Song facts: Long, Long, Long

On October 7th 1968, The Beatles recorded a new George Harrison song Long, Long, Long for the band's forthcoming White Album. Once again John Lennon was absent from another George Harrison recording. The working title for the song on this day was It's Been a Long, Long, Long Time.

George, Paul and Ringo recorded 67 takes. The unorthodox sound at the end of the song is the result of a wine bottle balancing on a Leslie speaker, which rattled whenever Paul played a note on the organ. Ringo also added a snare drum roll for added effect.

"There's a sound near the end of the song which is a bottle of Blue Nun wine rattling away on top of a Leslie speaker cabinet. It just happened. Paul hit a certain note and the bottle started vibrating. We thought it was so good that we set the mikes up and did it again. The Beatles always took advantage of accidents." - Chris Thomas
"The 'you' in Long, Long, Long is God. I can't recall much about it except the chords, which I think were coming from Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands - D to E minor, A, and D - those three chords and the way they moved." - George Harrison

Long, Long, Long appears at the end of side 3 on The White Album, just after Helter Skelter

Personnel

  • George Harrison – double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitars
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, Hammond organ, bass guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Chris Thomas – piano
The Beatles on their Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th 1968. 

The Beatles on their Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th 1968. 

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison working on the White Album, 1968. 

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison working on the White Album, 1968.