Here Comes the Sun (3:04)

Cover of The Alternate Abbey Road

From The Alternate Abbey Road and 14 other releases

“Here Comes the Sun” is a song by George Harrison from The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road.

The song, one of Harrison’s best-known Beatles contributions alongside “Something”, originated from a songwriting collaboration between Harrison and close friend Eric Clapton called “Badge,” recorded by Clapton’s group Cream, and featuring an arpeggiated guitar riff that is similar to the one that forms the bridge of “Here Comes the Sun”. 1969 was a difficult year for Harrison: he was arrested for marijuana possession, he had his tonsils removed, and he had temporarily quit the band. The song was written while Harrison was away from all of these troubles.

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”.

Harrison sang lead vocals and played acoustic guitar and Moog synthesizer. Paul McCartney sang backing vocals and played bass guitar. Ringo Starr played drums, with all three Beatles providing handclaps. John Lennon did not contribute to the song as he was recovering from a recent car crash (he was also absent from George Harrison’s “Long, Long, Long”). Unnamed musicians played violas, cellos, double bass, piccolos, flutes, alto flutes, and clarinets.

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  • pikininah

    Magical! <3

    15 Apr 7:35pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Sounds positive and dark at the same time, interesting

    2 Apr 6:48pm Reply
  • auntfran8

    Nice song.

    23 Mar 9:46pm Reply
  • cjfreckles

    it's alright

    22 Mar 3:29pm Reply
  • psychedali

    The transition from "I Want you (She's so Heavy)" on Abbey Road - one of the most brilliant musical moments ever made possible?

    22 Mar 11:40am Reply
  • pikininah

    Perfect! <3

    21 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • nachtkast

    though i doubt it will change yours if you didn't watch neon genesis evangelion

    13 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • nachtkast

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlW8lFTMRWk this changed my whole perspective

    13 Feb 7:00pm Reply
  • nick_honest

    excellent

    31 Jan 7:48pm Reply
  • kjais

    For some reason, I never really liked this track as much as everyone does, it happened to me with a lot of George's songs... It's still a magnificent song but I think there are a lot of better ones

    31 Jan 5:55am Reply
  • KunstMachtSinn

    So beautiful: sounds like sun, hope and peace. Thank you, George!

    30 Jan 12:42pm Reply
  • Wesley-VA

    such a lovely little song[2]

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    BBC1 the holiday programme always reminds me of that first but timeless.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ChelovekZZ

    не ре мажор, а ля

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    #1 beatles tune on i-tunes.........i don't doubt it, by george

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    This track, for whatever reason, always evoked the simplicity and strange wonder of childhood for me... how your parents would spontaneously dote over you, how you'd laugh and cry at the most pointless stuff and bump into big objects and than get up and totter off towards more big objects. I hate when bands etc. cover this... it's original presentation is absolutely key to how effective it is.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    This song makes me feel like I have to get up and go to work.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • skrilava23

    zato jer si češalj,najbolja stvar na svitu

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Adriat1c

    for some reason, i always get depressed when i hear this song

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    this is perfect after i want you (she's so heavy)

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
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