Beatles – It’s All Too Much

A George Harrison song that was inspired by… Pattie Boyd of course. It was on perhaps the worst Beatle album, the soundtrack to Yellow Submarine. This one I have always liked. The intro is psychedelic with an awesome loud guitar with an organ following. It’s not George’s or the Beatles best song but it fits well on the album and film. Like many Beatle songs…any other band would have featured this song more prominently on an album but the Beatles just stuck it on the soundtrack they didn’t care much about at the time.

Harrison said in 1999 that Paul McCartney played the screaming intro guitar on this song and John Lennon supplied the guitar feedback, allowing George to be free to concentrate only on vocals during the recording of this song.

The Beatles recorded this at De Lane Lea Recording Studios instead of Abbey Road because they were booked at the time.

From Songfacts

A verse was edited out of album version, cutting time from 8 minutes to 6. The full version appears in film Yellow Submarine.

This was by far the longest Beatles song until “Hey Jude” was recorded over a year later. 

The line, “With your long blond hair and your eyes of blue” was taken from the song “Sorrow,” originally recorded by the McCoys but popularly covered by The Merseys in 1966 and David Bowie in 1973.

It’s All Too Much

It’s all too much, it’s all too much

When I look into your eyes, your love is there for me
And the more I go inside, the more there is to see

It’s all too much for me to take
The love that’s shining all around you
Everywhere, it’s what you make
For us to take, it’s all too much

Floating down the stream of time, of life to life with me
Makes no difference where you are or where you’d like to be

It’s all too much for me to take
The love that’s shining all around here
All the world’s a birthday cake
So take a piece but not too much

Set me on a silver sun, for I know that I’m free
Show me that I’m everywhere, and get me home for tea

It’s all to much for me to see
A love that’s shining all around here
The more I am, the less I know
And what I do is all too much

It’s all too much for me to take
The love that’s shining all around you
Everywhere, it’s what you make
For us to take, it’s all too much

It’s too much, it’s too much

Too much, too much, too much

Author: Badfinger (Max)

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

22 thoughts on “Beatles – It’s All Too Much”

      1. LOL…
        She was a looker also. She had that cuteness and beautiful thing mixed… I have her book…she seemed very nice. Most of the books that she pops up in the person who meets her usually says…I know why so many songs are written about her.


      2. Yes she said that in the book. I thought going in that George would have been the dark one but no…Clapton was. She said George was the love of her life…she should have stayed put.


  1. It’s quite a mishmash, and a brilliant piece of work. In the beginning it’s tentative, then almost limps along like a car with a flat tire. As he’s singing about his love for her, the chaos starts to distract and then at the end “it’s too much.” It’s one of those things where what’s not said cannot be ignored.

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  2. They were trying to find ways to get George’s songs out there late in The Beatles career- two of the four new songs on Yellow Submarine- a couple b-sides- a song on each side of The White Album.. I think in the last two years of The Beatles- George was starting to put the pressure on John and Paul. A good question is- what if The Beatles hadn’t broken up? Certainly George no longer could be regulated to a song an album in the early 70’s.

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    1. I read where John said and then later George said it would have been 3 each and one for Ringo…which would not have worked.

      I poked around that interview site. I’ve never seen some of those before and I saw one from George after Paul announced the Beatles were done. He acted like they would probably make solo albums and then get back together once in a while…I never knew he said something like that. It could have been Klein instructed him to say that because of the contract.


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