The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Norwegian Wood {This Bird Has Flown}

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Norwegian Wood {This Bird Has Flown} which is the second song on The Beatles “Rubber Soul” album. The song was written by John Lennon.John gave Paul McCartney credit for helping with the middle eight. John began writing the song n February 1965 while on a skiing holiday in Switzerland. John wrote the song about an affair he had. He was married to his first wife Cynthia at the time so John tried to disguise it. John would call the lyrics “gobbleygook.” John would later say “I was trying to write about an affair without letting my wife know I was writing from my experiences, girls flats, things like that.” The song stood out for the use sitar played by George Harrison, it was the first use of a sitar on a pop record. George had become fascinated by the instrument when he came across one while The Beatles were in the Bahamas filming help. George would take the instrument serious-later learning under the great Ravi Shankar. George at the time of “Norwegian Wood” didn’t know how to even tune the sitar correctly. That would change. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal and acoustic rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: double-tracked sitar/ Ringo Starr: tambourine, maracas and finger cymbal. The song was recorded on October 12 and 21st, 1065 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Norwegian Wood” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Norwegian Wood” at #12 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked the song #42 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • Amazingly this great song was never released as a single.
  • The lyrics were considered so good that they were included in an anthology of classic British poetry.
  • Length of song 2:05.

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) {Lennon-McCartney}

I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me
She showed me her room, isn’t it good, norwegian wood?
She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair
I sat on the rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said, “It’s time for bed”
She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh
I told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath
And when I awoke I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, norwegian wood?