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Eric Clapton — Beware of Darkness
Album: Concert for George
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:48
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Watch out now,
Take care beware of falling swingers
Dropping all around you,
The pain that often mingles in your fingertips
Beware of darkness

Watch out now,
Take care beware the thoughts that linger
Winding up inside your head
The hopelessness around you
In the dead of night
Beware of sadness

It can hit you, it can hurt you -
Make you sore and what is more,
That is not what you are here for

Watch out now, take care,
Beware of soft shoe shufflers
Dancing down the sidewalks,
As each unconscious sufferer
Wanders aimlessly,
Beware of MAYA

Watch out now, take care,
Beware of greedy leaders
They'll take you where you should not go,
While Weeping Atlas Cedars
They just want to grow
Beware of darkness
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I miss George in so many different ways.
In the context of the tribute, this is passable. Otherwise it's pretty lackluster. Leon Russell's cover is far superior.
One of George's best songs (and he has many).  Love this one.
Kind of amazing when you wake out of a night of deep Christmas depression to this playing on RP...
Makes you think about fellow travelers on those boats drifting silently down the Dark River.
Very few concerts in memory of ANYONE done better!!!!! Really made you appreciate Harrison's music that much more!!
love this concert.  so well done.
 h8rhater wrote:

Fortunately, you're just a wing-nut on a message board so your "what if" is just hot air. 


 

I know this is an old post but if you had read Clapton's autobiography you would know that Patty finally left George after he started having an open affair with Ringo's wife. These guys were so strung out on drugs.  It's all in the past and the music lives on.
 lemmoth wrote:

Some truths in here amico, but you come on a little strong with some of your assertions.  You are clearly a huge George fan.  I love him too.

No doubt that John and Paul were the dominant writers and that George had to fight for his songs to be included.  Also clear that he had a raft of quality songs available for ATMP. 

But I don't think I would say Paulie was "worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter."  No evidence in any of the dozen books I've read of this or any other lack of confidence in Macca.  And Maxwell (Paul's song) and Octopus' Garden (Ringo tune) aren't crap, although point taken that several ATMP songs were quite a bit better.

 
I think the best comment I've ever heard about Harrison having a hard time getting his songs onto a Beatles album came from John Lennon. Lennon said something to the effect of George was stuck in a band with 2 egomaniacs (himself and Paul) and it would have been hard for anyone.
Not the best audio, but hey, it's Clapton, so it's monumental!
This is a beautiful tribute (as was the whole show) to Eric's best friend. 
 leafmold wrote:


Sweet and poignant coming from Clapton
 
 + 1 


Sweet and poignant coming from Clapton
 mcYammer wrote:
I hear a little of sadness, possibly regret in Eric's voice. Especially when he warns us, "beware of Maya (of desiring another's woman)".

apropos.
 
How did their friendship withstand Patti? 

Love Clapton's guitar work here...An oddly, darkly beautiful song filled with sorrow. One of George's best.  

 oldviolin wrote:
ministerial
Indeed. 


Best Eric Clapton performance ever.
 Carl wrote:
Eric Clapton is considered to be one of the world's best guitarists (Rolling Stone rated #2 behind Jimi Hendrix) but these ratings are all rock/blues musicians. I wonder how the classical guitarists like ‪Andrés Segovia‬ and Julian Bream compare in terms of talent with the rock greats. The "best of" lists don't seem to even acknowledge their existence and yet they're virtuosos of the instrument. Curious. 
 

The world of rock and roll doesn't really acknowledge the existence of classical guitarists, at least when it comes to lists of greats.
Eric Clapton is considered to be one of the world's best guitarists (Rolling Stone rated #2 behind Jimi Hendrix) but these ratings are all rock/blues musicians. I wonder how the classical guitarists like ‪Andrés Segovia‬ and Julian Bream compare in terms of talent with the rock greats. The "best of" lists don't seem to even acknowledge their existence and yet they're virtuosos of the instrument. Curious. 
 calypsus_1 wrote:


You May Be Seated by ~RetroLoony
Patricia L.  ©2010 ~
RetroLoony

Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tn.
Occasion: Eric Clapton & Roger Daltrey.
Date: 3/5/2010



 
who bought Gram the guitar for Christmas... {#Lol}

 johnjconn wrote:
Your alone on that idiot thought
 
Check your idiot narrow-mindedness and your idiot punctuation. 
 
Musical opinions are just that: opinions.  Disrespect other's opinions and they will disrespect yours.  
 
Punctuation has rules.  Or perhaps it's a misspelling.  It's spelled "You're" as in a contraction of "You are".  And you're also missing a period at the end of your sentence.


Hope you are listening, my friend.
 aelfheld wrote:
One of the few George Harrison songs worth listening to more than once.
 
Why even post such an ignorant statement? Really, why bother?

this concert was so god damn good.
 h8rhater wrote:

Fortunately, you're just a wing-nut on a message board so your "what if" is just hot air. 

 

Tell ya what ... go out and do a bit of dating.

Then we'll talk.

One of the few George Harrison songs worth listening to more than once.
 keller1 wrote:

Unsurprisingly, I disagree with you,

From reading his autobiography I was left with the conclusion that Clapton, for all his talent, is so narcissistic that he wouldn't think twice about stealing another man's woman.

If I had been George Harrison, I would have cut Clapton's nuts off and stuffed them down his throat.

 
Fortunately, you're just a wing-nut on a message board so your "what if" is just hot air. 

 ziakut wrote:
Eric Clapton does very little for me normally...but this cover he puts some heartfelt emotion into it. Sounds good. EC is so overrated. GH is underrated and very missed.
 
Agreed. . . I really miss George. . . 

 

God Bless George, the spiritual voice of the Beatles.
Great version. The DVD is tremendous to watch.


 dedawson wrote:
Sorry folks, but the absolute best version is Leon Russel's.
 
Yep.

If Johnette Napolitano were singing, with EC in the back, this would be the second best version ever.  The first, of course, is the author.  Thank you, Mr. Harrison.


You May Be Seated by ~RetroLoony
Patricia L.  ©2010 ~
RetroLoony

Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tn.
Occasion: Eric Clapton & Roger Daltrey.
Date: 3/5/2010



Eric Clapton does very little for me normally...but this cover he puts some heartfelt emotion into it. Sounds good. EC is so overrated. GH is underrated and very missed.
I hear a little of sadness, possibly regret in Eric's voice. Especially when he warns us, "beware of Maya (of desiring another's woman)".

apropos.
Beautiful...george there in spirit!
ministerial

Wyclef Jean with Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight" at Carnegie Hall, Live
Multi-platinum award winning superstar Wyclef Jean welcomes an all star gathering to New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall for the first annual Clefs Kids concert in aid of the Wyclef Jean Foundation for inner city youth musical education.

Backed by a dazzlingly talented array of teenaged Clefs Kids musicians, the show is fronted by Wyclef Jean and features guest appearances from a stellar line up of guests including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Destinys Child, Macy Gray, Marc Anthony, Charlotte Church, Third World and Mary J Blige.



 lemmoth wrote:


this was a joke right? The EC/GH relationship is an example of how good friends refused to let a woman get between them.  Thank God for their example.
 
Unsurprisingly, I disagree with you,

From reading his autobiography I was left with the conclusion that Clapton, for all his talent, is so narcissistic that he wouldn't think twice about stealing another man's woman.

If I had been George Harrison, I would have cut Clapton's nuts off and stuffed them down his throat.

zzzzzzzzzzzz


A good cut from one of the finest tribute album/concerts I've ever heard.  I'd like to think that George was a positive influence on many of his peers.

Sorry folks, but the absolute best version is Leon Russel's.
 daveesh wrote:
first, he steals his wife, then he steals his song. nice guy.
 

this was a joke right? The EC/GH relationship is an example of how good friends refused to let a woman get between them.  Thank God for their example.
 jedley wrote:
Most of the songs from All Things Must Pass were written while George was still with the Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper forward. Imagine how much better Abbey Road would've been if Paul hadn't elbowed his way into putting in crap songs like Maxwell's Silver Hammer and fucking Octopus's Garden and let George put more stuff in. The story goes that Paul was threatened by While My Guitar Gently Weeps during the White Album sessions, worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter. Then when George presented Something and Here Comes the Sun for Abbey Road, Paul realized they were by far the best songs on the album and so jealously blocked him from putting My Sweet Lord and The Art of Dying in as well. Isn't it a pity, indeed...
 
Some truths in here amico, but you come on a little strong with some of your assertions.  You are clearly a huge George fan.  I love him too.

No doubt that John and Paul were the dominant writers and that George had to fight for his songs to be included.  Also clear that he had a raft of quality songs available for ATMP. 

But I don't think I would say Paulie was "worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter."  No evidence in any of the dozen books I've read of this or any other lack of confidence in Macca.  And Maxwell (Paul's song) and Octopus' Garden (Ringo tune) aren't crap, although point taken that several ATMP songs were quite a bit better.
 jedley wrote:
Most of the songs from All Things Must Pass were written while George was still with the Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper forward. Imagine how much better Abbey Road would've been if Paul hadn't elbowed his way into putting in crap songs like Maxwell's Silver Hammer and fucking Octopus's Garden and let George put more stuff in. The story goes that Paul was threatened by While My Guitar Gently Weeps during the White Album sessions, worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter. Then when George presented Something and Here Comes the Sun for Abbey Road, Paul realized they were by far the best songs on the album and so jealously blocked him from putting My Sweet Lord and The Art of Dying in as well. Isn't it a pity, indeed...
 
Gotta source for this?

Great song. I agree that the version with Leon and Geoge is the best and a true "Godlike" rating.
first, he steals his wife, then he steals his song. nice guy.
 nevar23 wrote:

I agree, CB's version is better and not to be missed. I know Clapton's a god and all, but this version comes off kind of bland to me.

 

For me the best is still George and Leon Russel live at the Concert for Bangla Desh.  All these years later, it's still the best version we have.  RP has Leon's studio version on the roster, but the live version is much better.
 JerrytheMoose wrote:
Its all covers day on RP! (nothing wrong with that, lots of good songs get lost in time) George Harrison's original is not bad, but I like Concrete Blonde's cover better, better vocals, (and tragically for Eric here) more interesting guitar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93stLSyYzsQ

 
I agree, CB's version is better and not to be missed. I know Clapton's a god and all, but this version comes off kind of bland to me.

This is a good song, but to me the standout tune was "Lead a Horse to Water."

spanky
 gaskeydesign wrote:
Nicely done. A wonderful tribute to a great artist!
 

Agreed.
 squidish wrote:

Wow - so you were there? {#Drunk}
 
You don't understand the phrase "the story goes"?

Personally, given the tripe that McCartney's produced since, I believe it.


jedley wrote:
Most of the songs from All Things Must Pass were written while George was still with the Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper forward. Imagine how much better Abbey Road would've been if Paul hadn't elbowed his way into putting in crap songs like Maxwell's Silver Hammer and fucking Octopus's Garden and let George put more stuff in. The story goes that Paul was threatened by While My Guitar Gently Weeps during the White Album sessions, worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter. Then when George presented Something and Here Comes the Sun for Abbey Road, Paul realized they were by far the best songs on the album and so jealously blocked him from putting My Sweet Lord and The Art of Dying in as well. Isn't it a pity, indeed...

Wow - so you were there? {#Drunk}
Most of the songs from All Things Must Pass were written while George was still with the Beatles, from Sgt. Pepper forward. Imagine how much better Abbey Road would've been if Paul hadn't elbowed his way into putting in crap songs like Maxwell's Silver Hammer and fucking Octopus's Garden and let George put more stuff in. The story goes that Paul was threatened by While My Guitar Gently Weeps during the White Album sessions, worried that George had surpassed him as a songwriter. Then when George presented Something and Here Comes the Sun for Abbey Road, Paul realized they were by far the best songs on the album and so jealously blocked him from putting My Sweet Lord and The Art of Dying in as well. Isn't it a pity, indeed...
Nicely done. A wonderful tribute to a great artist!
Its all covers day on RP! (nothing wrong with that, lots of good songs get lost in time) George Harrison's original is not bad, but I like Concrete Blonde's cover better, better vocals, (and tragically for Eric here) more interesting guitar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93stLSyYzsQ

{#Pray} An amazing song, by an amazing performer, for a truly worthy gentleman, there are saints all around us, George Harrison was assuredly one of them.
I've seen snippets of this concert on YT.  Quite an emotional experience for all, I'm sure.  Must-see videos, these tunes for George.