Recorded: October 12 and 21, 1965Not launched like a single
"Norwegian Wood" were built with a timeless rock &lifier roll inspiration: sex. As Lennon place it candidly, "I had been attempting to talk about cheating without letting me wife know I had been covering cheating. I had been writing from my encounters, girls' houses, such things as that." Adorned by Harrison's sitar, "Norwegian Wood" would be a huge advance for that Beatles, ongoing their transfer to more introspective songwriting affected by Bob Dylan.
Lennon starts having a couplet that flicks the typical rock &lifier roll bravado: "I remember when i were built with a girl/Or should I only say, she had me." He recounts a late-evening fling having a worldly urban lady, one that lives in their pad, has her very own career and invites gentlemen up for wine. She's quite different from the romance interests at the begining of Beatles' tunes.
As McCartney later described, it had been popular for Swinging London women to brighten their houses with Norwegian pine. "Therefore it would be a little parody really on individuals types of women who when you'd visit their flat there will be a large amount of Norwegian wood, " he told biographer Craig Miles. "It had been pine really, cheap pine. But it is not as good a title, 'Cheap Pine, ' baby."
Even when it is a tale of the fling having a mod groupie, it is a strikingly adult one, in the London milieu towards the way Lennon stays the evening at her place (and awakens within the bath tub). Lennon is the one that will get went after and lured, sitting nervously on her behalf rug until she announces, "It is time for mattress." Given all of the oblique wordplay, Cynthia Lennon was hardly the only real listener puzzled. As he awakens alone the following morning, he lights a fireplace — does which means that he burns the lady's house lower? Lennon never revealed the reply to this mystery McCartney has endorsed the arson theory.
Although Lennon stated in 1980 that "Norwegian Wood" was "my song completely, " he told Moving Stone ten years earlier that "Paul assisted using the middle eight, to provide credit where it's due." Based on McCartney, Lennon found him with only an initial verse: "Which was all he'd, no title, no nothing."
Harrison's sitar debut was the song's most distinctive feature — yet it originated from a minute of spontaneous studio experimentation. As Lennon told Moving Stone in 1970, "George had got the sitar, and that i stated, 'Could you play this piece?' . . . He wasn't sure whether he could listen to it yet, while he had not done much around the sitar, but he was willing to possess a go."
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