Song facts: The Inner Light
The Inner Light is a Beatles' song written by George Harrison, and a progression of Harrison's interest in eastern philosophy and transcendental meditation, which began with Love Me To and Within You Without You.
The song was written especially for Juan Mascaró because he sent me the book [Lamps of Fire] and is a sweet old man. It was nice, the words said everything. Amen. – George Harrison, 1979
On January 12th 1968, Harrison recorded the instrumental track for his new sitar piece in Bombay, India; the only Beatles' song to be recorded outside of Europe. The rest of the track, including vocals and overdubs was recorded in London on January 13th, February 6th and 8th, after The Beatles completed work on Lady Madonna.
"George had this big thing about not wanting to sing it because he didn't feel confident that he could do the song justice. I remember Paul saying, You must have a go, don't worry about it, it's good." - Jerry Boys, tape operator
Lennon and McCartney were very impressed with The Inner Light and chose to release it as the B-side to Lady Madonna on March 15th, 1968. This was the first George Harrison composition to appear on a Beatles' single.
It was later released on The Beatles' Past Masters single compilation.
- George Harrison – lead vocals, direction
- John Lennon – harmony vocals
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocals
- Aashish Khan – sarod
- Hanuman Jadev – shehnai
- Hariprasad Chaurasia – bansuri
- Mahapurush Misra – pakhavaj
- Rijram Desad – harmonium
- uncredited – tabla tarang