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11/30/2001 Entry: "Good bye, George Harrison"
As a huge Beatles fan, it is my duty to take a moment to reflect on the loss of George Harrison. I wasn't a huge fan of his writing: he wrote some good songs, but I'm sure he suffered being in the same bag with Lennon/McCartney. John and Paul were such great songwriters, it would be hard to stand up at all to that. And, as a drummer, Ringo holds a special place in my heart. So George was my "least favorite" Beatle. Where George was really overlooked was his guitar playing. He was a really cool guitar player. Maybe not a technical wizzard like Hendrix, and maybe he didn't have the lyrical playing of Eric Clapton, but man he did some cool stuff. "Savoy Truffle" is one of the best rockers on the White Album.
"Creme tangerine and montelimat
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert--yes you know it's good news
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle."
Written while eating chocolates over at Eric Claptons house.
Also written with Clapton, by his pool: the Cream's hit "Badge."
"Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.
I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel.
Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.
Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle."
George also played some really jazzy licks on Abbey Road's I Want You/She's So Heavy." Very nice work.