Not Guilty (song)

Not Guilty (song)
"Not Guilty"
Song by George Harrison from the album George Harrison
Released 23 February 1979
Recorded July - November 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3:35
Label Dark Horse/Warner Bros. Records
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Harrison
and Russ Titelman
George Harrison track listing
"Not Guilty"
Song by The Beatles from the album Anthology 3
Released 28 October 1996
Recorded 7–9, 12 August 1968
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:22
Label Apple Records
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Martin

"Not Guilty" is a song written by George Harrison. It is featured on his 1979 album titled George Harrison and on The Beatles' Anthology 3 album. While Harrison's solo version is mellower and features acoustic guitar and electric piano, The Beatles' original version is harsher, driven by distorted electric guitar and harpsichord.


An acoustic demo of the song was recorded during May 1968 at Harrison's Esher home. This version has never been officially released, but is available on numerous bootlegs. Although The Beatles worked on the song for at least three days in 1968 during the The Beatles sessions, that version was not officially released until 1996 on Anthology 3, using "take 102" as edited and remixed by Geoff Emerick in 1984 for the aborted Sessions album.

Harrison commented about this song: "I wrote that in 1968. It was after we got back from Rishikesh in the Himalayas on the Maharishi trip, and it was for the White Album. ... 'Not guilty for getting in your way/While you're trying to steal the day' — which was me trying to get a space. 'Not guilty/For looking like a freak/Making friends with every Sikh/For leading you astray/On the road to Mandalay' — which is the Maharishi and going to the Himalayas and all that was said about that. I like the tune a lot; it would make a great tune for Peggy Lee or someone."[1]


  1. ^ "Not Guilty". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 

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