I'm living in the material world
Living in the material world

can't say what I'm doing here
But I hope to see much clearer,
after living in the material world

I got born into the material world
Getting worn out in the material world
Use my body like a car,
Taking me both near and far
Met my friends all in the material world

Met them all there in the material world
John and Paul here in the material world
Though we started out quite poor
We got 'Richie' on a tour
Got caught up in the material world

From the Spiritual Sky,
Such sweet memories have I
To the Spiritual Sky
How I pray
Yes I pray
that I won't get lost
or go astray

As I'm fated for the material world
Get frustrated in the material world
Senses never gratified
Only swelling like a tide
That could drown me in the
material world

From the Spiritual Sky,
Such sweet memories have I
To the Spiritual Sky
How I pray
Yes I pray
that I won't get lost
or go astray

While I'm living in the material world
Not much 'giving' in the material world
Got a lot of work to do
Try to get a message through
And get back out of this material world

I'm living in the material world
Living in the material world
I hope to get out of this place
by the LORD SRI KRSNA'S GRACE
My salvation from the material world
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    General CommentGeorge wasn't a Buddhist. Buddhism is non-theistic. Sri Krsna is God, he was part of the Krishna Consciousness, or 'Hare Krishna' movement, based on Hindu Vedic teachings. When he says he wants to get out of this place by Krsna's grace, he simply means he wants to stop the cycle of birth and rebirth and get to heaven to be with God. The song itself is just about how the material world isn't really real, it's all temporary, the spiritual abode of God is where he really wants to be.
    jonchappleon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this entire song is based on Buddhist and general spiritual beliefs. I think (correct me if I'm wrong) he was the only Beatle that stuck with Buddhism.

    "Use my body like a car,
    Taking me both near and far
    Met my friends all in the material world"

    I thought about these beliefs and I'm not sure but I think the above quote means that he doesn't care about physical things. He doesn't care about how people look, he only cares about them. Thats what it means to me anyway.

    "Met them all there in the material world
    John and Paul here in the material world
    Though we started out quite poor
    We got 'Richie' on a tour
    Got caught up in the material world"

    ^^ Obvioulsy about the Beatles. And by richie, he probably means that they started caring less about the music and more about the band.


    I dunno... generally some of these lyrics sound suicidal. e.g. "I hope to get out of this place
    by the LORD SRI KRSNA'S GRACE"
    Among others.

    So thats all I have so far... maybe I'll update if I figure out more.
    Jimbozoon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"And by richie, he probably means that they started caring less about the music and more about the band"

    you arent much of a beatles fan, are you?
    Richie=Ringo=Richard Starky
    who they 'got on tour'.

    duh.
    Kaaaaaon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the different realms of 'the material world' and 'the spiritual sky' are nicely defined musically in this song. The two together make for an exciting song.
    Krtskion July 05, 2011   Link

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