'Lost' Beatles Song Finally Finished

Forgotten George Harrison lyrics turned into tune
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2009 4:35 AM CST

(Newser) – Forty years after the Beatles split and eight after George Harrison died, a new Beatles song has been completed. Harrison gave the first ten lines of Silence (Is Its Own Reply) to a biographer in 1969, but they were put aside and forgotten until recently, the Telegraph reports. A BBC presenter, with the blessing of Harrison's estate, approached Liverpool singer/songwriter Dean Johnson about turning the lyrics into a finished song.

The lyrics Harrison wrote are believed to allude to his troubled relationship with John Lennon. "My brief was to follow George’s sentiment through to its conclusion," Johnson said. “I just tried by my best ability to get into the mind of someone in George’s position. I am so pleased that most people who have heard it think I achieved a credible continuity with the original lyrics.”