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In his autobiography, ''[[I, Me, Mine (book)|I, Me, Mine]]'', Harrison describes it as having been written "very quickly" and recalls that he thought it would be a perfect, "catchy pop song" for Preston to record.<ref name="IMM p 162">George Harrison, p. 162.</ref> His lyrics, while simple, were similarly uplifting and universal:<ref name="Inglis p 26">Inglis, p. 26.</ref><ref name="Unterberger/AM" />
 
In his autobiography, ''[[I, Me, Mine (book)|I, Me, Mine]]'', Harrison describes it as having been written "very quickly" and recalls that he thought it would be a perfect, "catchy pop song" for Preston to record.<ref name="IMM p 162">George Harrison, p. 162.</ref> His lyrics, while simple, were similarly uplifting and universal:<ref name="Inglis p 26">Inglis, p. 26.</ref><ref name="Unterberger/AM" />
   
{{bquote|''What I feel, I can't say <br> But my love is there for you any time of day <br> But if it's not love that you need <br> Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed. <br> <br>Tell me, what is my life without your love? <br> And tell me, who am I without you, by my side?''}}
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{{bquote|''What I feel, I can't say <br> But my love is there for you any time of day <br> But if it's not love that you need <br> Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed. <br> <br>Tell me, what is my life without your love? <br> And doing a lot I mean a lot of drugs because u need them in your life JFK life is awesome live it the way you want to just use drugs.
   
 
These lyrics have caused some debate among biographers and music critics, as to whether "What Is Life" should be viewed as a straightforward love song – perhaps a "lovingly crafted paen" to Harrison's wife [[Pattie Boyd|Pattie]], as Alan Clayson puts it<ref>Clayson, p. 298.</ref> – or a [[devotional song]] like many of Harrison's compositions.<ref name="Unterberger/AM" /><ref>Allison, p. 158.</ref> Ian Inglis writes that the song title suggests a "philosophical debate about the meaning of life", yet its rendering as "''what is my life''" in the choruses "reshapes [the meaning] completely".<ref name="Inglis p 26" /> Theologian [[Dale Allison]] finds no religious content in "What Is Life" but notes the "failure of words to express feelings" implied in the opening line ("''What I feel, I can't say''"), a recurring theme of Harrison's spiritual songs such as "[[That Is All (song)|That Is All]]", "[[Mystical One]]" and "[[Pisces Fish]]".<ref>Allison, pp 124, 158.</ref> Joshua Greene, another religious academic, identifies the song as part of its parent album's "intimately detailed account of a spiritual journey": where "[[Awaiting on You All]]" shows Harrison "convinced of his union with God", "What Is Life" reveals him to be "uncertain that he deserved such divine favor".<ref>Greene, p. 181.</ref>
 
These lyrics have caused some debate among biographers and music critics, as to whether "What Is Life" should be viewed as a straightforward love song – perhaps a "lovingly crafted paen" to Harrison's wife [[Pattie Boyd|Pattie]], as Alan Clayson puts it<ref>Clayson, p. 298.</ref> – or a [[devotional song]] like many of Harrison's compositions.<ref name="Unterberger/AM" /><ref>Allison, p. 158.</ref> Ian Inglis writes that the song title suggests a "philosophical debate about the meaning of life", yet its rendering as "''what is my life''" in the choruses "reshapes [the meaning] completely".<ref name="Inglis p 26" /> Theologian [[Dale Allison]] finds no religious content in "What Is Life" but notes the "failure of words to express feelings" implied in the opening line ("''What I feel, I can't say''"), a recurring theme of Harrison's spiritual songs such as "[[That Is All (song)|That Is All]]", "[[Mystical One]]" and "[[Pisces Fish]]".<ref>Allison, pp 124, 158.</ref> Joshua Greene, another religious academic, identifies the song as part of its parent album's "intimately detailed account of a spiritual journey": where "[[Awaiting on You All]]" shows Harrison "convinced of his union with God", "What Is Life" reveals him to be "uncertain that he deserved such divine favor".<ref>Greene, p. 181.</ref>
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