Song Meaning While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

A talented person is able to create a masterpiece from any material, based on a random image or even a meaningless phrase. This was successfully proved by George Harrison, who similarly composed the song While My Guitar Gently Weeps (“While my guitar gently cries”).

The history of creation and the meaning of the song While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The future masterpiece was born from two words that the author found in a book that came to hand.

Harrison recounted how While My Guitar Gently Weeps was born:

I wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese “Book of Changes” by Yijing … According to Eastern philosophy, everything that happens is predetermined from above, and there is no such thing as a coincidence – every little thing that happens has a meaning.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps was a simple exploration of this theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I see when I open any book – because it would have to do with that moment, that time. I took a book at random, opened it, saw “softly crying”, then put the book back and began to compose a song.

When he introduced While My Guitar Gently Weeps to his fellow Beatles, they “didn’t take it seriously,” Harrison recalls, as they were more concerned with their own compositions. This hurt George, but he was not going to give up, because he considered the song quite successful.

The next day he was driving to London in the company of Eric Clapton and invited him to play guitar on this song. At first, he categorically refused, because there was no such precedent in the history of The Beatles, but Harrison convinced him.

The appearance of Clapton in the studio, who came specifically for While My Guitar Gently Weeps, made the Beatles look at the song differently and work on it with great enthusiasm.

Release and achievements

While My Guitar Gently Weeps was included on The Beatles’ double album (1968), better known as The White Album.

Rolling Stone magazine included her in their lists of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and the 100 Best Guitar Songs.

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Interesting Facts

  • The original version of the song contained an additional verse and differed from the final version by a few lines.
  • In 2002, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton performed While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles Lyrics

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 need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold you 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

While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles Lyrics

I look at you all and see love that sleeps
While my guitar gently cries
I look at the floor and see that it needs to be swept
And my guitar still gently cries

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to reveal your love
I don’t know how someone controls you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and notice that it’s spinning
While my guitar gently cries
We must definitely learn from every mistake,
And my guitar still gently cries

I don’t know what distracted you
You have also been corrupted
I don’t know how they changed you
Nobody warned you

I look at you all and see love that sleeps
While my guitar gently cries
I look at you all
And my guitar still gently cries

Song quote

…I knew the song was pretty good

George Harrison

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