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George Harrison — Isn't It A Pity
Album: All Things Must Pass
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Released: 1970
Length: 6:45
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Isn't it a pity, now isn't it a shame?
How we break each other's hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other's love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn't it a pity?

Some things take so long, but how do I explain
When not too many people
Can see we're all the same?
And because of all their tears
Their eyes can't hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Isn't it a pity?

Isn't it a pity, isn't it a shame?
How we break each other's hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other's love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn't it a pity?

Forgetting to give back
Isn't it a pity?

Forgetting to give back
Now, isn't it a pity?

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 ojibwe wrote:
Still can't believe that on the 45, this was released as the B-side to "My Sweet Lord" when it is a superior song.
 
Yes, but My Sweet Lord is a Top 40 kind of song and this is less so in that it's more cerebral. 
Even with the incredibly terrible bass playing, it still warrants a 10 from me.

I can't believe it's Klaus Voorman - it sounds like it was his first run-through of the song...
Long Live                                                                                                                                      Radio Paradise
Thank you George Harrison  for Isn't It A Pity                 to me                      9 - OUTSTANDING
 ojibwe wrote:
Still can't believe that on the 45, this was released as the B-side to "My Sweet Lord" when it is a superior song.
 
In the UK it was "What is Life" .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fny99f8amM
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Supreme sound from a supreme album!! {#Cheers}
 
ehh... three discs was really pushing it. Should have stopped at two
 IndyDoug wrote:
Very long outro....
 
"Hey! JUDE!"
Still can't believe that on the 45, this was released as the B-side to "My Sweet Lord" when it is a superior song.
Nicely follows Johnny Cash's The Man Come Around. I'll take Harrison's belief system over Cash's any day, but both clearly have inspired some fantastic songs.
And it still is.
George Harrison was the hidden treasure within the Beatles.
His music was transcendental in so many ways...
Bultaco's logic would be well applied throughout the RP comments.  Negativity and amateur criticism seems to be the fashion for so many.  Perhaps the elitist "my opinion on music is the ONLY opinion" posters might be a bit more considerate of us peasants, but probably not.
 Bultaco wrote:

If you're not a fan, shut up.

Or, as my mother used to say, "If you can't say anything nice.....don't say anything at all." 

 
Unlike what you just did. I don't think George would approve your comment.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Love George, if you ever watch the old interviews of the four of them, he always had the best one-liners and smart ass remarks even more than John...certainly not enough credit in the early years until Abbey Road when his songs were first on the both sides of album... i always feel like crying when I hear this, sometimes joyful sometimes sad......genius 

 
Must be the Canadian sensibility. Couldn't agree with you more. Makes me cry, too....for the good old days, and for George, the sweet, extremely talented, underappreciated one.
 ciarataylor wrote:
Dirge like,  I never liked it.

 
If you're not a fan, shut up.

Or, as my mother used to say, "If you can't say anything nice.....don't say anything at all." 
Lovin it, George........and missing you, buddy!
 IndyDoug wrote:
Very long outro....

 
He's saying hi to McCartney's "Hey Jude."
 IndyDoug wrote:
Very long outro....

 
Are you in a hurry?
Very long outro....
Dirge like,  I never liked it.
Italian for dinner tonight —
zuppa and ziti. {#Cheesygrin}

OK, REALLY poor attempt.
Well, enjoy every sandwich anyways.
 
Hari Hari ! , George
Love George, if you ever watch the old interviews of the four of them, he always had the best one-liners and smart ass remarks even more than John...certainly not enough credit in the early years until Abbey Road when his songs were first on the both sides of album... i always feel like crying when I hear this, sometimes joyful sometimes sad......genius 
Sounds like Election 2016
 
 BritGirl333 wrote:
I miss George...
{#Cry}

 
I miss the four of them... {#Cry}{#Cry}{#Cry}{#Cry}
Brilliant, then and now.
 romeotuma wrote:
George Harrison Documentary Will Premiere on HBO

A new documentary about the life of George Harrison featuring home movies, interviews and unseen footage of the late Beatle will premiere on HBO in October. George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a film produced by Martin Scorcese along with Harrison's widow Olivia, is set to air in two parts on October 5th and 6th.



 
black321 wrote:
I really enjoyed this doc...found it to be the most interesting cover piece on the/a Beatle's yet. 
 
Everybody in my elevator agrees with you, black321...  the program is marvelous, and we hope to watch it in my elevator again...  this song is wonderful...  it is the type of common song from The Beatles that describes how to rescue the world...  this is an important song these days...  time flies when we're having fun...  "tomorrow never knows..."  "we were talking about the space between us all, and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion..."  hope life is grand for you right this minute, black321...
 pinem wrote:
 This song carries more nostalgia for me than any song of that era; my favorite Harrison tune of all time.

 
Mine is right next to it on the line up. What Is Life. One of my very favorite tunes, period. 
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Supreme sound from a supreme album!! {#Cheers}

 
Some songs you never get tired of and this is one of them{#Smile}
Supreme sound from a supreme album!! {#Cheers}
Such a great song from a great album.  
 Yes, he was a soulful man  BritGirl333 wrote:
I miss George...
{#Cry}

 


I miss George...
{#Cry}
Just like John Paul Jones...
the underrated Zep.  George...
the underrated Be-a-tle{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam} 
And Lennon/McCartney rejected this tune for numerous Be-a-tle albums.  Go figure.
 kimschoice wrote:
1970 to present....if possible, even more poignant today.  What a pity.  What a shame.  

 
Indeed.  Words just fail.
1970 to present....if possible, even more poignant today.  What a pity.  What a shame.  
Hey guitar players, do beware of darkness, haha...
Dang! Just had this on me cd. Perfect. Only beware of darkness is better. Maya...
 Kaisersosay wrote:
does this song have an ending

 
Unfortunately, it does
 On_The_Beach wrote:

They colourized the cover for the 2001 CD release; not sure why.
Apparently the most recent version (2014) has the original bw cover, like the old vinyl box.

 
It was colorized because the album was digitally remastered. The nuances it brought out are really amazing…
 ppopp wrote:
Beautiful music. If only George had contributed more on The White album. Too many John and Paul stinkers on that double LP.

 
but 'Savoy Truffle' and 'Piggies' were the worst two
does this song have an ending
 RParadise wrote:
Let's all remember just how packed with wonderful songs this album was. What a revelation when it was released.  We never thought of George as a composer, but he proved everyone wrong.  I still listen to this six sides through at once and it's just a terrific experience.

 
I don't know about that.  He never proved me wrong.  I always considered him the quiet leader and talented
Beautiful music. If only George had contributed more on The White album. Too many John and Paul stinkers on that double LP.
This is often mentioned as one of the best from George's post-Beatles work but I never felt it. It just feels too long and a little dull rhythmically, musically, even the lyric. So much superior stuff of this album, IMO. How about Frankie Crisp or Apple Scruffs?
 DeemerDave wrote:
The album cover photo is in color!?
Why is my album cover in black and white?
George is my favorite Beatle.
 
They colourized the cover for the 2001 CD release; not sure why.
Apparently the most recent version (2014) has the original bw cover, like the old vinyl box.
 caregiver wrote:
Our sweet George

 
Yes he is
isn't it a Hey Jude?
The album cover photo is in color!?

Why is my album cover in black and white?

George is my favorite Beatle. 
Our sweet George
 kingart wrote:

the comment infinitely more so. perhaps you should immerse yourself in world news more often

 
Huh?  Hoppin_Bob believes this song is 'pap'.  Fair enough.

But how will immersing himself in world news more often change Bob's opinion of this song?
Let's all remember just how packed with wonderful songs this album was. What a revelation when it was released.  We never thought of George as a composer, but he proved everyone wrong.  I still listen to this six sides through at once and it's just a terrific experience.
George's voice is just exquisite on this song, isn't it? Sad, strong, vulnerable ... perfect.
Awesome song from an awesome record! Miss George!
 
Makes you stop what you're doing and just listen.
{#Heartkiss} R.I.P. sweet George
the remastered cd is wonderfull , u can hear stuff phil specktor put in not heard on the analog version / very tasty
How did I ever have this rated as a 9 to begin with? SOLID 10+
A diamond. 
Gone too soon. 
Wish you were still with us, George.
Nice segue!! George never gets the cred he deserves. This song is gold!!
Everytime I hear this song, I stop to listen totally immersed in time it came out-1970 all over again.
this is as good as it gets (post Beatles)
{#Hearteyes}
This is just the song I needed, at just this moment.
Thank you, Bill. (And Rebecca.)

 
 jkhandy wrote:
Yes indeed George, it is a pity, as is the fact we lost you.
 
Of course, we lose everyone. The great thing about George was that he stayed above all the grasping and desperation of the material world.

In fact, the name of this album was him acknowledging that we're here and then we're gone. What a great ride he had while he was here. 
I love this albom so much
Yes indeed George, it is a pity, as is the fact we lost you.
This started to play just as I started to look at the editorial cartoon about the shooting in Ottawa.
It's copyrighted, so I can't upload it here, but this is a story about the image. You can see it there.

https://thechronicleherald.ca/editorial-cartoon/2014-10-23-editorial-cartoon 
Another great one by His Hor-Hay-ness. {#Cool}
 hoppin_bob wrote:
rated this ho-hum a long time ago

now I realize that is too much praise

This man and even this album has more to offer

but this is pap

 
the comment infinitely more so. perhaps you should immerse yourself in world news more often
 TerryS wrote:
This is a very good song, would be even better if it were ex-Spector-ated.

 
Heh! ex-Spector-ated. 
rated this ho-hum a long time ago

now I realize that is too much praise

This man and even this album has more to offer

but this is pap
 This song carries more nostalgia for me than any song of that era; my favorite Harrison tune of all time.
Hey Jude in a minor key?
 loungelizard48 wrote:
How uncanny...I just listened to this entire album a moment ago. Good taste or what! ;-)

 
... very good indeed :))
How uncanny...I just listened to this entire album a moment ago. Good taste or what! ;-)
 gjr wrote:
i'll bet lennon was saying in '74 "isn't it a pity i rejected this song waaay back in '66?".     kudos george...this song along with your guitar solo on "let it be" were two HUGE f-ups by lennon-mccartney.............this belonged on revolver and the guitar solo belongs in let it be......isn't it a pity mccartney had become such a despot by then that two versions had to be released?

 
I think Lennon was right. This is a pretty song, but it doesn't stand up to Harrison's other mature work for the Beatles.
i'll bet lennon was saying in '74 "isn't it a pity i rejected this song waaay back in '66?".     kudos george...this song along with your guitar solo on "let it be" were two HUGE f-ups by lennon-mccartney.............this belonged on revolver and the guitar solo belongs in let it be......isn't it a pity mccartney had become such a despot by then that two versions had to be released?
This Album is brilliant, as was George. I still listen to it at least once a month.......miss George! A 10 for sure!  
Auto TEN !

 
Sounds like a chorus intoning a Gregorian chant at the end.
Who are those guys?
i should be saying isn't it a pity that jagger and richards are still prancing around and we dont have him and john anymore 
Bought the triple album on vinyl in 1971. Always associate this album with a romantic period in my life. This track is the longer version, which I prefer. Fantastic. God bless you George.
And remember to give Phil his propers for the lush production values in this song, which make it iconic and anthemic.

 
pepeq wrote:
The best song of George!
 
 



 Red_Dragon wrote:
I. LOVE. THIS. SONG.

 
I. DO. TOO.
this shou;d have been a beatles song.....but, alas, we got "the inner light" and "within you without you" instead......ill give this a ten all day long...

god i miss beatle george 
And now George is with his sweet lord and Phil is in prison hell for the remainder of his days.
Isn't it a pity.
I. LOVE. THIS. SONG.
 Orodrigues wrote:
How someone can give less than 10?

 
indeed.
How someone can give less than 10?
The best song of George!
 
I want to play this song at the highest volume, from the tallest tree and sing at the top of my lungs!!!

very nice song from a great album...  love it...
 
This is a very good song, would be even better if it were ex-Spector-ated.
 Stratocaster wrote:
This song would be a 10, if only the bass player wasn't completely lost.  Amazing that they didn't do another take.  Still a 9 for me because of the haunting melody and wall-of-sound production.  I read somewhere that the repeating na-na-na-na for the final 3 minutes was meant as an f-u to Paul McCartney because it was made to sound like Hey Jude...and he was passive-aggressively daring Paul to sue him for it.

 
Carl Radle IIRC.  He was one strung out dude by my rememberences, but he was in some mighty big and important music back in those days.  One can listen to the total or the sum of the parts.  I'll just listen to the total.  Synergy just sounds better somestimes.
{#Daisy} Turning it up. The old folks in the trailer park like it.
 
 big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:



George Harrison Documentary Will Premiere on HBO


A new documentary about the life of George Harrison featuring home movies, interviews and unseen footage of the late Beatle will premiere on HBO in October. George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a film produced by Martin Scorcese along with Harrison's widow Olivia, is set to air in two parts on October 5th and 6th.



 

Time flies when we're having fun...  love this song...
 
It's George, so I give it a pass  on its test of the Drone 0 mometer
This is why George is my favorite Beatle. Greatness resides in this song.
What is life without music like that? 
Absolutely brilliant, the version played live at his memorial concert with Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, McCartney; et al, was even better, if possible....
Ahhhhhh - the teenage memories of listening to this in my folks family room soon after this came out - only vinyl then. For an excellent cover, check out Bettye Lavette - she spins it so well.
Do I hear the walrus toward the end?

Makes me tear up everytime. Beautiful.


We miss you, George.
It's a pity George isn't still with us and making music.
I should say: how much MORE heartfelt can a song be? 
GIANT. How much heartfelt can a song be? 
This song gets a rare perfect 10 from me.
I'm not part of his collective «we».. pity to universalize....
I couldn't describe this brilliant piece of music any better!! {#Daisy}

lemmoth wrote:
Marvelous, majestic, melodic, moving masterpiece.
 


 Cynaera wrote:

Damn.  We don't have HBO. Will it be on DVD, too? I'd so love to see this...

 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 seanyeomans wrote:
Only women bleed.
 
guess who was first, though.
 seanyeomans wrote:
Only women bleed.
 

i have always heard that in there, too.
Marvelous, majestic, melodic, moving masterpiece.
Only women bleed.
George always rates a 10+ with me for anything he performed-that's the way it is!{#Bananapiano}
Bill: Thank you.