While My Guitar Gently Weeps
George Harrison wrote this song when he read a book about a Western Philosophy which stated that everything is related as opposed to everything is coincidental.
George opened up the book, started reading then he decided to write a song about the first phrase he sees. The first phrase he cited was ‘gently weeps.’
The lyrics were indeed beautiful and was intended to be understood either literally or metaphorically.
The song is really about the “STATE” of the Beatles during those times; “everything is relative to everything else, and nothing is coincidental.” He was inspired for writing the song when he read 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.”
As he said:
I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 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.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 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 a 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.”
George’s Beatles contributions were definitely fantastic, and this particular song surely is a CLASSIC. It was the greatest contribution of THE COOLEST AND THE GREATEST AMONG THE BEATLES in the history of music.
Don’t believe me? Listen to it yourself. Keep going for the track below: