The Beatles -- ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4.46)

George Harrison: Double-tracked lead vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar; John Lennon: Harmony vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar, piano, hammond organ; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine; Lead guitar: Eric Clapton

This over-rated song was based on a line that George chose at random from a book. He flicked through his mother’s bookcase and happened upon the words ‘gently weeps’. He remembered: “I just had my guitar and I think I just wanted to write a song so,” he said. “I do this often if I haven’t particularly got an idea for a song – I believe in the I Ching, where everything is at that moment, you know, relative to the situation. So, with ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ I just opened a book that was around, and the first thing I looked at became the song.”

Not everyone was as enthusiastic with it as him though. “I worked on it with John, Paul and Ringo and they weren’t interested at all.” The fact that it took him over thirty-seven hours and 44 takes to get right couldn’t have …

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Take 1 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (3.27)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmonium;

This demo version is just played solo on his acoustic guitar. It contains an extra verse that was deleted from the final master.

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