George Harrison: All Things Must Pass

Everything changes; everything evolves, all is transitory. This may be the fundamental fact of life. Buddhist philosophy is particularly insightful on this point with its distinction between gross and subtle impermanence. In simple language, George Harrison set this idea to music.

“All Things Must Pass”

Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
It’s not always going to be this grey
All things must pass
All things must pass away
Sunset doesn’t last all evening
A mind can blow those clouds away
After all this, my love is up and must be leaving
It’s not always going to be this grey
All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of life’s strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day
Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It’s not always going to be this grey
All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
All things must pass away

 

3 thoughts on “George Harrison: All Things Must Pass

  1. I still listen to this album from time to time. He was the great Beatle IMO. I could easily have let go of the rest although John had some important things to say. I think it was George however who actually walked his talk in the world.

    It’s so strange to watch all my musical hero’s and their music steadily disappear into the void and then slowly be forgotten by time and new generations. I’m deeply impressed and affected by this reality. It’s right there in front of you but you never see it coming. I think this is the reason that psychological change in humanity is such a difficult or impossible thing. By the time we learn we’ve already passed on our worst traits to our offspring. I’m most grateful I never reproduced. I would have been mostly a destructive influence on any offspring. It’s a very sad thing to realize.

    Thank you George, you gave me great gifts on my slow slog through this life. I have always felt that music is the closest thing to actual magic that I could find in this world. I can’t imagine life without it.

  2. Kierkegaard said the basic problem with life is that we live it forward and understand it backward. As for music, I was always surprised how my college students knew a lot of the 60s and 70s music. They may not have known much about history or politics or science, but they almost always seemed to know the music of that time even though it was from well before they were born. JGM

  3. I think musically we grew up in a very special time. A time when music was not produced by people who were after money and fame because it wasn’t there yet but rather had a real interest and love for music. Most producers just got out of the way in the 60s and 70s because they didn’t know what was happening and they had the humility and respect to understand that. Things quickly changed when the money and fame began to flow.

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