Wirral songwriter Dean Johnson has turned the lyrics into a new composition
Watch a video of Johnson performing ‘Silence (Is Its Own Reply)’ live on BBC Radio Merseyside by scrolling down and clicking below.
Harrison is said to have penned the lyrics to the song in the latter part of the 1960s before handing them to The Beatles‘ biographer Hunter Davies. After Davies referenced the lyrics – which he had forgotten about until recently – on a BBC Radio Merseyside interview, host Spencer Leigh decided to contact Johnson to get him to write the music for the track.
“I found it unbelievable, tremendously exciting and, above all, a complete honour. My brief was to follow George‘s sentiment through to its conclusion,” Johnson explained.
“The lyrics are of a personal nature and were first thought to be a song of unrequited love but, in hindsight, they seem to allude to George‘s uneasy relationship with John Lennon,” the note on the site reads. “This is substantiated by first-hand observations by Hunter Davies and by people close to Harrison.”
Watch Dean Johnson performing ‘Silence (Is Its Own Reply)’ on BBC Radio Merseyside‘s ‘On The Beat’ show below.