Behind That Locked Door


What can I say about George Harrison’s songwriting? It must have been quite a mixed blessing to be bandmates with two of the greatest songwriters who ever lived. He must have learned a lot from them but it was difficult to get songwriting space on the Beatles’ albums. By the time they recorded their final album, Abbey Road, his contributions, Here Comes the Sun and Something, were as good as anything the other two were writing. They were as good as anything anybody was writing.

George’s first album after the band split was the three-record set All Things Must Pass. It’s brilliant, beginning to end. This is my take on a song that comes in the middle of Side Two.

Why are you still crying?
Your pain is now through
Please forget those teardrops
Let me take them from you
The love that you’re blessed with
This world’s waiting for
So won’t you let out your  heart
Please, please
From behind that locked door?

It’s time we start smiling
What else can we do?
With only this short time
I’m going to be here with you
The tales that you taught me
From the things that you saw
Make we want out your heart
Please, please
From behind that locked door.

And if ever my love goes
If I’m rich or I’m poor
Won’t you let out me heart
Please, please
From behind that locked door?

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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