Artist – The Beatles
Album – Abbey Road
Year – 1969
Genre – Classic Rock
C’mon now. You all had to know at SOME point there would be a Beatles song on here, right? You can bet you’ll see more in the future. But for now, let’s start with what I believe to be one of the greatest Beatles songs ever written. Sung by one of the most underrated Beatles, George Harrison, Something is a beautiful love song that should be heard by everyone at least once.
This song doesn’t need to be loud to get it’s message across, and it shows right from the start. The opening is soulful, with slow, driving bass and rhythmic drums, but always gentle and sensitive. George’s singing is completely open here. From the beginning, he’s made himself vulnerable and really pouring himself out. He softly sings as if he were whispering in the ear of his loved one. The chorus is the same; simple, yet incredibly sincere. The keyboard and emotive strings in the background gives a bit more substance and passion, and as the pace picks up between verse and chorus, it adds an almost pleading sense to the song.
The pattern repeats, but the bridge is where the song just bursts with honesty and love. As George wails about how his love is uncertain, the instruments reflect that turmoil with quick beats and swelling layers. This is powerful music right here. The breakdown begins, and the soulful guitar solo begins, with another simple, yet incredibly sad melody. It’s soulful and really is exactly what’s called for.
The harmony on the last verse is absolutely divine. It’s breathtaking, and with all the band mates singing, it adds to that universal message of the song. Finally, there’s one last chorus and the song ends with a swelling ending, repeating the opening riff but with more power and passion.
The lyrics of this song are what get you. Harrison’s verses describes the feelings we all get when faced with someone we love, whether they know it or not. We love the way they move, speak, laugh, and pretty much everything else. We love the little things that make them who they are, and those are the things that truly capture our hearts. This is what makes us fall in love. The choruses and bridge are the perfect foil to the hopeful verses. In the chorus, Harrison tells us he is afraid to for her to leave him, as he loves her too much.
“I don’t want to leave her now.”
This is an all too relevant fear in most of our lives, and can tear us apart like no other moment. In the bridge, Harrison is unsure if she is even in love with him, or he with her. He doesn’t know where the relationship will go, or if it will flourish at all, despite how much he may want it to.
“You’re asking me will my love grow? I don’t know.”
These are universal fears felt by both men and women of all orientations. Love is love, and the same problems and heartbreaks happen to everyone. This is why great love songs like this one are so beautiful. They manage to capture all our fears so simply and quietly, yet so passionately and deeply at the same time.
Something is a song about love in our lives. We don’t know where it will lead, but we’re all together in our hope and heartbreak. It’s soft, mellow, heartfelt, and catchy too. It’s truly graceful in it’s simplicity and emotion. It’s perfect to sing when you need to, and it will always be there for you. This song is more than a song. It’s comfort during your dark times, where you feel at your lowest. But take heart in the message that the song provides. You don’t know where your love will go. Maybe it will grow. Maybe you will find that someone whom you can sing this song to forever. That’s why this song matters.
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