Fri 8 May, 2009 03:11 am
A yellow scrap of paper which George Harrison happened to scribble down some lyrics upon in an idle moment and has recently surfaced in the public realm is to be displayed in the British Library from tomorrow. The Times reports that the unrecorded lyrics (eight lines containing 67 words in total) were written at the height of the Beatles' fame. The paper has materialised after Beatles' biographer Hunter Davies rediscovered it in his archive and it is now thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds. A set of handwritten Lennon/McCartney lyrics to A Day in the Life sold for £1.3m three years ago.
From the Times
May 8, 2009
George Harrison unpublished lyrics on show at British Library
The looping handwriting on the yellowing scrap of paper does not appear to be of any importance, at first glance. The eight-line work is littered with grammatical errors and the last line seems to have been rushed.
However, because the 67 words were written by the late George Harrison it means that, from today, the modest composition will be on permanent display at the British Library.
The unrecorded lyrics were written by Harrison as the Beatles were reaching the height of their creative output. The song, for which no music survives, has emerged after Hunter Davies, the band’s biographer, rediscovered it in his archive of Beatles material. He has lent it to the library indefinitely and told The Times that he intends to leave it to the nation in his will.
He said that he had forgotten that he had the piece of paper, because Beatles memorabilia had little value when he first acquired it. Some 30 years later the demand for such material has become frenzied: a set of handwritten lyrics to A Day in the Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold for £1.3 million in 2006. The Harrison song is thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
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Scrap of the past
Im happy to say that its only
when I come across people
its only a dream and you make
with the things that you think
and you do.
your so unaware of the pain
that I bear
and jealous for what you
There’s times when I feel that
you haven’t a hope
but I also know that isn’t true.
Spelling and grammatical errors are Harrison’s own