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Song Released: 1976

This Song Lyrics

This song has nothing tricky about it
This song ain't black or white and as far as I know
Don't infringe on anyones copyright, so...

This song well let be
This song is in "E"
This song is for you and...

This tune has nothing...

  1. astorian
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    Mar 21st 2012 report

    Shortly before writing "This Song," George Harrison was sued for plagiarism. He was accused of stealing the tune of "My Sweet Lord" from the old Shirelles' hit "He's So Fine."

    "This Song" is a comical response to that lawsuit. George is saying sarcastically that he's had experts check out the song thoroughly, and they've assured him it doesn't violate any other songwriter's copyright, so he can safely record it without being taken to court.

    In the middle, you can hear two "old ladies" (actually voiced by Neil Innes and Monty Python's Eric Idle) speculating about what oldie "This Song" was copied from (one suggests it sounds like the 4 Tops' "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch," while the other thinks it sounds like "Rescue Me").

    George is trying to say, in his light-hearted way, that a song is just a song, and is supposed to be FUN... which means musicians and composers shouldn't take themselves too seriously, and shouldn't be suing each other.

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