Re-writing The Songs of Our Lives: Here Comes The Sun

re-writing the songs of our lives


George Harrison wrote the song “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969 at Eric Clapton’s country house. It was first released on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. The lyrics reflect Harrison’s relief at both the arrival of spring and the break from the band’s business affairs.

Originally written in 4/4 time in A major, James Taylor and his friend Charles Floyd re-arranged the piece in 3/4 tempo in the key of F major/D minor.

And the results are absolutely stunning.

Sometimes when songs are re-written to convey the same message in a different way we feel a sense of betrayal. “No” we might say to ourselves, “that’s not the way it should go.” And, it’s like our lives. Sometimes we get so bound up in our rules, believing there’s one way life should go. And then we forget there might be another way of re-writing the song of our lives to deliver the same message in a different way, one with joy and peace.

As Yo Yo Ma says in the video “the choice of the song was a reaction to the concept of joy.”

And, it reminds us all that we can re-write the songs of our lives to reflect that joy too.


Here Comes The Sun


Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
It’s all right

This song, and many other beautiful pieces are available on the album Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace.”

Songs of Joy & Peace

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