“Isn’t It Too Bad” by George Harrison
It would be such a shame if you didn’t listen to this George Harrison song.
“Isn’t It A Pity” is a song everyone should know, and here’s why: It’s a song about how we tend to take our loved ones for granted, but it’s also a reminder that we we have the ability to change this behavior. We have the ability to give back.
The Story of “Isn’t It Too Bad”
Tensions ran high among the Beatles in their final days together. Harrison, in particular, felt suffocated by the group in the late 1960s. He sat on a mountain of songs he had written but had not made it onto a Beatles record. So once the Beatles officially broke up in 1970, Harrison unleashed an avalanche of music on listeners. His 1970 triple album Everything must pass had 23 new songs on it, two of which were “Isn’t It A Pity (Version 1)” and “Isn’t It A Pity (Version 2)”.
“Version 1” is the longer form song which lasted over seven minutes, and the second version is just under five minutes.
Originally rejected by the Beatles, Harrison wrote “Isn’t It A Pity” in 1966. The song itself boasts sharp lyrics with Harrison’s legendary slide guitar playing.
Ain’t it a shame now ain’t it a shame
How we break our hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love
Without more thinking
forget to give back
Isn’t it a pity
“‘Isn’t it a shame,’ that’s every time a relationship hits a low point,” Harrison said in his autobiography, I am mine. “Instead of doing what other people do (like breaking my jaw), I wrote a song. It was a chance to realize that if I felt someone had left me me down, then there’s a good chance I let someone else down. We all have a tendency to break our hearts, to take and not to give back.
“Isn’t it a shame” in today’s world
“Isn’t It A Pity” has been covered several times by Nina Simone and Eric Clapton. Peter Frampton also released his version of the song on his 2021 cover album Frampton forget the words. This song has clearly made an impression on the artist world, and it has also struck a chord with countless listeners over the years. The song’s lyrics adapt to any situation of social or political unrest, whether it’s the fallout from the Vietnam War or the crippling COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the situation, Harrison’s words are a much-needed reminder of our humanity.
Some things take so long, but how can I explain
When there are not too many people
I can see we’re all the same
And because of all their tears
Their eyes cannot hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Isn’t it a pity
Photo by Richard DiLello