while my guitar gently weeps (acoustic)-george harrison





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While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a rock ballad written by George Harrison for The Beatles on their double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album).

nspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading the I Ching, which, as he put it, "seemed to me to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else...opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental."[3] Taking this idea of relativism to his parents home in northern England, Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were gently weeps, and he immediately began the song.

The initial incarnation was not final, as Harrison said: "Some of the words to the song were changed before I finally recorded it. A demo recorded at George's home in Esher includes an unused verse: I look at the trouble and see that it's raging, While my guitar gently weeps. As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging, Still, my guitar gently weeps.

An early acoustic guitar/organ take of the song, released on Anthology 3 and also used as the basis of the Love remix, featured a slightly 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 aging, Still, my guitar gently weeps.

The composition was met with little to no interest by the other Beatles. The band recorded it several times, at first in the aforementioned acoustic style, and later in an electric version featuring a backward guitar solo (as Harrison had done in "I'm Only Sleeping" on Revolver), but no version seemed to work. Let down but undaunted, Harrison invited his friend Eric Clapton to join him during a day's recording session. Despite Clapton's doubts ("Nobody ever plays on the Beatles' records"), Harrison convinced him otherwise. The inclusion of Clapton allowed a moment's relief from the band's inner turmoil, as well as a chance for Harrison to free himself of lead guitar, playing only rhythm and vocal.


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