November 30, 2006

The Beatles – Love

There are some songs for which i’m just sure that a fantastic version could be done but it doesn’t yet exist. George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is certainly one of those, the Beatles version is absolutely shocking and while I have a good version from Eric Clapton doing it live i’ve been unconvinced by his studio efforts. The lyrics of the song are pretty poor at times, it seems George Harrison had to reach for the rhyming dictionary when coming up with such dismal efforts as

I don’t know how you were diverted,
You were perverted too,
I don’t know how you were inverted,
No one alerted you,

However there is a better version on the recently released ‘Love’ album from the beatles, George Martin has messed around a bit with the orchestration and it gets too cheesy but it does have a very nice beginning, you can listen to it here . It also includes a verse which doesn’t appear in other places

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.

Hardly shakespeare but a nice improvement i think.

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