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Eric Clapton — While My Guitar Gently Weeps (live)
Album: Concert for George
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Released: 2003
Length: 5:52
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I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you.

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you.

I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
While my guitar gently weeps
As I am sitting here doing nothing, but aging,
Still my guitar gently weeps
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 Mahatu wrote:

Brilliant version and brilliant work of Eric Clapton helping to organized this tribute...brave Eric Clapton who dares to speak the truth in this difficult times...




Are you talking about his "truth" that Britain belongs to white people, or the "truth" that vaccines are lethal forms of government mind control?

"Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so,
please put up your hands… So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I
think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our
country … I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to
me, man! I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from
becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get
the coons out. Keep Britain white …"


-Eric Clapton, August 1976
 justin4kick wrote:
   
That's not what Tom Petty would agree on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y Take a look at Petty's fake smile on 4:42 and compare it with the pure joy that Harrisson junior's face shows while Prince is doing his epic solo.



There's no fake smile, come on... he was about to open his mouth to sing and he was so concentrated in please George, and he did it and Prince hell did it.. It was a master piece. And we all should miss all those guys and show our 'respect' to them. Regards from Brazil.
Brilliant version and brilliant work of Eric Clapton helping to organized this tribute...brave Eric Clapton who dares to speak the truth in this difficult times...
 keith2511 wrote:


It wasn't performed by The Beatles.

It.... it really was. George Harrison wrote it. It was on the white album.
 h8rhater wrote:

You may not be the only one, but I'm guessing that you are in the minority.  Prince is awesome to be sure but, in this case, he showed up once at a star studded gala to throw out a solo.  Period.
He didn't just "show up" he was INVITED to just go out and do his thing.


A song of the current Democratic Political Party in the USA.
(This goes out to SmackDaddy)
 linzie wrote:


That could be because Clapton played guitar on the original Beatle version....


It wasn't performed by The Beatles.
Without even factoring in Clapton's disinformation campaign against COVID, this just isn't a good cover anymore compared to Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Prince at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004.

But also, fuck Eric Clapton for telling people to not get vaccinated. 
A powerful version of George's great song.
 adamdbenson wrote:

I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y


You may not be the only one, but I'm guessing that you are in the minority.  Prince is awesome to be sure but, in this case, he showed up once at a star studded gala to throw out a solo.  Period.
Was George the best song-writer in The Beatles?
 KeithBrofsky wrote:
Interesting transition from Patti Smith to Clapton. The latter has lost all credibility and respect in my book. His and Van Morison's misinformation publicity stunts about this pandemic are unconscionable and unacceptable. I never thought he was that great to begin with. Overrated and boring. He can go away now. Meh.
 
On the pandemic, maybe.  Misinformation.  Maybe.  But EC, Van and many more musicians in UK and US are raging to make music for an audience, and to make it possible for stifled, starving musicians to make a living.  The pandemic is surely bad, but no one anywhere seems to have verified that it is not a truly colossal government fuck up.  In other words, not ONLY an act of nature or human immunity. 

As for Clapton being overrrated and boring, your comment is a meh.  Nothing Cream or  Layla broaches any meh.  
Great Beatles cover, especially the guitar solo! Ha! 
Clapton was the solo guitar on the original Beatles song -though the composition and lyrics belong to George. I think under those circumstances it is probably not song theft. Marital maters are always a conversation for parties concerned, so I wager nobody in this room qualifies to participate in this case.

Enjoy the song or don't, that is up to the individual. I for one, think this is a great version. Happy to have heard it a few times here in RP. Thanks RP.

eyeball wrote:
Steals his wife. Steals his song.

Probably plays a steal guitar.
 

Interesting transition from Patti Smith to Clapton. The latter has lost all credibility and respect in my book. His and Van Morison's misinformation publicity stunts about this pandemic are unconscionable and unacceptable. I never thought he was that great to begin with. Overrated and boring. He can go away now. Meh.
Steals his wife. Steals his song.

Probably plays a steal guitar.
 amoreena wrote:
I hear grief here....not Clapton trying to blow the doors off this song.   Other guitarists don't have the emotion Clapton did while performing this at the Concert for George.  
 

Eric and George were very close friends, so I'm sure he felt the loss more than most. They even remained friends after George's wife left and married Eric. George was such a peaceful person. 
I have liked everything I have heard by Clapton.  This is certainly one of those performances.

Big shoes to fill.. Filled.

God it was fun seeing Dhani - 'mini George'! Loved the concert almost from start to finish. 
Lordy, no words.
 Aud wrote:

Yes, the Purple One could and did own it!

RIP 4/21/16



 

Died without a will!!  Head in the sand.  It will take years to wort it ll out and the lawyers will get rich,
 semolinapilchard wrote:
Eric plays George's best ever song!{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}

 
Among about 20 others. 
Eric plays George's best ever song!{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
gillespp wrote:
adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y 

  
 
thewiseking wrote:

Well, you'd sound pretty good too if ya had Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne behind you!

  
I don't believe you're paying attention…Prince could do that solo in a vacuum and it'd still be the best!

   
That's not what Tom Petty would agree on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y Take a look at Petty's fake smile on 4:42 and compare it with the pure joy that Harrisson junior's face shows while Prince is doing his epic solo.

 thewiseking wrote:
another Clapton snoozefest. The Jeff Lynne/Prince/Petty version blows this away

 
agree..
 gillespp wrote:
adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y 

  
 
thewiseking wrote:

Well, you'd sound pretty good too if ya had Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne behind you!

 
I don't believe you're paying attention…Prince could do that solo in a vacuum and it'd still be the best!

 

But if he played in a vacuum nobody would hear him.  Might still be the best, though.
another Clapton snoozefest. The Jeff Lynne/Prince/Petty version blows this away
 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 
{#Notworthy} agreed
 gillespp wrote:
adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y 

  
 
thewiseking wrote:

Well, you'd sound pretty good too if ya had Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne behind you!

 
I don't believe you're paying attention…Prince could do that solo in a vacuum and it'd still be the best!

 
Yes, the Purple One could and did own it!

RIP 4/21/16


 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 


Just OK, not great. And I am both a Beatles and a Clapton fan. The way he is singing sounds very stilted.
 OHMish wrote:
Generic and unnecessary

 
yep
Generic and unnecessary
 amoreena wrote:
I hear grief here....not Clapton trying to blow the doors off this song.   Other guitarists don't have the emotion Clapton did while performing this at the Concert for George.  

 

Thank you Eric for your tribute to George!  I can hear you weeping for him while we weep with you.  :(
I hear grief here....not Clapton trying to blow the doors off this song.   Other guitarists don't have the emotion Clapton did while performing this at the Concert for George.  
 justin4kick wrote:
All good and well but why not play the original.

 
The original gets played a couple of times a month.
 helgigermany wrote:

This is also very nice!!

 
I want to be blown away.
 justin4kick wrote:
All good and well but why not play the original.

 
This is also very nice!!
All good and well but why not play the original.
George says thanks, but that's ok. 
adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y 

  
 
thewiseking wrote:

Well, you'd sound pretty good too if ya had Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne behind you!

 
I don't believe you're paying attention…Prince could do that solo in a vacuum and it'd still be the best!
It is emotive to see the youtuve video of this song in the Memorial for George. The story between these two guys (Clapton and Harrison) was quite special. This song and Badge are the two diamonds left from that truncated friendship and joined musicality.
 FlatCat wrote:
That strangled cry on "I don't know WHYYYYY". Awful. This is so plodding and heavy compared to the original.

 
agreed
 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 
Well, you'd sound pretty good too if ya had Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne behind you!
Agree with the posters below. The RRHF show assemblage (Jeff Lynne, Petty, Prince et al) blows this soporific slow hand snoozefest away.
What an emotional and great concert!
As good as the original. 

Probably because of how big of a role he played in creating the orignal.
 Lainna wrote:
Isso é uma sonzeira de primeira! 
 
Ich habe nichts verstanden!  very nice version btw.
Isso é uma sonzeira de primeira! 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Great performance.  It did seem like the little chap stole the show and made sure they all knew it.  Don't like how he walked off at the end, though.
 
Nahh, I loved the nonchalance of it. He KNEW he was the man, threw the guitar away and walked away not needing any accolade. Respect. 

You know, I have liked Prince since I first heard him.  No mistaking his ability with voice or 3/4-sized guitar.  Happy to learn one of those wailing Fenders is his.

He had some rocking women in his band (forget their names, unfortunately) that went on to score several TV shows, IIRC.


That strangled cry on "I don't know WHYYYYY". Awful. This is so plodding and heavy compared to the original.
 {#Yes}    {#Guitarist}  {#Clap}
behind every great guitar solo is a great story?
Great tribute, speciallyt considering it comes from the one that wrote Layla ...
              another 10....great programming Bill and Rebecca
                                                  {#Daisy}
 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 
Or rather, he took it over.
 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 
Great performance.  It did seem like the little chap stole the show and made sure they all knew it.  Don't like how he walked off at the end, though.
Concert for George - beautiful ... we miss George
George Harrison is my favorite Beatle.  Period.  Leave me alone.  
 TampaPurple wrote:

That is a fact. No one rocks the guitar in this like his Purple Majesty. 
 
How did I miss that?  That was an amazing cover!!  And yeah, Prince rocks it
Spine tingling...  
 ppopp wrote:
That was shit.

  Correction 

That was THE shit


 TampaPurple wrote:

That is a fact. No one rocks the guitar in this like his Purple Majesty. 
 
That was awesome.
 adamdbenson wrote:
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

 
That is a fact. No one rocks the guitar in this like his Purple Majesty. 
McCartney on piano, Billy Preston on organ, Ringo on Drums, Dhani on rhythm guitar, (and as cast of greats). As close to the Beatles as you can get.  RIP, Billy Preston, John Lennon, and George Harrison.
Very nice song!
This is just marvelous.
I may be the only one thinking this, but I believe Prince now owns this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y
Who had an affair with who, who cares, just enjoy a great song, with great musicians on a great radio !

thanks bill , 
 bluejay08003 wrote:

Why, he must be referring to the replacement Paul McCartney!  Bill & Rebecca--you must play Revolution 9 backward!

 
Turn me on, Deadman... here's my own account as a phone-in participant to Russ' WKNR shows both weekends:

https://floydslips.blogspot.com/2007/04/paul-is-dead-during-magical-mystery.html 
That was shit.
 drucev wrote:
BTW wasn't it the Fab Four? who were the Five?
 

That_SOB wrote:
As someone who was around when the Fab Five took the
 
Why, he must be referring to the replacement Paul McCartney!  Bill & Rebecca--you must play Revolution 9 backward!
Let's not forget Mr. Frampton's version. Very sweet.
more complicated... IIRC George had an affair with Maureen Starkey, Ringo's wife ... He had quite a rep as a womanizer.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2035787/Did-George-Harrison-affair-Madonna-Explosive-film-reveals-new-Beatles-star.html

BTW wasn't it the Fab Four? who were the Five?
 

That_SOB wrote:
Damn Blue Meanies took George and John. As someone who was around when the Fab Five took the
the US by storm, one of my all time favorite albums is the White Album and this has to be my all time #1 song
Thank you George where-ever you are. The concert with Clapton and Prince "jamming" this song  was out of this world and
Prince didn't play 2nd fiddle to Eric. I still think Clapton is a huge schmuck for just moving in and taking Georges
wife .. GH and EC were best of friends,, so I guess George was a poor judge of character in both EC and his EX. 
I'm not nearly as forgiving as I would have had "Louie" break every finger on EC's hands.....with a sledge hammer.       

 




 Cynaera wrote:

This is heartbreaking - and beautiful. Dhani looks like he's almost in tears. What a tribute to the late Mr. Harrison, who gave us so much good music, so unassumingly and unreservedly.  RIP, George. I miss you every day.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...  love this profound cover of a beautiful song...
 
Good Cover, thanks Eric and thank you George.....see you in a couple of decades. 
 That_SOB wrote:
Damn Blue Meanies took George and John. As someone who was around when the Fab Five took the
the US by storm, one of my all time favorite albums is the White Album and this has to be my all time #1 song
Thank you George where-ever you are. The concert with Clapton and Prince "jamming" this song  was out of this world and
Prince didn't play 2nd fiddle to Eric. I still think Clapton is a huge schmuck for just moving in and taking Georges
wife .. GH and EC were best of friends,, so I guess George was a poor judge of character in both EC and his EX. 
I'm not nearly as forgiving as I would have had "Louie" break every finger on EC's hands.....with a sledge hammer.       

 
Why, was it your woman? Get a grip SOB. It happens, and this is not amazing reportage. Your passive/aggressive rant is counter productive.
Very good, but not as good as the original studio version. 
Damn Blue Meanies took George and John. As someone who was around when the Fab Five took the
the US by storm, one of my all time favorite albums is the White Album and this has to be my all time #1 song
Thank you George where-ever you are. The concert with Clapton and Prince "jamming" this song  was out of this world and
Prince didn't play 2nd fiddle to Eric. I still think Clapton is a huge schmuck for just moving in and taking Georges
wife .. GH and EC were best of friends,, so I guess George was a poor judge of character in both EC and his EX. 
I'm not nearly as forgiving as I would have had "Louie" break every finger on EC's hands.....with a sledge hammer.       

Long, 'init?
Nice to hear this version of the song. The DVD of this is stupendous. Great performances.
Outstanding live set. Thanks.
 mcullers wrote:
Hearing Clapton's voice start this song was jarring. It took a few lines to sound "ok," but it settled in nicely. Great version of one of the best songs ever.
 

you're also hearing Paul McCartney on it...
Jaysis - I don't think I've heard even one sub-par song in 5 hours. All sevens and up. Nice work Bill and Becca. 

 
he CAN play
Nice weeping.
 Darlington wrote:

 
linzie wrote:

Uh, again I could be wrong, but I believe they were both, Harrison and Clapton, such good friends that there was a mutual understanding that included everyone involved......pinhead.

 

Well, if you watch the most wonderful "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" documentary, you sort of learn that really wasn't the case (the mutual understanding part). Clapton really does not come across well in that doc either. As my girlfriend put it, "that's the most I've ever heard him talk and I can't say I like him any more for it."
 
I fear your girlfriend may be right. And as far as the mutual understanding conundrum, I think back to the description of George walking away leaving his wife with HIM. Superb and moving documentary.

 
linzie wrote:

Uh, again I could be wrong, but I believe they were both, Harrison and Clapton, such good friends that there was a mutual understanding that included everyone involved......pinhead.

 

Well, if you watch the most wonderful "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" documentary, you sort of learn that really wasn't the case (the mutual understanding part). Clapton really does not come across well in that doc either. As my girlfriend put it, "that's the most I've ever heard him talk and I can't say I like him any more for it."
Hearing Clapton's voice start this song was jarring. It took a few lines to sound "ok," but it settled in nicely. Great version of one of the best songs ever.
Time to go through the entire internet and remove every other use of the phrase "worthy tribute" as this eclipses them all and makes the phrase redundant ever after.
Slow Hand?  slow head more like.  The guy is a genius.... sorry I mean jinx!
This song is GREAT no matter who does it.  Especially poigniant by EC.
No pyrotechnics, just great guitar...
 lemmoth wrote:

Truly an amazing performance. The whole concert was so moving. So much love for this wonderful man.
 
Saw it orig on PBS...bought it on the SPOT!!!  Such a full sound...they ALL put out in his memory big time!
 linzie wrote:


There was a Pince version that was good, but not here, he wasn't there!!...this was the show in the Albert Hall in London with Mc Cartney, Starr, Petty, et all....and this version with McCartney singing background on piano, Billy Preston on organ, etc., etc. was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
 


Truly an amazing performance. The whole concert was so moving. So much love for this wonderful man.
 tbaloney619 wrote:


wow.  checked it out.  didn't realize prince could play that well.  Excellent session!!
 
Prince is freaking amazing on guitar. Even Clapton admits it 
 Xeric wrote:

That is awful.  True, but awful.
 
 
Any order is the wrong order.
I read Clapton and Patty Boyd's books and it's all clear. I like Clapton again. Great version!
bravo clap...
 kcar wrote:

I think I've found your long-lost cousin...
Charles Barkley
 

You know that is who I was going for, right?{#Stupid}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great song, turrible version, jus turrible.{#Stop}
 
I think I've found your long-lost cousin...
Charles Barkley


 jkhandy wrote:

Anyone who screws his friends girl, is not a friend at all and should has his balls cut off. Automatic SCHMUCK!    {#No}

 
Uh, again I could be wrong, but I believe they were both, Harrison and Clapton, such good friends that there was a mutual understanding that included everyone involved......pinhead.

 mpatnode wrote:

The vocals are different, but it's amazing how similar the guitar sounds!


 

That could be because Clapton played guitar on the original Beatle version....
 That_SOB wrote:
Prince blew Clapton off the stage during this concert.. As far as George's wife,
Clapton's ego is so overgrown, he actually thinks he deserved her. . . he is the schumk !

 

There was a Pince version that was good, but not here, he wasn't there!!...this was the show in the Albert Hall in London with Mc Cartney, Starr, Petty, et all....and this version with McCartney singing background on piano, Billy Preston on organ, etc., etc. was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
 That_SOB wrote:
Prince blew Clapton off the stage during this concert.. As far as George's wife,
Clapton's ego is so overgrown, he actually thinks he deserved her. . . he is the schumk !
 
What's a schumk?  Is that like a mook?


The vocals are different, but it's amazing how similar the guitar sounds!


 Biscobret wrote:
You wanna see a GREAT rendition of this song;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4RpM8ggoSs&feature=fvst

The guitar solo by Prince is nothing short of amazing.
 

wow.  checked it out.  didn't realize prince could play that well.  Excellent session!!
Prince blew Clapton off the stage during this concert.. As far as George's wife,
Clapton's ego is so overgrown, he actually thinks he deserved her. . . he is the schumk !

 spaceman wrote:
Heh. A friend recently told me that there was a graffiti painting near the Abbey Road studios which read -
"The Beatles are dying in the wrong order"

Couldn't agree more.
 
That is awful.  True, but awful.
 
 floydian_slip wrote:

George was a great friend of Clapton's. He said he'd rather that his wife left him for Eric than for some other schmuck.
 
Anyone who screws his friends girl, is not a friend at all and should has his balls cut off. Automatic SCHMUCK!    {#No}

 shutter wrote:

Yup, Clapton was foolin' around with George's wife for a while before she left Harrison for Clapton. I thought this tune was a bit ironic.
 
George was a great friend of Clapton's. He said he'd rather that his wife left him for Eric than for some other schmuck.
Not a fan of this version
 Biscobret wrote:
You wanna see a GREAT rendition of this song;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4RpM8ggoSs&feature=fvst

The guitar solo by Prince is nothing short of amazing.
 
Agreed!

 netskink wrote:
Didn't George lose his wife to Clapton?  I wonder about his feelings here
 
Yup, Clapton was foolin' around with George's wife for a while before she left Harrison for Clapton. I thought this tune was a bit ironic.

Didn't George lose his wife to Clapton?  I wonder about his feelings here.  FWIW,  I always thought George was the coolest of them all.  Not sure if was because of the look in his eyes or simply his tragedy.
 agnes wrote:
Holy God.  Amazing.  {#Notworthy}
 

Amen.