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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 79
Wed. March 27, 2012

What is Life
George Harrison
1971

“♫ What is my life without your love? / tell me, who am I without you by my side? […]♫”

Thank you George for cheering away my Tuesday blues! This has to be the most Beatles-esque song on All Things Must Pass! I always imagined Paul singing a joyous cover as a tribute to George. Can’t you hear it?

In the U.K., What is Life was actually first released as a b-side to “My Sweet Lord.” It was later released as a single for the American market.

George actually composed “What is Life” while producing a session for Billy Preston’s That’s The Way God Planned It, LP. He wanted Preston to record his pop song but found Billy wanting to record more funky jams.

You may recognize Eric Clapton who along with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock is credited as the “O’Hara-Smith” singers. Whitlock said. “That’s Eric Clapton and me. If you listen, you can hear Eric and me wailing away.”

Is this a love song to God or a song of Amor? I tend to think of What is Life as the latter because I dedicate my song of the day—this blissful Harrison anthem to my wife—Michelle for putting up with all the infinite complexities that is me— your husband. This one’s for you, baby!

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