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Quiz about George Harrisons Lesser Known Songs
Quiz about George Harrisons Lesser Known Songs

George Harrison's Lesser Known Songs Quiz


I'll give you some lyrics to some of George's lesser known solo songs. See if you can guess the titles. (No fair cheating!) :)

A multiple-choice quiz by kennell. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
kennell
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
262,981
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
9 / 15
Plays
1035
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 15
1. This song was released on George's first solo album, "All Things Must Pass".

"In the fog and in the rain
Through the pleasures and the pain
On the step outside you stand
With your flowers in your hand."
Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. George made what he called in an interview a "fun" song--making a joke of having been sued for his song "My Sweet Lord." What song was this? A few lyrics to help:

"This riff ain't trying to win gold medals
This riff ain't hip or square
Well done or rare
May end up one more weight to bear"
Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. You can find this song on "33 & 1/3"

"Someone's driving a 450
And his friends are so wild
They're still in their stick shifties
But they feel they have much more style."
Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. In an interview, George himself said that the video to this song should be called, "Spot the Loony!" What song is he talking about? Here's the hint:

"I was so young when I was born
My eyes could not yet see
And by the time of my first dawn
Somebody holding me . . . they said,"
Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. This song is dedicated to a very famous singer who recorded on the Motown label:

"Throughout my lifetimes I'd hesitate
I'd feel some joy
But before I'd show my thanks it became too late
But now all the way I want to find the time
Stop and say
I thank you Lord for giving us each new day"
Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. George released this song on his "All Things Must Pass" album. He had begun to feel that if he treated people in a bad way, they were going to do the same to him.

"Some things take so long
Now how do I explain?
When not too many people
Can see we're all the same"
Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. This song was released on "Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989".

"If your hair should fall
If your shares should crash
You'll get by even without getting a rash"
Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. George wrote this song as sort of a joke, to sound as though it was an old Beatle song.

"And while you're in this world
The fuzz gonna come and claim you
But you mo' better wise
When the buzz gonna come and take you away"
Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. This next song George wrote about how he felt being in show business and being, in his words, "too famous."

"Now we like to air condition - though the air has no ozone ring
Still they're chopping down the forest
For McDonald's and the Burger King
Eating cows with such persistence - doesn't offer much resistance"
Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. A lot of people thought that this next song was written about George's first wife, Patti:

"You thought you had got me in your grip
Baby looks like you was not so smart
And I became too slippery for you
But let me tell you that was nothing new."
Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. This song appeared on the album "George Harrison":

"------- ------- ------- -------
For being on your street
Getting underneath your feet
------- ------- ------- -------
No use handing me a writ
While I'm trying to do my bit."
Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. This is one of George's best songs. He hated gossip, so he wrote this song about it:

"It's white and black like industrial waste
Pollution of the highest degree
You wonder why I don't hang out much
I wonder how you can't see."
Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. This beautiful song is also on the album "33 & 1/3".

"And when I saw the way that she smiled at me
I knew it there and then that she was A-one
And then I felt the way she was touching me
Was something I had known I was waiting upon."
Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. This song was written for a good friend of George's who became famous in the world of sports.

"The people were intrigued
His wife held back her fears
The headlines gave acclaim
He'd realized their dreams."
Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. This last song appears on the album "Cloud 9":

"Since our problems have been our own creation
They also can be overcome
When we use the power provided free to everyone.."
Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This song was released on George's first solo album, "All Things Must Pass". "In the fog and in the rain Through the pleasures and the pain On the step outside you stand With your flowers in your hand."

Answer: Apple Scruffs

This is a song that he dedicated to the fans who stood day after day outside EMI Studios hoping for autographs and such. (They came up with this name themselves, by the way.) One of the nicest verses in the song is:

"While the years they come and go
Now, your love must surely show me
That beyond all time and space
We're together face to face, my Apple Scruffs
Apple Scruffs, Apple Scruffs
How I love you, how I love you."

George really did appreciate his fans.
2. George made what he called in an interview a "fun" song--making a joke of having been sued for his song "My Sweet Lord." What song was this? A few lyrics to help: "This riff ain't trying to win gold medals This riff ain't hip or square Well done or rare May end up one more weight to bear"

Answer: This Song

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

If you would like to see the video that George made to go along with "This Song", look it up on Youtube. It's very funny! (The Prosecuting Attorney is Dracula!) This video would also be good for law students--count the number of "contempt of court" charges you find! There's lots of very good videos on this website of The Beatles, George, Ringo (including Ringo's beautiful tribute song to George called "Never Without You"), Paul and John.
3. You can find this song on "33 & 1/3" "Someone's driving a 450 And his friends are so wild They're still in their stick shifties But they feel they have much more style."

Answer: It's What You Value

George wrote in the booklet that came with the CD: "The reference to 'It's What You Value' came about because on the '74 tour the drummer-Jim Keltner-was supposed to be in the band with Andy Newmark but he backed out in the last minute, so we continued through rehearsals and into the first week without Jim. I kept phoning all the time asking him to come, and finally I got through all the obstacles and he said 'OK, I'll come and do it but I don't want paying for it.'...(There were still six weeks to go.) 'I don't want paying for it...but I'm sick of driving that old VW bus.' I said 'I get it, you want a car then?' It turned out that he got a Mercedes 450SL instead of payment but months later there was a bit of feedback from some of the others in the band saying, 'Well, how come he got a Mercedes and all we got was money?'" I guess George was right--it does come down to what you value!
4. In an interview, George himself said that the video to this song should be called, "Spot the Loony!" What song is he talking about? Here's the hint: "I was so young when I was born My eyes could not yet see And by the time of my first dawn Somebody holding me . . . they said,"

Answer: Crackerbox Palace

George met a man named George Greif (Greif is pronounced to rhyme with life-see below) in Cannes, France at a music festival in 1975. He told the man, "I don't know if this is an insult or a compliment, but you remind me of Lord Buckley." The man told George that he had managed Lord Buckley, a hip comedian during the sixties. He mentioned that Lord Buckley lived in an old beaten-up house in Los Angeles that he had named "Crackerbox Palace." George thought it made a good song title, so he wrote it down on a cigarette package, came home and wrote the rest of the song. Both men were mentioned in the song:

"Sometimes are good . . . sometimes are bad
That's all a part of life
And standing in between them all
I met a Mr. Grief - and he said,
I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
Was not expecting you
Let's rap and tap at Crackerbox Palace
Know that the Lord* is well and inside of you."

*-Lord refers to Lord Buckley.

The video to this song is also on youtube.com. It's very funny. George is riding in a baby carriage, being pushed by Neil Innes. You also get to see him dressed as a schoolboy in shorts! It's certainly different! It was filmed at Friar Park, George's huge mansion in Oxfordshire. I love it when the camera comes in for a close-up of his face and he crosses his eyes and sings, "It's twue, it's twue". (I wonder if he got that from Madeline Khan when she said the same thing in the movie "Blazing Saddles"?)
5. This song is dedicated to a very famous singer who recorded on the Motown label: "Throughout my lifetimes I'd hesitate I'd feel some joy But before I'd show my thanks it became too late But now all the way I want to find the time Stop and say I thank you Lord for giving us each new day"

Answer: Pure Smokey

This song is also on "33 & 1/3". It was written in tribute to Smokey Robinson.
6. George released this song on his "All Things Must Pass" album. He had begun to feel that if he treated people in a bad way, they were going to do the same to him. "Some things take so long Now how do I explain? When not too many people Can see we're all the same"

Answer: Isn't It A Pity?

In his book, "I Me Mine", George wrote: "'Isn't It A Pity?' is about whenever a relationship hits a down point--instead of whatever other people do (like breaking each other's jaws) I wrote a song. It was a chance to realize that if I felt somebody had let me down, then there's a good chance I was letting someone else down. We all tend to break each other's hearts, taking and not giving back--isn't it a pity?" George felt very strongly about people becoming more and more self-centered; only caring about themselves.

They tend to take and not give in return.
7. This song was released on "Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989". "If your hair should fall If your shares should crash You'll get by even without getting a rash"

Answer: Cheer Down

George later released "The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992", which is a set of eight remastered CDs and a DVD with the interview with George that I've mentioned throughout this quiz, six videos, film excerpts from the "Live In Japan" concert, and a few scenes from the Madonna/Sean Penn movie "Shanghai Surprise".

The CDs included are: "33 & 1/3", "George Harrison", "Cloud 9", "Gone Troppo", "Somewhere In England" and the entire "Live In Japan" concert. The videos included are: "This Song", "Crackerbox Palace", two different versions of "Got My Mind Set On You" (the library one is better, in my opinion; and, no, it's not George who does the back flip from the chair and the disco dance, but many people think it's him, which George thought was really hilarious! "I don't dance," he said in the interview. "I'm amazed at how many people think it's me!" Look closely-the man is younger, heavier and has longer, darker and more curly hair than George), "When We Was Fab", and my personal favorite, "This Is Love." A must have for the truly devoted George Harrison fan! (Watch the "Live in Japan" concert excerpt when the band is doing the song "Taxman".

A blonde back-up singer sticks her tongue out at the camera! Really childish!)
8. George wrote this song as sort of a joke, to sound as though it was an old Beatle song. "And while you're in this world The fuzz gonna come and claim you But you mo' better wise When the buzz gonna come and take you away"

Answer: When We Was Fab

This one should have been easy. Of course the song is about the old Beatles days. The video to this song (available on the DVD I mentioned in question 7, or on youtube.com) is very good. Ringo and Elton John appear in it. If you watch very closely towards the end, as Elton John walks by, a light blue cup appears from one of George's eight hands. Elton drops a coin into the cup and keeps walking.

Another hand reaches out and steals Elton's wallet! That's the second time George has been seen stealing on film! (How many of you Beatle fans saw George shoplifting at the jeweler's store when the jeweler was trying to cut the sacred sacrificial ring from Ringo's finger in the movie "HELP!"? Shame on you, George!) The song represents several Beatle songs. George's eight arms represent "HELP!", which had the working title of "Eight Arms To Hold You" before switching the title.

In the interview, he said he loved to make grammatical errors as a joke, and did so in many of his songs.
9. This next song George wrote about how he felt being in show business and being, in his words, "too famous." "Now we like to air condition - though the air has no ozone ring Still they're chopping down the forest For McDonald's and the Burger King Eating cows with such persistence - doesn't offer much resistance"

Answer: Cockamamie Business

George never seemed happy to be so famous. He said in his interview that being in a band was fun, until they got too famous. Proof? The end of the song goes:

"Well you do what you can - you can't do much more than that
(No you can't do what he just said)
Some days you're pretty sharp - on other days you feel half dead
(While you make your daily bread)
Didn't want to be a star - wanted just to play guitar
In this cockamamie business."

George mentions in his interview that it doesn't matter how much money or property you have, you'll never be happy until you have inner peace and find God. Hare Krishna, George!
10. A lot of people thought that this next song was written about George's first wife, Patti: "You thought you had got me in your grip Baby looks like you was not so smart And I became too slippery for you But let me tell you that was nothing new."

Answer: Dark Horse

The song has nothing what so ever to do with Patti. From his book "I Me Mine", George writes: "'Dark Horse' is the old story, 'Mr. Penguin's poking Mrs. Johnson from the Co-op.' 'Oh really! Who'd have thought that-he's a bit of a dark horse, isn't he?' I didn't know 'til later the other idea of a dark horse-the one that wins that nobody has put any money on. I'm a bit thick, really.

The pity with 'Dark Horse'-the song-was that I hadn't finished the record when I had to go to the States to rehearse the band for the American tour in 1974. So I taught the band the tune and we recorded it 'live'; and by that time I had no voice, so it's a shouting, hoarse (!) version of it, while the other remains unfinished."
11. This song appeared on the album "George Harrison": "------- ------- ------- ------- For being on your street Getting underneath your feet ------- ------- ------- ------- No use handing me a writ While I'm trying to do my bit."

Answer: Not Guilty

George wrote: "'Not Guilty' was written in 1968 although it appeared for the first time on the 1979 'George Harrison' album. "I wrote it before the Beatles 'White' album and it seems to be about that period: Paul-John-Apple-Rishikesh-Indian friends, etc."
12. This is one of George's best songs. He hated gossip, so he wrote this song about it: "It's white and black like industrial waste Pollution of the highest degree You wonder why I don't hang out much I wonder how you can't see."

Answer: Devil's Radio

According to the DVD interview on "The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992", George said that most of the "history" written about The Beatles and himself was wrong. He laughed right at the camera and said that at the moment he was giving the interview, "People" Magazine had been told he was in the Betty Ford Clinic! "Devil's Radio" is about all of the silly gossip that people will listen to and spread.
13. This beautiful song is also on the album "33 & 1/3". "And when I saw the way that she smiled at me I knew it there and then that she was A-one And then I felt the way she was touching me Was something I had known I was waiting upon."

Answer: Beautiful Girl

George wrote "Beautiful Girl" for his second wife, Olivia. Very fitting, too, as she is very beautiful! Lucky lady! (He also wrote "Dark Sweet Lady" for her as well).
14. This song was written for a good friend of George's who became famous in the world of sports. "The people were intrigued His wife held back her fears The headlines gave acclaim He'd realized their dreams."

Answer: Faster

This song is about Formula One racing, which George loved. He had friends who were race car drivers, and a couple of them let him drive their racers around the track a few times. (Not during a race, of course!) The video to this song is also on "The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992" and on youtube.com.

It looks like a much more dangerous type of racing than NASCAR, as the cars don't have roofs on them!
15. This last song appears on the album "Cloud 9": "Since our problems have been our own creation They also can be overcome When we use the power provided free to everyone.."

Answer: This Is Love

This is my favorite of George's solo songs and video. (It's also on "The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992" and on youtube.com). It was filmed at George's home in Maui, Hawaii, which he purchased after he and Olivia visited Hawaii and totally fell in love with it. George is standing on rocks with huge waves crashing behind him. (He gets rather wet!) We also see him enjoying a picnic with his family and friends. It's a beautiful song and video!

Thanks for playing the quiz. We George fans miss him so much, but as Ringo Starr sings in "Never Without You":

"Here today, not alone
With my memories
Life is strange how things change
It's reality
You played a beautiful melody
That keeps on haunting me
I can always feel you by my side
And your song will play on without you
And this world won't forget about you
Every part of you was in your song
Now we will carry on... never without you."
Source: Author kennell

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