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It's All Too Much (Harrison)

Its sound and lyric mostly drug-influenced, George's It's All Too Much is about the pressures of everything in everyday life, consuming oneself. Only later after meeting with the Maharishi did George decide that drugs weren't the answer - rather meditation, yoga, the spiritual completeness.

The song was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, 129 Kingsway, making it one of only a very few tracks by the Beatles that were not recorded at EMI Studios.

Jorma Kaukonen gets name-dropped

The opening line is often misinterpretted as "to your mother" but is, in fact, "To Jorma", as in Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, with whom George had made friends with recently.

Session musicians

David Mason and three uncredited people play trumpets and Paul Harvey plays bass clarinet

Quotes

"It's All Too Much was written in a childlike manner from realizations that appeared during and after some LSD experiences and which were later confirmed in meditation." - George

"I just wanted to write a rock 'n' roll song about the whole psychedelic thing of the time. Because you'd trip out, you see, on all this stuff, and then - whoops! - you'd just be back having your evening cup of tea! 'Your long blond hair and your eyes of blue' – that was all just this big ending we had, going out. And as it was in those days, we had the horn players just play a bit of trumpet voluntarily, and so that’s how that Prince of Denmark bit was played. And Paul and John just came up with and sang that lyric of 'your eyes of blue'." - George

"John and Paul's backing, meanwhile, started to waver a little, the chanted 'too much' eventually becoming 'tuba' and then 'Cuba.' It was that sort of a song." - Mark Lewisohn, from The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions

Release history

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