Long, Long, Long
- George Harrison – double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass, backing vocal, Hammond organ
- Ringo Starr – drums
- Chris Thomas – piano
George Harrison wrote Long, Long, Long. It came out on the 1968 album, The Beatles (The White Album). Harrison blended psychedelic rock style with a folksy feel and added elements of jazz, packaging it all in an uncanny waltz rhythm. Critics have praised Harrison's composition as a superior effort, not fully appreciated by the fans. Ian MacDonald called it George's "finest moment" on the White Album. Long, Long, Long is generally taken as a love song, even though strong spiritual elements can easily be perceived in the lyrics. Harrison himself later said that the "You" in the song is God. On the final disc, Long, Long, Long provides a calm interlude between Helter Skelter and Revolution 1. The chord sequence is unusual, in that the IV chord is replaced by its relative minor (ii). This gives the song an unusual, lyrical quality. The finale is a low howl from George, with a iv-eleventh chord (in this case, g minor with added C above).
The Beatles recorded Long, Long, Long on October 7 through 9 of 1968. Lennon was absent from the sessions, in which a massive 67 takes were made of the rhythm track. George sang and played acoustic guitar. Paul was on the organ and also played a bass overdub; Ringo played the drums. Production assistant Chris Thomas played piano. (The rattle heard at the end is a bottle of wine that was placed on the Leslie speaker. When Paul played a certain note on the Hammond organ, the bottle vibrated. Ringo accented it with a drum roll, and the improvised noise was left in the mix.)