George Harrison

Bye Bye Love

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Indeed, "Bye Bye Love" is based on the Everly Brothers' hit of the same name. However, George Harrison all but reinvents the melody and significantly personalizes the content on this track from 1974's Dark Horse LP, taking direct aim at his concurrently crumbling relationship with wife Patti Boyd, the center of a love triangle involving Harrison's close musical compatriot Eric Clapton, the latter of whom penned several paeans to her, most notably the rock anthem "Layla." The verses could not be more emotive or plaintive as Harrison lays it all out in the lines "There goes our lady/With a 'you know who'/I hope she's happy/And old 'Clapper' too," adding that he "did me a favour/I threw them both out." So much for a rhyme scheme, huh? He continues "Now I'm into romance/I shy away from love/Got tired of ladies/That plot and shove me/And that's the reason/We all can (see) so clearly/They see that our lady/Is out on a 'spree.'" Incidentally, the quotes are copied from the printed lyrics on the LP's inner sleeve and are rumored to have been derived from actual words and phrases spoken by the parties involved. Another interesting sidebar is the notation stating "Parody lyrics added by George Harrison and permission to use given for this album only." The instruments are credited to "Rhythm Ace and Pattie + Eric Clapton," with the phrase "do yourself a favour" printed alongside "George on everything else."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dark Horse 1974 Beatles Catalog Mkt / Universal 4:07