Ten Favorite Dark Songs: Dark Horse (#7)

@FourWalls (12921)
United States
January 31, 2017 7:35pm CST
The dark songs I'm posting may be showing the "dark side" of me! I posted a very popular song yesterday, and what's this -- another song and person most people have heard of?! I blame the bronchitis medication. Here's the next song on my list of favorites with dark in the title. #7: Dark Horse - George Harrison Some itenerant guitarist who was in some band from England. Wonder if he ever achieved any success? Actually, George's reputation as "the Quiet Beatle" partly inspired this terrific song where he compares himself to a long shot in a horse race. Other inspirations included what was going on his personal life at the time: Layla! In my generation this is common knowledge, but I've been surprised by a lot of things that were "common knowledge" that get a lot of "I didn't know that" replies. In this timeframe Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd, was having an affair with Eric Clapton. Clapton wrote the song "Layla" about her. (After she and Harrison split she married Clapton...and, despite him telling her "you look wonderful tonight" in that song, they eventually divorced, too.) Additionally, Harrison was quite devout in his Hindu faith. His first #1 single was "My Sweet Lord," and his album Living in the Material World received a lot of flack for being "preachy" ("so damn holy that I could scream" said one critic). Harrison politely but firmly took the critics to task at the same time he dealt with his wife's unfaithfulness with one of his best friends (Harrison and Clapton toured together in the 90s) and the pressure of being an ex-Beatle. Put it all together and it's one of George Harrison's greatest singles. Dark Horse Written by George Harrison Recorded by George Harrison From Dark Horse, 1974 I've been a cool jerk:
George Harrison, Dark Horse (álbum Dark Horse, 1974)
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1 Feb 17
Nice. Are you a guitarrist also?
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@FourWalls (12921)
• United States
1 Feb 17
I own a guitar but I play more like George my plumber instead of George Harrison.
1 Feb 17
@FourWalls What do you think about Slash or Santana? hahah they are not my favourites is just curious.
@FourWalls (12921)
• United States
1 Feb 17
@Kandelaber -- I grew up listening to country music, so I like more melodic guitar playing like Mark Knopfler. Not saying anything about them except they aren't my cup of tea.
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@dgobucks226 (10743)
29 May
George was a very introspective writer in some ways. Love his stuff on "All Things Must Pass." This album was a critical success and contained songs he could not get on any of the Beatles albums. 2 of my favorites on this album were [/u]If Not For You and I'd Have You Anytime[u]. Almost in the same class as his Beatles hit "Something."
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@FourWalls (12921)
• United States
29 May
I agree. You know, Frank Sinatra hated rock and roll, but even he said "Something" was "one of the greatest love songs ever written."
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@dgobucks226 (10743)
29 May
@FourWalls Heard the same thing about Sinatra and George's song Something.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Feb 17
I must say, I've never heard this one. I really haven't listened to very much George Harrison, honestly.
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@JohnRoberts (52213)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Feb 17
I was thinking this is the first George song to make anyone's list. I thought My Sweet Lord was a great song.
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