10 Songs That Prove George Harrison’s Solo Years Were Better Than You Think
8. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
Opening with a gently strummed acoustic, soon joined by melodic slide guitar, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) eschews the ambiguity of What Is Life as George offers up one of his most beautiful tunes to the Lord.
The track builds slowly with the rhythm section kicking in after the first bridge. Like My Sweet Lord before it, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) fuses western gospel music with the Hindu devotional song style bhajan.
Against this gorgeous musical backdrop George asks that god “help me cope with this heavy load/trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul.” The whole thing is enough to make the listener get religion themselves, until the track clatters to an abrupt halt after three and a half minutes.
Plus it knocked the insipid My Love by Paul McCartney and Wings off the top of the US singles charts. Maybe god intervened for the greater good.
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