A previously unseen “mystery” George Harrison lyric went on public display today.
Written in early 1967 when Harrison was aged 23 or 24, the untitled song was penned while the Beatles had stopped touring to spend more time in the studio to work on Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Writer Hunter Davies found the lyric during his research for a new edition of the band’s official biography, which has been re-released more than 40 years after its original publication.
Davies collected the Beatles’ lyrics discarded as scrap paper from the floor of Abbey Road studio and kept them as souvenirs.
It is almost certain that they would have been thrown out by the cleaners if he had not picked them up, said the British Library, which has put the Harrison lyric on show in London.
Jamie Andrews, head of modern literary manuscripts at the library, said: “The nation loves the Beatles so it’s great to see George’s lyric reunited with those of his band mates in the British Library.”
Written in Harrison’s handwriting, the song was never recorded by him, or even put to music, as far as the library can tell.
The late Beatle wrote: “I’m happy to say that it’s only a dream; when I come across people like you; it’s only a dream and you make it obscene; with the things that you think and you do.
“Your (sic) so unaware of the pain that I bear; and jealous for what you can’t do.
“There’s times when I feel that you haven’t a hope; but I also know that isn’t true.”
The identity of the girl Harrison was dreaming about remains a mystery, but it is thought that it could have been his then wife Pattie Boyd.
On the reverse side of the lyric are instructions on how to reach the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein’s country house in Sussex, written in Epstein’s hand.
Most of the British Library’s Beatles collection is on loan by permission of Davies, who plans to donate it to the library after his death.
The collection ranges from a fan club membership card to the lyrics of 'A Hard Day’s Night', written by John Lennon on the back of a birthday card to his son Julian.
Harrison’s lyric joins other treasures of the British Library, such as the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio, in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, which is free and open to the public.