George Harrison – Crackerbox Palace

I first saw the video of this song on television in the seventies. I might have seen it on the SNL broadcast…probably a repeat. A good catchy song by George off of his Thirty Three & 1/3 album. The song peaked at #19 in the Billboard 100 and #19 in Canada.

The album peaked at #11 in the Billboard 200 and #10 in Canada.

From Songfacts.

In the music video, future Rutle Neil Innes played the nurse pushing George in a pram. George’s future wife Olivia Arias played one of the scantily dressed women standing next to his bed.
This song was inspired by Friar Park, a 120 room neo-Gothic mansion that Harrison lived in from 1970, until his death in 2001. The song’s title was Harrison’s nickname for his home.
Harrison’s line “It’s twoo, it’s twoo” was lifted from the movie Blazing Saddles. It was a line spoken by Madeline Kahn about what she had heard about black men. George loved offbeat comedies like that.

Crackerbox Palace

I was so young when I was born
My eyes could not yet see
And by the time of my first dawn
Somebody holding me . . . they said

I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
We’ve been expecting you
You bring such joy in Crackerbox Palace
No matter where you roam know our love is true

While growing up or trying to
Not knowing where to start
I looked around for someone who
May help reveal my heart – someone said

While you’re a part of Cracerbox Palace
Do what the rest all do
Or face the fact that Crackerbox Palace
May have no other choice than to deport you

I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
We’ve been expecting you
You bring us joy in Crackerbox Palace
No matter where you roam know our love is true

Sometimes are good . . . sometimes are bad
That’s all a part of life
And standing in between them all
I met a Mr. Grief – and he said

I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
Was not expecting you
Let’s rap and tap at Crackerbox Palace
Know that the Lord is well and inside of you


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

11 thoughts on “George Harrison – Crackerbox Palace”

  1. I haven’t thought about this song in a long time. It’s been a whole lot longer since I saw the hilarious video. The song without the video has a different somewhat mysterious feel to it. I like both.

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  2. George Harrison has become one of my favorites after getting the Apple years boxed set (it came with a dvd of lots of clips, documentary, etc.). This video has a surreal quality to it. His music sometimes strikes me as other-worldly.

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  3. One of my favorite George singles. This was the George album that was out at the time when I caught the Beatles bug- I am sure I bought All Things Must Pass first but 33 1/3 was my second George album.

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    1. I had this album also… I was around 11 or so when I got it. Like every other album I studied it back to front. I wanted those glasses for some odd reason. Always liked the song

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