The Beatles -- ‘Sour Milk Sea’

Demo Sour Milk Sea

  • Credit: Harrison
  • Main composer: George
  • First released in UK:
    Never released
    First released in USA:
    Never released
  • Session:
    21 May ’68 – Kinfauns (George’s house)

George Harrison: Acoustic guitar;

This was never properly recorded by The Beatles and is only available on Beatle bootlegs. It was written around the same time as the ‘White Album’ and George ended up giving it to Jackie Lomax. It then went on to become one of Apple’s ‘First Four’ singles, with George and Eric Clapton guesting guitars. Sadly, it flopped.

George described the song in his biography, ‘I Me Mine’. “I used ‘Sour Milk Sea’ as an idea that – if you’re in the shit, don’t go around moaning about it: do something about it.”

The lyrics go like this: “If your life’s not right, doesn’t satisfy you/You don’t get the breaks, that some of us do/Better work it out, find we’re you’ve gone wrong/Better do it soon, as you don’t have long/Get out of your Sour Milk Sea, you don’t belong …

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