Saturday, March 10, 2012

All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass
Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton at the Concert for George.

Okay, the natural reaction to seeing "All Things Must Pass" on a Paul McCartney website might be, "This guy doesn't know the first thing about Paul McCartney." Well, I do know the first thing about Paul McCartney - maybe not the second thing, but the first thing - and "All Things Must Pass" belongs on a site about Paul McCartney.  While a composition by George Harrison which appears on his album of the same name, "All Things Must Pass" was performed by Paul McCartney as a tribute to George Harrison at the Concert For George in November 2002.

All Things Must Pass
Paul McCartney performs "All Things Must Pass" in Madrid in 2004.

Incidentally, while strongly associated solely with George Harrison, the song "All Things Must Pass" was actually written during the Beatles years. A 1969 solo demo by Harrison appears on the Beatles 1996 album "Anthology 3." The fact that the other Beatles wouldn't take George's song seriously at the time rankled Harrison, so McCartney spending the time to re-learn the song in 2002 was a mark of respect. Eric Clapton said:
Paul had to admit that he didn’t know ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and that was an awful thing to confront. It was huge humble-pie stuff for Paul to be among these people who he may have thought had a better relationship with George than he did. But I believe Paul missed George as much as — if not more than — anybody.
Sometimes you don't appreciate something or someone until they're gone. George and Paul remained great friends until George's death, but it took George's death for Paul to finally appreciate George's song. Paul returned to the song during his tour in 2004.

All Things Must Pass


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