“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
In Here Comes the Sun, the writer welcomes a new era filled with happiness and freedom from a past dark, tough and sorrowful moment.
The verse begins with the writer reminiscing on some difficult moments, possibly referring to his illness, arrest due to possessing marijuana and a brief hiatus with the band. He uses winter as a metaphor to express the coldness and sadness he felt at one point of his life, while using the Sun to represent his hopefulness and a sign of better days ahead. As the song ends, the singer feels the sadness and pressure melting away as the sun takes over. Likening its brightness to his sense of hope, he assures himself that things will be alright.
Here Comes the Sun basically addresses the singer’s hope for brighter days after going through a period of difficulty.
Facts about “Here Comes the Sun”
This Beatles’ classic was released on September 26, 1969 off The Beatles’ 1969 album, Abbey Road and produced by George Martin.
George Harrison wrote this song with Eric Clapton in his garden, particularly with one of Eric’s guitars. In 1996, he revealed to BBC that it had been the first time he touched a guitar for weeks and this was the first song that came out.
He would later complete it during a holiday in Sardina.
John Lennon at the time was not on good terms with Harris, hence he did not play on this track.
The song also was never played live by the band because they had stopped touring during that time. It was first played live by Harrison featuring Badfinger’s lead vocalist Pete Ham during the 1971 Concert for Bangla Desh.
The song was voted as the all-time favorite by members of the Georgeharrison.com forum in 2006.
In 2010, The Beatles made their music available for download on iTunes and this song became the top-selling song during its first week.
Some hospitals played “Here Comes the Sun” whenever a patient got discharged during the global Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
During the 2016 Republican National Convention, The Beatles’ track Here Comes the Sun was used to introduce Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. Following this event, George Harrison’s estate criticized the use of the song, stating that Trump had no permission to use the Harrison-written track. Instead, they suggested that they would consider letting him use Beware of Darkness, also written by Harrison.