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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    General CommentIt's telling you to be wary of the material darkness and illusion ('maya') that's all around us, and not to forget the true meaning of life; devotion to the lord Sri Krsna, or God.
    jonchappleon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song, but have never quite understood it. Can anyone shine some light on any of the lyrics? I mean the 'beware of greedy leaders' and 'beware of darkness' speaks for itself but some of the lyrics are pretty complex! Any ideas?
    :-)on May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems fairly straightforward, don't dwell too much in darkness, pain, suffering, etc. While they may be useful tools for personal growth, they need to be overcome to reap benefits. Also, self-awareness: don't be a shoe-shuffler wandering aimlessly-try to realize yourself
    floating_eyeon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song .... I think its meaning is simple - beware of all the pinheads that will rip you off or lead you astray ... They are all around you....
    nohjon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs there anywhere I can get the lyrics to the acoustic version of this song? Instead of the line, "Beware of Maya," the acoustic one says something that sounds like, "Beware of labcoats," but I'm pretty sure that's not it. I can't figure it out and it's driving me nuts.
    Jerm78on October 13, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationBeware of Darkness is an incredibly important song...Harrison was sharing his learned, intuitive wisdom with us...don't waste your precious 3-D Illusory, physical lives in the 5 senses to money, work, worries, debts, appointments and worthless consumer goods. Just remember that we were created out of LOVE for the sole purpose of LOVING! Linear Time is merely an illusion, it cannot exist when all matter is merely empty space that pops in and out of existence whenever we focus upon it.

    So, get back to the land...opt out of organized societies and cities...fend for your own needs, and thus define your own wants...not what some Ad or TV show tells you to desire. Discovering who you are and the things that you actually like are recipes for success and happiness, which is the light. Belonging to others (and their systems of belief) will lead you into the darkness. This song is actually the precursor to "The Art of Dying", where Harrison warned us that unless we ascend here in the Maya to a level of Loving everyone and everything in the moment, we are doomed to repeat this cycle (Samsara) as mere victims who continually experience Death...

    I encourage everyone to re-listen to the entire album and let his words encourage you to research the actual truths behind our existence, which you will NEVER find in a school textbook! Like John Mayer said, "they read all the books but they can't find the answers..."
    CharlieFreakon September 20, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song, especially when it goes into the "It can hit you..." part. Oh, so excellent.
    majestikmoose9on January 17, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThere's a whole lot of Hari Krishna type values presented here too, as there is often in Harrison's work.
    Red_Left_Handon August 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment11/29/2010: 9 years ago today you left, George. Miss you and wish you well on the next astral plane. You were and are the best and always will be. This is probably my favorite GH song, whether Beatles, solo, or TWs.
    mbrachmanon November 29, 2010   Link

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