Released: 30 November 1970 (UK), 27 November 1970 (US)
All Things Must Pass
Although All Things Must Pass is better known for its spiritual songs, Harrison had his libidinous moments. ‘I Dig Love’ is a paean to free love and other earthly pleasures, philosophies he didn’t always share with those closest to him.
And there were other women. That really hurt. In India George had become fascinated by the god Krishna, who was always surrounded by young maidens, and came back wanting to be some kind of Krishna figure, a spiritual being with lots of concubines. He actually said so. And no woman was out of bounds…
It might have been different if I had been a stronger, more confident person: I might have guessed that, with his infidelity, he was just being a boy and would get over it, that it didn’t mean he didn’t love me, but my ego was too fragile and I couldn’t see it as anything other than betrayal. I felt unloved and miserable.
‘I Dig Love’ was recorded at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, on 20 June 1970, with take 20 judged to be the best attempt. Harrison also overdubbed a slide guitar solo, using an open E tuning.
The lyrics are among Harrison’s simplest, relying primarily on repetition and wordplay of the title. The bridge also contains an echo of The Beatles’ ‘The End’: “Make love, take love, but you should give love”.
Small love, big love, I don’t care
Love’s all good love to me
Left love, right love, anywhere love
There’s a rare love
Come on and get it, it’s free
‘I Dig Love’ was never performed live by Harrison or included in a compilation; nor was it mentioned in his autobiography I Me Mine, or Genesis Publications’ two-volume Songs By George Harrison.