~*Something about Pattie *~

"Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover."

By Christopher Chase 2004


In 1969, George Harrison wrote the song "Something" for his beautiful wife Pattie.  This song is considered to be one of the best love songs ever written by the Beatles.  Who is this woman Pattie who so inspired George? I found a lot of great photos and information at her official website.

Pattie Boyd was born in 1945, in England. In 1962 she and her sister started working as models. They got jobs in London, Paris and New York.

George first met Pattie in 1964, when the Beatles were filming the movie  "A Hard Day's Night." Pattie had a small part in the movie.  You can see her in some of the black and white scenes below. While filming the movie George was strongly attracted to her.  Actually, it looked like all the Beatles were attracted to her. Patti was VERY cute and charming!

~*Scenes from a Hard Days Night*~

~*George and Patti in Barbados*~

The two were married in 1965.  They had a honeymoon in Barbados.  Pattie and George would sometimes do things together with John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia. Pattie was a lot of fun. If you watch the video for the song "A Day in the Life" you can see her smiling and dancing before the camera.

But Pattie's peaceful joy and beauty sometimes attracted other men, including one of George's best friends Eric Clapton.  Clapton was a famous guitarist at that time in the rock group Cream.  Eric would often spend time with the Harrisons, and eventually fell in love with Pattie. When that happened his love was so powerful that he wrote an entire album of 18 songs for her! The lead song was called Layla, a song that was about his secret love for Patti. On the song Eric sings "Like a fool, I fell in love with you, turned my whole world upside down."


After finishing the album Eric went over to the Harrison's house when George was not home, and played some of the songs for Pattie. He later released the album with an abstract painting on the cover, an image of Pattie with a bouqet of flowers for her.  At the time she was shocked but also something attracted her to Clapton. Many years later she divorced George, and eventually married Eric.

George Harrison wrote several beautiful songs about Pattie, including "I'd have you Anytime" and "Let it Down." Eric Clapton wrote the song "Layla" for Pattie, as well as the classics "Bell  Bottom Blues," "I am Yours" and "Wonderful Tonight." In the history of rock-and-roll Pattie Boyd was a powerful muse. Although she never wrote music herself she inspired many great love songs. The most famous of these is "Something."


Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around and it may show
I don't know, I don't know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

1969 Harrisongs Limited. All Rights Reserved.


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