George Harrison’s estate, saying it was “offensive” to play “Here Comes the Sun” at the RNC, suggests they should have played “Beware of Darkness”


I’d rather not get into specifics, but I had kind of a difficult day yesterday. And, knowing this, Clementine and Linette made me a nice dinner that started with a big gin and tonic, some time alone on the couch with George Harrison, and a big bowl of homemade artichoke dip. [During times of stress, I’m known to seek out Harrison’s 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass.] Interestingly, later that night, as I was catching up on the news, Harrison would come back to me in a story about the Republican National Convention. It would seem that, just before Trump’s daughter Ivanka took the stage to declare her father “the people’s champion,” they played Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”. And, as you might imagine, the musician’s family was not terribly pleased… Following are two tweets sent out by the Harrison estate.

The first references their displeasure with the Trump campaign for using “Here Comes the Sun”.

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And the second suggests a song that might have been better suited for the occasion, Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness,” which I’ve also quoted in the graphic at the top of the post.

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And, here, if you’re unfamiliar with the song, is video of Harrison and his friends performing “Beware of Darkness” at The Concert For Bangladesh [Madison Square Garden, 1971].

From now on, whenever I hear Trump’s name mentioned, I know what I’ll be humming.

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  1. Jeff Rowe
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Or Master of Puppets. That would have been fitting.

  2. Jcp2
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I’m sure they paid the licensing fee, otherwise there would be a lawsuit.

  3. Eel
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    They should have kept the music, but had Trump singing over it. “Here come the daughter… that I’d like to fuck.”

  4. Eel
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Lest anyone get mad at me for my last comment, Trump has said as much in the past.

    Here are a few examples.

  5. Meta
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    From the internet:

    On This Day‬, 45 years ago, 1 AUG 1971, The Concert for Bangladesh took place at Madison Square Garden. Two concerts were held at 2:30 and 8:00 pm. The event was the first-ever benefit concert of it’s kind. The shows were organized to fund relief efforts for refugees fleeing war-related genocide during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

    George invited Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Badfinger and other friends to perform. Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, and Kamala Chakravarty performed an opening set of Indian classical music.

  6. Beware
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Beware the Darkness indeed.

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