The titular palace was the home of legendary comedian Lord Buckley. His manager Mr. Grief (name checked in the lyrics) showed Harrison around the grounds and inspired the track, which is on 1976’s Thirty-Three and 1/3rd. After the darkness of Harrison’s previous two albums, the song captures him trying to grow up by embracing love and laughter, helped by his burgeoning friendship with British comedy troupe Monty Python.
Python’s Eric Idle directed the song’s video on Harrison’s own eccentric estate Friar Park, with Hari doing his version of Lennon’s goonish smiles and hand gestures from the “Another Girl” segment of Help!
George hand gesture 00:25
John hand gestures 1:57