George Harrison, Friar Park, 1974; screen capped from the “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” promotional clip, as included on The Apple Years 1968-1975 DVD. The clip was directed by George, and filmed by Nick Knowland (and is also available on YouTube).
“It’s very optimistic. Instead of getting stuck in a rut, everybody should try ringing out the old and ringing in the new. I mean, they all hold hands and dance about, doing ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ every New Year’s Eve but they never apply it. They sing about it, but they never apply it to their lives. I mean, it is comical, but at the same time it is pretty good. I was just sitting by the fire, playing the guitar and I looked up on the wall, and there it was written, carved into the wall in oak: 'Ring Out The Old. Ring In The New’ on the left and on the right of the fire: 'Ring Out The False. Ring In The True’. I thought 'God, it took me five years of looking at that, before I realised it was a song.’ A loony, who used to own the house, he built it, and it has got all these great things written all over the place. 'Yesterday, Today Was Tomorrow’ was written in the stone on a window in the garden buildings, and on the other window 'Tomorrow, Today Will Be Yesterday’.” - George Harrison, 1974
“I mean, I always had a sense of humor about things, even during my really heavy religious period.” - George Harrison, October/November 1987 [x]