Within you Without You

harrison1Within You Without You is a song written by George Harrison and released on the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I love this song with the exotic sound of the Indian instruments used to back Harrison.  I  first heard the sitar in the Beatles song Norwegian Wood, but this song sounded like  traditional Indian music with no electric guitars or drums. In fact, The Beatles did not play on this track but instead, a group of Indian musicians.

The lyrics are very philosophical and in tune with the psychedelic mood of the 1960s – soul-searching, spiritual and searching for the meaning of life.

It was George Harrison and his influence on The Beatles thatt  introduced me to the sitar, Indian music and Indian philosophy.

Here is the song and lyrics.

Within You Without You

[I replaced this video on 14th May 2017 because the previous one was blocked]


We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves
behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth
then it’s far too late when they pass away.

We were talking about the love we all could share
when we find it to try our best to hold it there
with our love, with our love we could save the world
if they only knew.

Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows on within you and without you.

We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold
and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul.
They don’t know they can’t see
are you one of them?

When you’ve seen beyond yourself
then you may find, peace of mind, is waiting there
And the time will come
when you see we’re all one
and life flows on within you and without you.


More information

Wikipedia article   Within You Without You


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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