It’s almost cliche to call yourself a Beatles fan these days. The band has almost faded into the background of rock and roll that it’s like a fish saying that it likes water, their star is just assumed. Because the Beatles were together for so long and famously had so many phases of music, I feel they can really relate to you in different ways depending on what age you’re listening to them at. When I was younger, songs like “Let it Be” or “Hey Jude” really stood out, but now, I’m finding “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to be one of my favorites.
That’s why I was happy to hear this previously unreleased version of “Gently Weeps” which has a much different sound from the version we’re more familiar with. This is much less polished, and is basically just George with a guitar and Paul with a harmonium. It even includes a little behind the scenes direction during the song.
This version even includes a few lyrics which got tossed from the final version, something I always enjoy thinking about:
“I look from the wings at the play you are staging / As I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging.”
A lifetime ago I had the opportunity to visit the John Lennon Museum in Japan and seeing unfamiliar lyrics on handwritten notes for songs I was intimately familiar with was very shocking to me. It really made me appreciate the creative process that artists go through to continually refine their work.
So, enough prelude, here’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.