George Harrison: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) Meaning
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Song Released: 1971
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) Lyrics
Give me peace on Earth
Give me light, give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope to help me cope
With this heavy load
Trying to touch and reach you
With heart and soul
Take hold of my hand
anonymous Feb 5th, 2016 2:31am report
George is clear that he is speaking to God ("My Lord") and is asking God (not someone else for these things (love, light and peace while on earth). He wants a strong connection to God and is asking for God's help in his quest to find Him and to understand what God wants of us while we are here on earth (Please take hold of my hand, so that I can understand you). There is no mistaking his "keep me free from birth" line. He is already a mature man and is not asking for "freedom" from the time he is born onward. As a Bhakti, his request is the ultimate goal that one could ever pray for, want and work towards -- to be free from the cycle of birth and death and to instead exist forever in the spiritual world with God. To reach the point of enough spiritual advancement so that at the time he leaves his body he goes "Back to Godhead" and is finally free from birth. In the meantime, because our time on earth is so difficult, he prays for help in coping with this difficult time spent on earth. His pleas are plaintive, like a child, "oh won't you please, oh won't you..." This reflects the mood encouraged by Bhakti to spiritually advance and receive shelter from God - to pray and chant to God like a child crying out to his mother.
anonymous Sep 28th, 2018 9:23pm report
I have a few friends who are very fond of George Harrison and his music. From my perspective, the Lord he refers to in this song and in My Sweet Lord when he wrote, recorded and released this song is the Lord Krishna. I also believe, after he became of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, he expanded that to include Buddha, Mohammed and Christ, possibly others. I have friends who believe that in these two songs, the Lord mentioned is Jesus Christ and no other.
anonymous Sep 28th, 2018 9:21pm report
I have a few friends who are very fond of George Harrison and his music. From my perspective, the Lord he refers to in this song and in My Sweet Lord when he wrote, recorded and released this song is the Lord Krishna. I also believe, after he became of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, he expanded that to include Buddha, Mohammed and Christ, possibly others.
kooljohn176 Dec 23rd, 2015 12:15pm report
A beautiful spiritual song by GEORGE HARRISON in the yearning for love and a peace of mind on this Earth to serve The Lord in purifying his soul in this lifetime to ''keep him free of birth'' so that he would hope that his soul will be with The Lord after this lifetime ends. In order for it[the soul] to be in Godhead that is in Heaven, instead of his soul to be reborn by a Reincarnation life form of suffering by our sinful nature.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2015 10:37pm report
Through numerous incarnations we will need God's love. Not to be stuck in a void or boxed in. For love is all there is. We were meant to be loving beings.
anonymous Sep 6th, 2011 9:44pm report
George is saying that we should give Peace and love on the earth because, they are what makes life alot easier.
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