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26 September 2014
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What do you think of the lyrics of What Is Life ?
Is it more spirital and about god or a love song?

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I think it is both. Very spiritual and a love song about God . I remember the radio played ‘What Is Life ‘ right after Lennon was shot and it was very powerful. This is what I love about George. His lyrics to songs always move your heart and he leaves you with a message that you can take with you in your daily life.

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This is a song that, from the very second it bursts upon one’s consciousness, does not let you down. It retains an unbelievable exuberance through the entire thing– even that break leaves you hanging in suspense until the riff comes again and starts the whole process over again. Must be blasted out nice and loud on decent speakers for the proper effect– otherwise all the jubilant sounds become a not-so-thrilling wash of noise. 

I love the way the bass echoes the guitar riff. 

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Did the Beatles ever do a demo of this song? 

Because someone on YouTube* was saying it was ‘commonly known’ that they did, but I’ve not heard of it, so perhaps they were thinking of a different Harrisong. 

*And yes, I realise how accurate YouTube comments are apt to be. But all the same, it sparked my curiosity, and I figured the O Knowledgeable Ones on this Fab Forum might O Know. 

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I don’t think so.  According to Bootlegzone.com (which is a fairly good source for looking up these sorts of things), there are no versions available on bootleg under the Beatles’ name, and I am positive that there was no version done during the Get Back sessions (when there were versions of All Things Must Pass , Isn’t It A Pity , and Let It Down ).  According to the Almighty Wikipedia (not the greatest source, I know, but stick with me), “What Is Life ” was written when George was producing Billy Preston’s album That’s The Way God Planned It between April and July 1969.  This would be at the point when recording for Abbey Road was well underway and there was no recording of it done in the studio with the Beatles.

While there was never a true Beatles version done, there is a possibility that George made a demo of the song sometime while the Beatles were still together (sometime between April ’69 and April ’70), but if it existed/exists, it is not available on any bootlegs or legitimate records.  Home demos are far less easy to research the existence of than studio recordings.  The best answer that I can give is this: A solo home demo might exist, but you currently can’t listen to it if there is one.

But maybe I’m wrong about one or two things.  I don’t claim to know all.  Maybe Ron Nasty or Joe can outsmart me on this one.

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I just realised that, ever since I had the band play this song, I shall never hear it in quite the same way. Or at least it will take a long time for the feeling that it’s one of our band songs, as opposed to just hearing it as a Harrisong, to wear off. 

I’m not sure if I should be sad about that or not… ahdn_george_01 

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I remember watching the music video for this when I was like 7. First of all I didn’t even know who The Beatles were or what they were, at that point I had never heard the name. Second, I thought this George Harrison guy was some up and coming artist in the 2010s. I was stupid.

It was only until about a year ago I heard who The Beatles were and then in June 2022-ish my grandma showed me this song and I vaguely remembered being in New Mexico or something on I-40 listening to this while roadtripping the entire USA. Then my grandma told me he was a beatle and then everything made sense. I should’ve known who George Harrison was, he frequented my hometown Jackson, TN before I was born.

Anyways, I have now come to not be as stupid and also love this song. The percussion in the chorus is just magical.

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I remember the video contest about this song. https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..o-contest/

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