Songs for Christmas: “My Sweet Lord”

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My sweet Lord (George Harrison)

My sweet lord
Hm, my lord
Hm, my lord

I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you lord
But it takes so long, my lord

My sweet lord
Hm, my lord
Hm, my lord
I really want to know you
Really want to go with you
Really want to show you lord
That it won’t take long, my lord (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)
Hm, my lord (hallelujah)
My sweet lord (hallelujah)

I really want to see you
Really want to see you
Really want to see you, lord
Really want to see you, lord
But it takes so long, my lord (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)
Hm, my lord (hallelujah)
My, my, my lord (hallelujah)

I really want to know you (hallelujah)
Really want to go with you (hallelujah)
Really want to show you lord (aaah)
That it won’t take long, my lord (hallelujah)

Hmm (hallelujah)
My sweet lord (hallelujah)
My, my, lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hare krishna)
My, my, my lord (hare krishna)
Oh hm, my sweet lord (krishna, krishna)
Oh-uuh-uh (hare hare)

Now, I really want to see you (hare rama)
Really want to be with you (hare rama)
Really want to see you lord (aaah)
But it takes so long, my lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hallelujah)
My, my, my lord (hare krishna)
My sweet lord (hare krishna)
My sweet lord (krishna krishna)
My lord (hare hare)
Hm, hm (Gurur Brahma)
Hm, hm (Gurur Vishnu)
Hm, hm (Gurur Devo)
Hm, hm (Maheshwara)
My sweet lord (Gurur Sakshaat)
My sweet lord (Parabrahma)
My, my, my lord (Tasmayi Shree)
My, my, my, my lord (Guruve Namah)
My sweet lord (Hare Rama)

(hare krishna)
My sweet lord (hare krishna)
My sweet lord (krishna krishna)
My lord (hare hare)

 

“My Sweet Lord” (1970) was Harrison’s first single as a solo artist, and it was his biggest hit. The song is about the Eastern religions he was studying, yet it was written not only in praise of the Hindu god Krishna, but as a call to abandon religious sectarianism.

The lyrics reflect his desire for a direct relationship with God, expressed in simple words that all believers could affirm, regardless of their religion.
Using as inspiration a rendition of an eighteenth-century Christian hymn, “Oh Happy Day”, Harrison continued working on the theme blending the Hebrew word of praise, “hallelujah“, common in the Christian and Jewish religions, with chants of “Hare Krishna” and Vedic prayer

He included the first twelve words of the Hare Krishna mantra, Sanskrit words that are the main mantra of that faith:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
In his 1980 autobiography, “I, Me, Mine”, Harrison explained that he wanted to repeat and alternate the terms hallelujah and Hare Krishna to show that they meant “quite the same thing”.

In addition to those lines, there is also an ancient Vedic prayer dedicated to the spiritual teacher, or guru, who is connected to the divine Trimurti: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, composed of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer.

Some Christian fundamentalist anti-rock activists objected that chanting “Hare Krishna” in “My Sweet Lord” was anti-Christian or satanic. They did not realize that the lyrics are not directed at “a specific manifestation of a single faith’s deity but rather to the concept of one god whose essential nature is unaffected by particular interpretations and who pervades everything, is present everywhere, is all-knowing and all-powerful, and transcends time and space.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, now living in exile in southwest France, once said:
“The teaching is merely a vehicle to describe the truth. Don’t mistake it for the truth itself. A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know the real moon.”
Therefore the message of the song about all religious paths leading to the same Lord may be summed up in these few words: “Religions are like fingers, pointing at the moon, but they shouldn’t be mistaken for the moon itself”

Translation into Italian: 

Mio Dolce Signore 

Mio dolce signore
Hm, mio signore
Hm, mio signore
Voglio davvero vederti
Voglio davvero stare con te
Davvero voglio vederti signore
Ma ci vuole così tanto tempo, mio signore
Mio dolce signore
Hm, mio signore
Hm, mio signore
Voglio davvero conoscerti
Davvero voglio andare con te
Davvero voglio mostrarti signore
Che non ci vorrà molto, mio signore (hallelujah)
Mio dolce signore (hallelujah)
Hm, mio signore (hallelujah)
Mio dolce signore (hallelujah)
Voglio davvero vederti
Davvero voglio vederti
Davvero voglio vederti, signore
Davvero voglio vederti, signore
Ma ci vuole talmente tanto tempo, mio signore (hallelujah)
Mio dolce signore (hallelujah)
Hm, mio signore (hallelujah)
Mio, mio, mio signore (hallelujah)
Voglio davvero conoscerti (hallelujah)
Davvero voglio andare con te (hallelujah)
Davvero voglio mostrarti signore (aaah)
Che non ci vorrà molto, mio signore (hallelujah)
Hmm (hallelujah)
Mio dolce signore (hallelujah)
Mio, mio signore (hallelujah)
Hm, mio signore (hare krishna)
Mio, mio, mio signore (hare krishna)
Oh hm, mio dolce signore (krishna, krishna)
Oh-uuh-uh (hare hare)
Davvero voglio vederti (hare rama)
Davvero voglio stare con te (hare rama)
Davvero voglio vederti (aaah)
Ma ci vuole così tanto tempo, mio signore (hallelujah)
Hm, mio signore (hallelujah)
Mio, mio, mio signore (hare Krishna)
Mio dolce signore (hare Krishna)
Mio dolce signore (krishna krishna)
Mio signore (hare hare)
Hm, hm (Gurur Brahma)
Hm, hm (Gurur Vishnu)
Hm, hm (Gurur Devo)
Hm, hm (Maheshwara)
Mio dolce signore (Gurur Sakshaat)
Mio dolce signore (Parabrahma)
Mio, mio, mio signore (Tasmayi Shree)
Mio, mio, mio, mio signore (Guruve Namah)
Mio dolce signore (Hare Rama)

 

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