Art of Dying (3:43)

Cover of All Things Must Pass (disc 2)

From All Things Must Pass (disc 2) and 3 other releases

“Art of Dying” (or “The Art of Dying”) is a song by British George Harrison from his seminal 1970 album “All Things Must Pass”. The track recounts Harrison’s lifelong path of spirituality and religion. He specifically mentions his thoughts on reincarnation and future lives. Harrison had composed the lyrics while still a member of The Beatles, a while before the tune’s eventual release.

The song stands out from many of the other “All Things Must Pass” tracks from to its aggressive guitar work and its tone, heavily reminiscent of the and early of the period. None other than future Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins played congas on this song. Collins had previously served an extra in the Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night”.


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There'll come a time when all of us must leave here
Then nothing sister Mary can do
Will keep me here with you
As nothing in this life that I've been trying

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  • werty36

    The best Bond theme ever.

    11 Apr 7:29am Reply
  • johnTMcNeill

    George lived like he was dying- enjoying it all on his own terms. He perfected the art....

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • werty36

    Wikipedia tells that it's Jim Gordon, Ringo plays percussion.

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Could be Ringo..Ringo freelanced on many Artists songs/albums back in the day.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MikesDmusic

    Even when he is not trying to be spiritual - it still comes through - a great soul

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    My money's on Ringo is the drummer. If not, JIm Gordon.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Love Harrison's solo stuff *-*

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • whitecollarboy_

    Sounds like an early new wave song

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    If Collins is on percussion, who's drumming? The sleeve notes say only who played on the album, but don't specify where...

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    All I can say is: Wow!

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • Bronesby

    there's a lightyears-better version of this song, acoustic, by George in some interview. worth looking up, this album version is cheeseville.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • harukmina

    The lyrics and the amazing guitar... what a perfect combination!

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • noideaasusualxD

    This is one thing he mastered well :( I love his approach to it, they say he was still laughing and joking around in his deathbed, what a man. Love you George, great song RIP

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    I had always thought this song should be included in one of the James Bond movie soundtracks. It has that feel to it. Alas, it never was (to my knowledge). Great song.

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AnnieFoxy

    his best solo song

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • adam-454

    I prefer the Gojira cover.

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • rinistiltskin

    The song has got a kind of Ray Parker, Jr feel to it, doesn't it? I know it predates his career, but you know what I mean.

    25 Nov 2009 Reply
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    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • delitax

    Hell yeah George, makes me wanna dance like a fool.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • rinistiltskin

    Kickass motherfucker. That's all I can think when I listen to this song.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
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