We were talking
About the space between us all
And the people
Who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth
Then it's far too late when they pass away

We were talking
About the love we all could share
When we find it
To try our best to hold it there, with our love, with our love
We could save the world, if they only knew

Try to realize it's all within yourself, no-one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking
About the love that's gone so cold
And the people
Who gain the world and lose their soul
They don't know, they can't see
Are you one of them?

When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we're all one
And life flows on within you and without you

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Within You Without You Lyrics as written by George Harrison

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  • +7
    General CommentI really like this song, and maybe I'm one of the few, but I think George Harrison was just as brilliant as John Lennon, in his own way.
    chelzadoron April 26, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Comment""When you’ve seen beyond yourself -
    Then you may find peace of mind, is waiting there -
    And the time will come when you see we’re all one,
    And life flows on within you and without you."

    perfect metaphor for an LSD/shroom trip. "

    Not everything is about drugs. It pisses me off how people always relate everything to drugs, sure this album has a lot to do with drugs, but i find that verse to be totally spiritual, actually i think this whole song is. it's just an enlightening song, and it's brilliant. it's one of my 2 all time favorite songs. my other favorite song is Occapella by Van Dyke Parks
    E Bensonon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe music here is very ..shall I say.. eastern, and most people can't stand it...

    I didn't like any of George's Sitar experiments except for this one. Mainly, he sings directly from the heart, not just the music, but the worlds, the expression..

    "If they only knew"... I think he must have known that his utopia would not catch on in the world.. But this song expresses that utopia, and it's a great place to go, in the hussle and bussle of everyday life, it can be an antibiotic against machinism. But please, do not take too much of this antibiotic.
    lyricstudenton March 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenta note on the conversation about hallucinogens:

    lsd and shrooms do help some people to realize some of the concepts mentioned in this song. however, these are not the only ways of consciousness expansion. deeply spiritual people know this. this song may not be about drugs, but it parallels some of the things some people experience when they take certain drugs.
    jaylakoyon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song indeed does decribe an LSD or shrrom trip in the sense that we as the world are one, and if we all come together to realize this our co-existence withh be more peaceful.
    "When you�ve seen beyond yourself -
    Then you may find peace of mind, is waiting there -
    And the time will come when you see we�re all one,
    And life flows on within you and without you. "

    If you do trip with the sole intent of discovering yourself, the meaning of life, the universe, whatever, You will understand this song in its entirety. The song can be proven to be about a trip and i can not be abouot one, its all how you loook at it. I personally have had a mind blowing shroom trip, and this song describes whan my friend and I discussed word for word.
    So in conclusion, its not dierectly about tripping, it can be about the experience from tripping as well as a way to view the world and how we coexist.
    Strawberrieron June 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLet me correct myself again.
    George does play the sitar.
    I shuld research before I say stupid things.
    SteveDaveon August 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow, i really screwed up how i wanted to say that.

    it blew my mind. i love it a lot. and i love the indian style it has.

    there we go, forgive me, i haven't had an adequate amount of sleep.
    save_your_momson September 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a perfect example of how george was just as much of a musical genious as john and paul. This song speaks to everyone who has ever experienced a trip. i wish everyone could just have 1 good trip, everything would be put into perspective for you, and you would have a much more satisfied and fulfilling life. and the world would be a better place because of it
    MrKite1on February 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song amazingly exemplifies pure musical genious. The sitar in this is awesome. Not only is the music great, but the lyrics are too. You can fit so many meanings into this. This is just an awesome song! I've been a fan of it since the summer of '02.
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much.
    DubC4Lifeon September 05, 2005   Link

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