"Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" as written by and George Harrison....
Let it roll across the bog,
Through the hole and out the door
Through the fountain of perpetual
Let it roll for all it's worth

Frankie Crisp, he had no legs
Lose your body in the maze
See the door to the northern bounty feast
Let it roll among the weeds

Let it roll
Let it roll out through the caves
Through the walks and through the shade
Through the good one, may he rest awhile

Hanging chiefs and matching time
Let it roll
Let it roll, Let it roll
Let it roll, Let it roll

Fool's illusions every word
John and Paul, they sweep the stern
Eyes are shining but a river lies
Let it roll into the night

Let it roll, Let it roll
Let it roll, Let it roll

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"Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" as written by George Harrison


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    General CommentWe are so lucky to have lived in a time when we can experience artists like George Harrison. This song is completely untouchable and unfathomable in so many ways. Not to be trite, but it is truly transcendent.
    Watcher2on August 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIf I could go back and delete the last post I would. I just came upon a video on youtube. I was looking for a live play of the song but I found a pretty well done fan video. In the description this is what it said and I think this pretty much explains it.

    "When George first moved into Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames, he was very interested in the history of it and its owner, Sir Frank Crisp, an eccentric old man. (But as a Beatle/George fan I'm sure you all knew that!) George later wrote this song, and I believe that George used little sayings that were carved into the walls of Friar Park, or made up ones that sounded like something Sir Crisp would say. Friar Park was also where George gained his love of gardening. There is more history behind this but I will let you get to the video now!! Please enjoy!!"
    Medic1911on February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song invites us to "let it roll," or to accept things the way they are without that fact affecting us so much. It also has references to the Beatles--in particular to Paul McCartney, with whom he wasn't happy at the time--such as in the last verse above where "Fools illusions" is a clear reference to "The Fool on the Hill" and "Joan and Molly" to two other Paul McCartney songs ("Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"). Moreover, he references his own work in The Beatles. The "Eyes that shining full of inner light" line is a reference to his song "The Inner Light," which was included in one of The Beatles albums, and which had as its theme the Tao Te Ching, an ancient philosophical book that advises to "go with it" or to "let it roll," as it were.
    Anderson43on February 25, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWow not one comment. This is George Harrison at his best. I love it.
    jhendrix516on October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with jhendrix. I can't say what it's about. I think it might be talking about letting something grow. What exactly I can't say. Maybe love?
    Medic1911on February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with jhendrix, this song is george harrison at his best.
    this song is so beautiful. we know he lived and studied under the ways of the Indians (hinduism) and I believe this song was greatly inspired by that.
    i also think its about eternity. i interpret it to be an ode to letting life roll, wherever you may be, wherever you are, and whatever you do, life is continuous.
    GrungyBeatleon May 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSir Frankie Crisp used to live in Harrisons house (years before George bought it), the song is sort of about him
    originlon November 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat an amazing song, this gives me more chills than 1000 winters!
    naivadaon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFantastic. Perfect song.
    BirdmadBoyon December 06, 2009   Link
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    Song FactDhani Harrison has eluded that Joan and Molly are references to George's maids at Friar Park.
    thejabrotheron October 12, 2015   Link

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