Never Without You
|"Never Without You"|
|Single by Ringo Starr|
|from the album Ringo Rama|
|Released||3 March 2003|
|Length||4:15 (Radio Edit)
5:24 (album version)
|Songwriter(s)||Ringo Starr, Mark Hudson, Gary Nicholson|
|Ringo Starr singles chronology|
"Never Without You" is a tribute song from Ringo Starr to his former Beatles bandmate George Harrison who died on 29 November 2001. The recording appeared on Starr's 2003 album Ringo Rama, and was also released as a single.
"Never Without You" was co-written by Starr, Mark Hudson and Gary Nicholson. Starr commented: "Gary Nicholson started that song, and Mark brought it over and we realized we could tailor it. George was really on my mind then." In a 2003 interview, Starr said that he had remained closest to Harrison of all the former Beatles following the group's break-up in 1970, and that the song conveyed "how I miss him in my heart and in music".
The recording includes a lead guitar part by Harrison's friend Eric Clapton. Starr said of Clapton's contribution: "Eric's on two tracks on the album [Ringo Rama], but I really wanted him on this song because George loved Eric and Eric loved George."
The heartfelt lyrics of "Never Without You" are sometimes misquoted, especially the following lines, which refer to the titles of two of Harrison's songs from the Beatles' Abbey Road and Harrison's All Things Must Pass albums respectively:
Starr uses the riff-driven melody from Harrison's song "What Is Life" in the middle of "Never Without You", right before he makes reference to "All Things Must Pass". The lyrics also mention Harrison's composition "Within You Without You" from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.