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The Light That Has Lighted The World
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4 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)

Available on:
Living In The Material World
Early Takes Volume 1


George Harrison: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Nicky Hopkins: piano
Gary Wright: harmonium
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Jim Keltner: drums

‘The Light That Has Lighted The World’ is the third song on George Harrison’s fourth solo album Living In The Material World. See more…

‘The Light That Has Lighted The World’ came about during the time I tried recording ‘When Every Song Is Sung’ with Cilla Black. Later I tried to write her a b-side and I thought ‘How do I relate to Cilla?’ Well she was from Liverpool and had left Liverpool the same way I had, and that experience you have when you first make it, everyone is pleased – ‘Local boy/girl makes good’ – but once you leave they say ‘He’s changed – he’s not what he used to be!’ So I started with that idea:
I’ve heard how some people
have said that I’ve changed

And then it turned into ‘The Light That Has Lighted The World’. By that time I’d forgotten all about doing Cilla’s record and we didn’t even have an a-side, so I used it on my own album.

The strange thing about change is that people are always saying ‘Oh he’s changed’ as if change is a sin, but the whole of life is a change: from the morning to the evening; from spring to winter – everything is a change – from birth to death; life is change. So it’s funny how people won’t accept change: preferring almost to rearrange nature itself. Would they rather everything were stuck in one place forever?

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