All Things Must Pass (3:45)

Cover of All Things Must Pass (disc 2)

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“All Things Must Pass” is a song written by George Harrison.

During The Beatles’ Get Back sessions in January 1969, this was one of many songs the group rehearsed to be part of their new album. As the sessions progressed, the song was pushed to the side and never picked up again by the band.

After the Get Back project was abandoned, Harrison recorded a solo demo of the song on multi-track tape on 25 February 1969. Harrison recorded two takes, then added extra guitar onto the second.[1] This version was subsequently released in 1996 on The Beatles’ collection Anthology 3.

The song was never formally recorded by The Beatles by the time of their break-up, and it was first released on Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album in 1970.

The song underwent a number of small changes from when it was first written in late 1968. The line “a mind can blow those clouds away” was originally written as the more literal “a wind can blow those clouds away,” but bootlegs from the January 1969 Beatles sessions reveal John Lennon suggesting the change to “mind” to include a bit of “psychedelia” in the song. Perspective on one line was slightly changed from “It’s not always been this grey” (with The Beatles) on the demo to “It’s not always gonna be this grey” (on his own) on the final recording.

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