You say that at times you are afraid. Because thy mercy is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Because better is Thy kindness than life, My lips do praise Thee. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. In a Rolling Stone readers' poll, titled 10 Greatest Solo Beatle Songs, the song placed fourth, with the editor commenting: The track is deceptively simple, and more layers become apparent the more often you play it. Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise Thee. A similar list by Michael Galluci of placed it second behind My Sweet Lord , as Galluci wrote of the track having a giant pop hook as its guide as well as the catchiest chorus Harrison ever penned.
I know that in this life when I am troubled, through God it's you who keeps me strong. Now, that probably sounds incredibly pessimistic of me. What Is Life has featured in Bruce Pollock's book The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944—2000, Treble website's The Top 200 Songs of the 1970s ranked at number 101 and 's 1000 Songs That Rock Your World at number 247. In many countries, it was issued as the second from the album, in February 1971, becoming a top-ten hit in the United States, Canada and elsewhere, and topping singles charts in Australia and Switzerland. You don't find them compromising that much.
In November 2004, released his recording of What Is Life on the special-edition version of his album. Harrison co-produced the recording with , whose production also employed a prominent string arrangement by and multiple acoustic rhythm guitars, played by Harrison's fellow signings. This is the same kind of shitty logic used to justify things like spirit crystals or that your lucky number is 34 but only on Tuesdays or during full moons. I'm now in a relationship that I wanted since I was in the 7th grade, but we were total opposites. If it strikes your fancy, write down a few answers and then, you know, go out and actually do them. When you do land in a relationship, though, be sure not to let that self-assurance become overbearing; your flair for the dramatic can make lovers' spats soap-opera-worthy. Manson, turn that frown upside down.
How happy will be that last morning, when the believer, awaking up after the Divine likeness, shall be satisfied with all the fulness of God, and praise him with joyful lips, where there is no night, and where sorrow and sighing flee away! You might not say, I'm mad at you for not calling,' says Lynch. I did not know it then, but he has made life so much more exciting. For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance. I found out a while back that at the same time I was crushing on him he was crushing on me. Your constant love is better than life itself, and so I will praise you. Classical guitarist Joseph Breznikar recorded a version of the song for his 2003 tribute album George Harrison Remembered: A Touch of Class.
Because There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Not because I wanted anyone to read it. The song was arranged and produced by of and , who was Newton-John's regular producer and collaborator during the 1970s. The song's second verse repeats what Inglis refers to as the somewhat confusing promise from Harrison in lines 3 and 4 should his love be rejected: What I know, I can't do If I give my love out to everyone like you But if it's not love that you need Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed. These lyrics have caused some debate among biographers and music critics, as to whether What Is Life should be viewed as a straightforward love song — perhaps a lovingly crafted paen to Harrison's wife , as puts it — or a like many of Harrison's compositions. But now we're having a baby together and in love. Because we all get served one eventually. With as co-producer and all the Friends team on hand, the song was among the first tracks taped for Harrison's debut post-Beatles solo album; recording took place at in London, during late May or early June.
You just might not pick up when your man calls for four days. And tell me, who am I without you, by my side? I have fallen in love with him with every breath he takes. In his autobiography, , Harrison describes it as having been written very quickly and recalls that he thought it would be a perfect, catchy pop song for Preston to record. Therefore, to achieve them, we must go against the herd mentality. In a 2010 poll to find the 10 Best George Harrison Songs, listeners voted What Is Life third behind My Sweet Lord and.
Feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something important, something meaningful. I would sit and play video games instead of doing more important things like studying for an exam, or showering regularly, or. Speaking to Billboard editor-in-chief in December 2000, Harrison explained the reason for the lack of a guide vocal on this version: I'm playing the fuzz guitar part that goes all through the song. Harrison's original recording was included on the compilations and , and live versions appear on his album 1992 and in 's 2011 documentary. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Pisces has a reputation for being very humble, and they might be a little hard to connect with sometimes, says Lynch. Writing in the book , author refers to the upbeat single 'What Is Life' as an example of how Harrison grabs what he needs from his old band — that insinuating sense — and uses it to frame an utterly comfortable metaphysical discourse.
After all, for all I know, this person is really into knitting sweaters for kittens or filming gay bondage porn in their basement. I promise a love with devotion that will never ever fade away. Musically, Simon Leng describes What Is Life as -spiced and a comparatively rare example of its composer's willingness to embrace the role of entertainer in his songwriting. In 2009, Matt Melis of listed it sixth among his Top Ten Songs by Ex-Beatles, writing: it's arguable that Harrison's All Things Must Pass is the best solo album put out by a Beatle. Because Your loving devotion is better than life, my lips will glorify You.