Demo: Within You and Without You

I was noodling around on guitar the other day and stumbled onto this melody. The Irish songs I’ve been working on rely more on notes than chords and this song does the same thing from a land 5,000 miles east of Ireland.

George Harrison’s Within You And Without You kicks of side two of The Beatles’ monumental Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record and is his sole songwriting contribution to that album. It made enough impact that each of The Beatles’ subsequent ones had at least two of George’s songs.

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall
Of illusion
Never glimpse the truth
Then it’s far too late when they pass away

We were talking about the love we all could share
When we find it to try our best to hold it there
With our love
With our love we could save the world
If they only knew

Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And you’ll see you’re really only very small
And life flows on within you
And without you

We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don’t know
They can’t see
Are you one of them?

When you’ve seen beyond yourself
Then you may find peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you’ll see we’re all one
And life flows on within you
And without you

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 various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. 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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