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Song Of The Week - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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Kangaroo Kev:
Personally I love this song, along with Something, its my favourite George song, I dont think its as good as Something, structure wise its a lot simpler, but the way its recorded makes it so powerful and huge, its a real guitarists song, Clapton is magnificent imo.


I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don't know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps



"I wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps at my mother's house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes... The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there's no such thing as coincidence - every little item that's going down has a purpose.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book - as it would be a relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song."

George famously asked his mate Eric Clapton the play on the song...

"We tried to record it, but John and Paul were so used to just cranking out their tunes that it was very difficult at times to get serious and record one of mine. It wasn't happening. They weren't taking it seriously and I don't think they were even all playing on it, and so I went home that night thinking, 'Well, that's a shame,' because I knew the song was pretty good.
The next day I was driving into London with Eric Clapton, and I said, 'What are you doing today? Why don't you come to the studio and play on this song for me?' He said, 'Oh, no - I can't do that. Nobody's ever played on a Beatles record and the others woulnd't like it.' I said, 'Look, it's my song and I'd like you to play on it.'

So he came in. I said, 'Eric's going to play on this one,' and it was good because that then made everyone act better. Paul got on the piano and played a nice intro and they all took it more seriously."

George Harrison
Anthology

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was ranked #136 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", #7 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, and #10 on their list of The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs.
In an online poll held by Guitar World magazine in February 2012, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was voted the best of Harrison's Beatle-era songs.


Personnel

George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass, piano, Hammond organ
John Lennon – electric guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, castanets
Eric Clapton – lead guitar
Personnel per Ian MacDonald

tkitna:
Most overrated Beatle song ever. It just drags along forever with Eric Clapton getting so much attention for a guitar solo that George himself could have handled very easily. Never liked it.

Hello Goodbye:
Some people here dislike the released version with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, preferring the acoustic version released on Anthology 3.  I like both versions very much.  It was one of my favorite songs on The Beatles LP set because of Eric Clapton's lead guitar.  His name wasn't listed in the liner notes, but we just knew, at that time in 1968, that it was Eric Clapton playing that beautiful guitar solo.

I didn't know anything about I Ching and I remember being upset by the lyrics when I first heard them.  I felt like George Harrison was scolding us (me) for being unenlightened.  I was comfortable with my own beliefs and level of awareness in my late teen years but I felt I was being reprimanded by my favorite Beatle.  As I grew a little older, I thought of While My Guitar Gently Weeps more of a song than a form of criticism of Western views.



The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2009 Stereo Remaster)


While My Guitar Gently Weeps ☮ Beatles (acoustic)

Klang:

I remember it being the musical highlight of the album among me and my friends at the time of its release. While we liked plenty of other songs on it, this one seemed to be the real gem.

I never took the lyrics personally, as though I was being reprimanded. It was all those others, the "bad" people that George was preaching at - lol.

Very dramatic and - yes - huge.

Proving once again that George's contributions were far from trivial. Hope the others knew that.

 :)

Hello Goodbye:

--- Quote from: Klang on June 20, 2013, 12:17:56 AM ---I never took the lyrics personally, as though I was being reprimanded. It was all those others, the "bad" people that George was preaching at - lol.

--- End quote ---

You were more enlightened than I was in 1968, Klang.    ;D

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