
Jim Horn: tenor saxophone, flute

‘Living In The Material World’ is the title track of George Harrison’s fourth solo album. See more…

The song was inspired by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder and leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Hare Krishna movement.

‘Material World’ is the influence of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami and the realising ‘we are not these bodies’, we are in these material bodies in the physical world. It does not mean ‘material’ purely in terms of money: the material world is everything which is gross, physical, or material as opposed to the subtle, astral or causal. It was written because it sounded good: MA-TE-RIAL WORLD – LI-VING IN THE MA-TE-RIAL WOrld.
It’s also a comedy song with a few jokes in case you didn’t notice!

Met them all here in the material world
John and Paul here in the material world
Though we started out quite poor
We got Ritchie on a tour


Hope to get out of this place…
By the Lord Sri Krishna’s grace

No matter how good you are you still need ‘grace’ to get out. You can be a yogi or a monk or a nun but without God ‘s grace you still can’t make it.

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