George Harrison

Blood from a Clone

Composed by George Harrison

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Leading off George Harrison's Somewhere in England LP is "Blood from a Clone," a biting satire that relates the difficulty the former Beatle was concurrently having with his record company -- in particular, the label's initial rejection of nearly half of the LP's material and the cover artwork. In a nutshell, Warner Bros. flatly refused to distribute the album that Harrison had first delivered to them until he replaced the songs "Tears of the World," "Lay His Head," "Flying Hour," and "Sat Singing." When the platter was finally released in the spring of 1981, "Blood from a Clone" became one of the submitted alternates. The lyrics that accompany the bopping and otherwise affable midtempo melody were nothing short of a stab at the age-old "artist versus suits" dilemma. Harrison doesn't pull any punches, either, as evidenced by the chorus "Beating their heads on a brick wall/Hard like a stone/Ain't no messing 'round with music/They want the blood from a clone." Decidedly more pointed is the verse "There is no sense to it/Pure pounds and pence to it," concluding with the couplet "Don't want no music, but they're making you sick with/Some awful noise that may get played." He even makes a surreptitious inference to the progressions in pop music that the Beatles were responsible for ("I thought we'd all freed us"), while comparing corporate A&R men to immature thugs ("Could be they lack roots/They're still wearing jackboots"). Content aside, "Blood from a Clone" remarkably not only made it onto the LP, but extolled the inequities within the system in the same uncompromising fashion that Harrison's "Taxman" had done some 15 years earlier.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Somewhere in England 1981 Dark Horse 3:58
The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 2004 Capitol / Dark Horse 4:04