Savoy Truffle

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"Savoy Truffle"
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 3, 5 and 11 October 1968,
Trident Studios, London; EMI Studios, London
Length 2:54
Label Apple
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Martin
The Beatles track listing

"Savoy Truffle" is a song written by George Harrison and performed by the Beatles on their album The Beatles, also known as the White Album.


Harrison wrote "Savoy Truffle" as a tribute to his friend Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction, and indeed he derived the title and many of the lyrics from a box of Mackintosh's Good News chocolates.[4] Supposedly all of the confectionery names used in the song are authentic, except cherry cream and coconut fudge.[5] The chorus ("But you'll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle") is a reference to the deterioration of one's teeth after eating too many sweets. The line "We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da" refers to the song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which appears earlier on the album, but with the "sinister" overtone (as Walter Everett put it) that "life may not go on" as that song suggests.[6] "Savoy Truffle" is one of several Beatles songs that make specific reference to other songs recorded by the group (others include "All You Need Is Love", which refers to "She Loves You"; "I Am the Walrus", which refers to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"; and "Glass Onion", which refers to several other songs).

Musical structure[edit]

Everett notes that the harmonies of the bridge (E-A-G-B, as was the case in McCartney's "Yesterday") recast those of the verse with some condensation.[6] Early versions of the song notably utilised Harrison's pentatonic electric piano and Telecaster, as well as the boogying saxophones.[6]


The Beatles recorded the basic track for "Savoy Truffle" at Trident Studios on 3 October 1968. The final mixes of the song were finished by 14 October.[7] Six saxophonists (three baritone, three tenor) were brought in on 11 October to perform brass overdubs, arranged by Chris Thomas. The horn players were reportedly dismayed at Harrison's decision to distort their sound on the recording.[8]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[4]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (25 January 2002). "The Music of George Harrison: An album-by-album guide". Goldmine. p. 15. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Beatles [White Album] - The Beatles". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  3. ^ Andrew Hickey (October 2010). The Beatles in Mono. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-4461-8490-5. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b MacDonald (2005), p. 321.
  5. ^ "Savoy Truffle". The Beatles Bible. 
  6. ^ a b c Walter Everett. The Beatles as Musicians. Revolver Through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. NY. 1999. ISBN 0-19-509553-7. ISBN 0-19-512941-5. p204
  7. ^ Lewisohn (1988), pp. 158, 162.
  8. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 161.
  9. ^ "Songs from the Material World". 


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