♫ While My Guitar Gently Weeps ♫

Tonight concludes ‘Beatles Week’ on Filosofa’s Word.  It started innocently enough … I played a Beatles’ song, and David suggested a Beatles’ week, and thus it began.  I missed one day, but otherwise have played some oldies but goodies.  I learned some things this week … I learned that George Harrison was a much under-appreciated member of the band, and a great songwriter in his own right.  I wish I had realized back in the day … but I was enamoured of Paul’s cute little grin and head tilt, and barely noticed George.

Did you know that at one point during their career, George walked out, said ‘I’m done’, and that John Lennon wanted to replace him with Eric Clapton?  Yes, my friends, Eric Clapton was almost a Beatle!  Harrison soon came back, however, and he and Clapton bonded.

By the time the Beatles were recording their 1968 self-titled album, also known as The White Album, things were tense among the four.  When they got to the song While My Guitar Gently Weeps, they started recording an early “draft” on July 25, 1968, with Harrison playing the guitars and McCartney following along on the harmonium.  But, it wasn’t until Harrison invited his best pal Clapton into the studio that they went back to the song. “Eric played that and I thought it was really good,” Harrison said, according to Rolling Stone. “Then we listened to it back and he said, ‘Ah, there’s a problem, though; it’s not Beatley enough.’ So we put it through the ADT to wobble it up a bit.”

But Harrison’s true purpose of inviting Clapton? To lessen the tension. “George knew everyone would behave themselves around Clapton — a classic George power move,” the Rolling Stone piece said. “The trick worked — in George’s words, ‘The other guys were as good as gold because he was there.’”

A few nights ago, our friend Keith mentioned that Eric Clapton had done a tribute to George Harrison, who died of cancer on 29 November 2001.  Of course, I had to check it out, and … well, I it moved me and I felt it was a fitting way to conclude Beatles’ Week 2020.  And so, my friends, I offer first, the Beatles version of the song, and last, Mr. Eric Clapton et al in a fitting tribute to a great and talented musician.

 

While My Guitar Genly Weeps

The Beatles

I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

Well…

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

I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping
[LOVE version:] I look from the wings at the play you are staging.
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all
[LOVE version:] As I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, ooh

31 thoughts on “♫ While My Guitar Gently Weeps ♫

  1. One has to wonder just how, amongst the multitude of choices, you chose this song?! I am most assuredly not faulting this choice, it is indeed an excellent one. I was simply wondering what in your pondering led you to this particular song…inquiring minds want to know! But, I digress.The recording of the White album, their only double album, was filled with tension. John Lennon said that “the break-up of the Beatles could be heard on that album”. I will only add one small piece to your trivia on the recording of this song. On the album it was Eric Clapton playing lead guitar and George played a Hammond Organ. I must commend you on both versions of the song that you so kindly provided. Eric Clapton’s from the “Concert for George” on the first anniversary of George’s death is magnificent. But, I was astounded to find the first version here! I do not know if you are aware, but this video was made for the 10th Anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s breathtaking “Beatles LOVE”. This video was to honor not only George Harrison, but also the recently deceased Beatles producer Sir George Martin known affectionately as the “Fifth Beatle”. Martin’s 2006 recording session and arrangements for the LOVE version of the song had been his final pieces of work. This video showcases the hand-sketched illustrations by Dandypunk with the Cirque dancer Eira Glover…a divine combination of dance, acrobatics and theater for which Cirque is known. Beatles LOVE came from the teaming of the Beatles Apple Corp LTD and the Cirque du Soleil. That came about from the friendship of George Harrison and the Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, but sadly was not completed before George’s death. It is only performed in the specially built theater at the Las Vegas Mirage Hotel. Now then, to tell you why I was astounded to see this version here. Because back in 2007, as a surprise gift for a notable birthday, my family and I were seated in the packed audience for one of the performances. I did not even know about the show’s existence prior to being taken. I was not even thrilled, as a non-gambler, by the planned gift from the children of going to Las Vegas. Let me just tell you…I would return in a heartbeat to see it again! There is a film about the show : “All Together : A Documentary Film” that was given to me in 2010. It is good, but about the making of it, not the 90 minute show itself. So, this post was a lovely trip down memory lane. Thank-you!

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    • Your inquiring mind need wonder no more! It was a comment of Keith’s that led me to it … pure and simple, he mentioned that I should check out Clapton’s tribute to Harrison, I did, and it seemed a fitting finale for Beatles Week. And, I must thank you for sharing your knowledge and also your beautiful memories!!! As always, you are a walking encyclopedia and much appreciated!!! I am so glad this one gave you a trip down memory lane, my friend!

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  2. Jill, thanks for the shout out. The fact Clapton and Harrison remained friends after Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd left him for Clapton says a great deal. The whole trubute show is excellent, with George’s son heavily involved on the stage.

    This is a great song, with the weeping guitar. Thanks, Keith

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    • Ah yes … I meant to make mention of that, but forgot … sometimes at 4:00 a.m. I am not the brightest bulb in the pack. Thanks to you, my friend, for pointing me in this direction. It made a fitting finale to Beatles week.

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      • Jill, thanks. You did well, especially with so many songs to choose from. I saw Ellen’s comments. She is not incorrect about the infighting on The White Album. But, the album did comprise a number of great songs – this one, Revolution, Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence, etc. Keith

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        • Thank you so much, Keith! Our Ellen is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to music! Personally, I prefer the Beatles older work … not their very early ones, but the ones during the middle of their career.

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  3. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    I really enjoyed this elegant acoustic version. GH was underappreciated for sure, he may not be as prolific a song writer as JL & PM, but the quality was certainly there. This song is a masterpiece and enjoyed all over the world. Thanks for sharing with us! RIP Sir George ❤

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  4. I love this song, I don’t think I took much notice of it at the time. My mother liked Ringo best in the early days as she felt sorry for him! I did enjoy the video of the tribute concert. I never going searching YouTube, too busy writing and blogging, so I rely on other bloggers to come up with all sorts of music!

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    • I didn’t pay much attention to it back in the day, either, but it really is a great one, isn’t it? I fully understand what you mean about not having time to go in search of! This blog now occupies about 14 hours per day, leaving me little time for much else. But, I love it, and my music posts are a way to offset some of the angst I bring with my political posts … both for me and the readers!

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  5. I always enjoy this song, and this particular video of it. Look at all those rockers, the drummers, keyboards, and guitarists playing homage to a dynamic song. Only video of this song that I rank over it is Prince’s performance at the Rock & Roll HOF.

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