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George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

How did “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” evolve from George Harrison’s songwriting self-assignment?

In his own words from I, Me, Mine  and The Beatles Anthology:

“I wrote [the song] 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.

[It] 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 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.

Some of the words to the song were changed before I finally recorded it.”

Several  verses have come in and out of the song during different recordings, including a verse that appeared in a home work demo:

    I look at the trouble and see that it’s raging,
    While my guitar gently weeps.
    As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.

And this line in the very beginning, which was later abandoned:

    The problems you sow, are the troubles you’re reaping,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.

Another recorded demo with a simple acoustic guitar and organ had a different third verse:

     I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
    While my guitar gently weeps.
    As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.

 

Chord Progression:

Changes from minor mode to major mode for the bridge.

VERSE –  |  Am    Am/G   D9/F#   F   Am   G   D   E  :| ||

BRIDGE – |  A   C#m   F#m   C#m   Bm   E  :| ||

 

Hear The Song

 

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