"Only a Northern Song" as written by and Harrison....
If you're listening to this song
You may think the chords are going wrong
But they're not
We just wrote them like that

If you're listening late at night
You may think the band are not quite right
But they are
The just play it like that

And it doesn't really matter what chords I play
What words I say
Or time of day it is
As it's only a Northern song

It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear
What words I pair
Or if my hair is brown
'Cause it's only a Northern song

If you think the harmony
Is a little dull and out of key
You're correct
'Cause there's nobody there

And it's only there's no one there


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"Only a Northern Song" as written by George Harrison

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    General Commentactually the song was written as Lennon and Mccartney owned 15% each of Northern Songs, and Harrison only owned 0.8& so it meant that Lennon & Mccartney earned more on a song of Harrison's than he did himself. therefore he wrote this song as he didn't really care what the lyrics say, what time of day etc. as it's only a Northern Song therefore it doesnt really matter.

    Great song.
    musicislifeismusicon August 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE GEORGE HARRISON!!!
    thespacemanliveson November 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a totally different idea. I think George was being sarcastic to the fans. "it does't really matter what chords I play..." he is saying that no matter how crappy and random the song is, because its a Beatles song, it is going to be popular. And he was correct. I'm not saying that I don't like the song, because I do like it, I'm just sure that if a less worshipped band released the song the same way first, it would have died.
    Ev003on February 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. def under-rated since only 6 people have checked it out! George Harrison had some great philosophies and when they actually let him right he came out with some good stuff. I think this song shows some influence from his study of eastern philosophy. "it doesnt really matter what chords i play etc..." Just doing what ur called to do... being part of the universe... not disturbing it. i love it how he can make chords sound a little off but still harmonize.
    strwberryf1dson April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It's very laid back in music and lyrics.
    The song' lyrics degrade the song itself. Very interesting.
    3ssenceon September 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read that in this song George Harrison is complaining about British tax laws. Since they were from Northern England, they were considered "northerners". He is complaning that the only thing that matters, negatively, is that he is a northerner. Everything else, such as 'the chords he plays, the words he says' are irrelevant. He is being sarcastic.
    A significant amount of the Beatles earnings went to taxes, so I think this is what triggered his feelings of unfairness
    datimon June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe words 'it doesnt matter what chords i play' are actually a reference to Northern Songs Ltd., and are there because george didnt own Northern, thus it didnt matter if the song was good
    fixerupperon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgeorge wrote the lyrics 'it doesnt matter what chords i play' because he didnt own Northern Songs Ltd., and it didnt matter to him if the song was good
    fixerupperon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard George wrote this as a kind of attack on John and Paul for not taking his songwriting seriously. This was originally supposed to be on Sergeant Pepper's, but didn't make it. The title comes from Northern Songs Ltd.
    cynicalreject7on April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMe and my dad were listening to this song, and he told me that Northern Songs Ltd. was what George wrote his songs under (but i allready knew that). And when he was saying "It's Only a Northern Song", he was commentated that Lennon/McCartney's songs would always be more popular, and compared to them, George's songs didn't really matter. This would kind of make it awkward for the beatles when they were recording this...
    scimitar_255on December 15, 2005   Link

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