Here Comes the Sun
|"Here Comes the Sun"|
|Song by The Beatles
from the album Abbey Road
|Released||26 September 1969|
|Recorded||7 July-19 August 1969|
|Genre||Folk rock, psychedelic pop, progressive rock|
|Abbey Road track listing|
Origin[change | change source]
Harrison stated in The Beatles Anthology:
"Here Comes the Sun" was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: 'Sign this' and 'sign that'. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton's house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote "Here Comes the Sun".
Recording[change | change source]
Harrison, McCartney and Starr recorded the song in 13 takes on July 7, 1969. John Lennon did not contribute to the song as he was recovering from a car crash. Towards the end of the session, Harrison spent an hour re-recording his acoustic guitar part. Harrison capoed his guitar on the 7th fret, resulting the final key of A major. He also used the same technique on his 1965 song "If I Needed Someone," which shares a similar melodic pattern. The following day he taped his lead vocals, and he and McCartney recorded their backing vocals twice to give a fuller sound.
A harmonium and handclaps were added on July 16. Harrison's guitar solo was overdubbed on 6 August, and the orchestral parts were added on 15 August. "Here Comes the Sun" was completed four days later with the addition of Harrison's Moog synthesizer part.
Personnel[change | change source]
- George Harrison – vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, handclaps
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, handclaps
- Ringo Starr – drums, handclaps
- Uncredited – four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes, two clarinets
Notes[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Beatles (2000). The Beatles Anthology. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
- "Here Comes the Sun". The Beatles Bible. 2008. http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/here-comes-the-sun/. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
- "Here Comes the Sun". Fretbase.com. 2010. http://www.fretbase.com/songs/393-here-comes-the-sun. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand).
- Sagan, Carl; Drake, Frank D.; Lomberg, Jon; Sagan, Linda Salzman; Druyan, Ann; Ferris, Timothy (1978). Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record. New York: Random House.