The song was an appeal for a closer relationship with God. Harrison would need it. A few months after its release, Harrison was sued for copyright infringement by the publisher of "He's So Fine," a hit for the Chiffons.
It was also released as a single, Harrison's first as a solo artist, and topped charts worldwide; it was the biggest-selling single of in the UK. In America and Britain, the song was the first number-one single by an ex- Beatle. Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston's Encouraging Words album in September Harrison wrote "My Sweet Lord" in praise of the Hindu god Krishna ,  while intending the lyrics as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of " Hare Krishna " and Vedic prayer.
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