Savoy Truffle

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"Savoy Truffle"
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released22 November 1968
Recorded3 October 1968
GenreRock, soul[1]
Length2:54
LabelApple Records
WriterGeorge Harrison
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles track listing
 
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"Savoy Truffle"
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released22 November 1968
Recorded3 October 1968
GenreRock, soul[1]
Length2:54
LabelApple Records
WriterGeorge Harrison
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles track listing

"Savoy Truffle" is a song written by George Harrison and performed by the Beatles on their album The Beatles, also known as The White Album.

Contents

Composition

Harrison wrote the song as a tribute to his friend Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction, and indeed he derived the title and many of the lyrics from a box of Mackintosh's Good News chocolates.[2] Supposedly all of the confectionery names used in the song are authentic, except cherry cream and coconut fudge.[3] The chorus ("But you'll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle") is a reference to the deterioration of one's teeth after eating too many sweets. The line "We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da" refers to the song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" which appears earlier on the album, but with the "sinister" overtone (as Everett put it) that "life may not go on" as the latter song insists.[4] It is one of several songs by the Beatles which makes specific reference to other songs recorded by the group (others being "All You Need Is Love" which refers to "She Loves You"; "I Am the Walrus" which refers to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"; and "Glass Onion" which refers to multiple songs).

Musical structure

Everett notes that the harmonies of the bridge (E-A-G-B) (as was the case in McCartney's "Yesterday") recast those of the verse with some condensation.[4] Early versions of the song notably utilised Harrison's pentatonic electric piano and Telecaster, as well as the boogying saxophones.[4]

Recording

The Beatles recorded the first take on 3 October 1968 and the final mixes were finished by 14 October.[5] Six saxophonists (three baritone, three tenor) were brought in and were reportedly displeased when Harrison decided to distort their appearance on the recording.[citation needed]

Personnel

Additional
Personnel per Ian MacDonald[2]

Cover versions

Notes

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "The Beatles [White Album] - The Beatles". AllMusic. http://allmusic.com/album/r1701845. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  2. ^ a b MacDonald (2005), p. 321.
  3. ^ "Savoy Truffle". The Beatles Bible. http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/savoy-truffle/.
  4. ^ a b c Walter Everett. The Beatles as Musicians. Revolver Through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. NY. 1999. ISBN 01950955370195129415 p204
  5. ^ Lewisohn (1988), pp. 158, 162.
  6. ^ "Songs from the Material World". http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000087DTV.

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