George Harrison

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)

Composed by George Harrison

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"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" was George Harrison's second chart-topping single, reaching the lofty position in May of 1973. The serene rocker commences Harrison's 1973 Living in the Material World with a straightforward and humble plea, picking up in much the same pious manner as his first number one, "My Sweet Lord." Whether by design or fluke, the opening acoustic guitar lines recall Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" before Harrison's trademark slide glides in, further distinguishing the cut. Also noteworthy are pianist Nicky Hopkins' warm and soulful keyboard runs and fills. The laid-back pastoral feel was much in keeping with the popularity of singer/songwriters in the early '70s, and was no doubt part of the reason the tune was so well received. As alluded to above, the lyrical contents are relatively simple, petitioning the Lord for love, peace on earth, and hope, while "Trying to touch and reach you with/Heart and soul." The positive message and spiritual overtones were an extension of Harrison's growing interests in religion, most specifically Indian philosophies. That said, he incorporates the somewhat generic term "Lord" rather than God or even Sri Krsna. There are several cover versions worth noting: Bob Koenig featured it on his 1996 Prose & Icons release, Marisa Monte likewise incorporated it into her Barulhinho Bom disc that same year, and Jeff Lynne contributed a stirring reading on the 2003 Concert for George tribute.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Living in the Material World 1973 Beatles Catalog Mkt 3:36
The Best of George Harrison 1976 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:36
Live in Japan 1992 Dark Horse
No Image 1997 CAP
The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 2004 Capitol/Dark Horse 3:37
Let It Roll: The Best of George Harrison 2009 Capitol 3:35
The  Apple Years: 1968-75 2014 Apple / Capitol / Universal / Universal Music 2:38
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