The Beatles (George Harrison) Long, Long, Long (3:04) Lyrics
It's been a long long long time,
How could I ever have lost you
When I loved you.
It took a long long long time
Now I'm so happy I found you
How I love you
So many tears I was searching,
So many tears I was wasting, oh. Oh--
Now I can see you, be you
How can I ever misplace you
How I want you
Oh I love you
Your know that I need you.
Ooh I love you.
Long Long Long (3:04)
Recorded: October 7, 1968 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added October 8-9, 1968
John Lennon - acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney - bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ
George Harrison - double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr - drums
Author - George Harrison
STORY BEHIND THE SONG (LONG, LONG, LONG)
"Long, Long, Long" is a song written by George Harrison, and first released by the The Beatles on their 1968 album, The Beatles (also known as The White Album).
Music a___yst Alan Pollack said the song has "an off-beat mixture of styles typical of the times: a three-way cross between jazz waltz, folk song, and late sixties psychedelia." Critic Richie Unterberger wrote that "Long, Long, Long" is one of the most underrated songs in the Beatles' large discography. Ian MacDonald also argues that the song is Harrison's "finest moment" on The Beatles.
"Long, Long, Long" is a love song, though as Nicholas Schaffner notes, it is "the first of dozens of Harrison love songs that are ambiguous in that he could be singing either to his lady or to his Lord." Harrison later stated that it had been written about God.
According to Harrison's autobiography, I Me Mine, the rattling heard at the end of the song was the result of a bottle of Blue Nun wine sitting on the Leslie speaker. When Paul McCartney played a certain note on the Hammond organ the bottle began to rattle. To compound the sound, Starr recorded a fast snare drum roll.
Under the working t__le "It's Been A Long Long Long Time", recording for the song began on 7 October 1968. The Beatles, minus John Lennon, recorded 67 takes of the rhythm track, with Harrison on vocals and acoustic guitar, McCartney playing a modified Hammond organ, and Starr on drums.