‘Life Itself’ is the third song on George Harrison’s ninth solo album Somewhere In England.

There’s one I liked a lot called ‘Life Itself’. But it’s not a rock and roll song; it’s a mystical kind of lyric.
George Harrison, 15 November 1992
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The song was Harrison’s most overtly devotional song since 1975’s Dark Horse album.

They call you Christ, Vishnu, Buddha, Jehovah, our Lord
You are, Govindam, Bismillah, creator of all
‘Life Itself’

Harrison recorded a demo of ‘Life Itself’ in 1980, playing all instruments: four guitar tracks, four vocal parts, and ukulele.

Warner Bros rejected the original version of Somewhere In England, which had ‘Life Itself’ on side two. The song was slightly reworked for the final release, with the addition of an organ part by Al Kooper.

Harrison included ‘Life Itself’ on the 1989 compilation Best Of Dark Horse 1978-1989.

The book Songs By George Harrison 2 was published by Genesis in 1992, limited to 2,500 copies with a bonus EP. The tracks included Harrison’s demo of ‘Life Itself’.

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