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George Harrison's Tribute To Eric Clapton's Chocolate Addiction: Savoy Truffle (1968)


One of the more intriguing and jazzy tracks on The Beatles White Album is George Harrison's Savoy Truffle. The title is taken from one of the chocolates contained within a box of Mackintosh's Good News, a popular gift back in 1960s Britain.

Harrison penned the song as a good-natured tribute to his chocoholic friend Eric Clapton and got some of the lyrics from the inside lid of a box of Good News. "He's got this real sweet tooth and he'd just had his mouth worked on. His dentist said he was through with candy. So as a tribute I wrote, 'You'll have to have them all pulled out after the Savoy Truffle'. The truffle was some kind of sweet, just like all the rest - cream tangerine, ginger sling - just candy, to tease Eric."

Crème tangerine and Montelimar
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert, yes, you know it's good news
But you have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle

Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart
I feel your taste all the time we're apart
Coconut fudge really blows down those blues
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle

You might not feel it now
When the pain cuts through
You're going to know and how
The sweat is going to fill your head
When it becomes too much
You'll shout aloud

You'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle

You know that what you eat you are
But what is sweet now turns so sour
We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da
But can you show me where you are?

Crème tangerine and Montelimar
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert, yes, you know it's good news
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
Yes, you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle

Mackintosh the chocolate company is no more. In 1969 it merged with Rowntree's to form Rowntree Mackintosh, which, of course, was ultimately taken over by Nestlé in 1988.

 

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