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Norwegian Wood - The Beatles (12/8 - Capo 2nd fret)
Riff (played at all Verses): D C D _ _ _ _ _ _ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | e|-2---------------|-----------2-----| B|-3---------------|-----------3-----| G|-2-4-2-0-----0---|-----0-----4-----| D|-0-------4-2---4-|-0---------0-----| A|-----------------|---3---2-0-0-----| E|-----------------|-----------------| Instrumental: Riff (2 times) D D [D C] D I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me. D D [D C] D She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood? Dm Dm G G She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere, Dm Dm Em A So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair. I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine. We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed" Instrumental: Riff (2 times) Dm Dm G G She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. Dm Dm Em A I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown. So I lit a fire, isn't it good, Norwegian wood? Instrumental: Riff (2 times)
Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written primarily by John Lennon, with the middle eight and lyrical contributions by Paul McCartney. It is the first example of a rock band playing the sitar in one of their songs; it was played by George Harrison
Lennon started composing the song on his acoustic guitar in January 1965, while on holiday with his wife, Cynthia, in the Swiss Alps. Lennon later explained that the lyric was about an affair he had been having:
I was very careful and paranoid because I didn't want my wife, Cyn, to know that there really was something going on outside of the household. I'd always had some kind of affairs going on, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing about an affair. But in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn't tell. But I can't remember any specific woman it had to do with.
McCartney explained the title and lyric as follows:
Peter Asher [brother of McCartney's then-girlfriend Jane Asher] had his room done out in wood, a lot of people were decorating their places in wood. Norwegian wood. It was pine, really, cheap pine. But it's not as good a title, "Cheap Pine", baby. So it was a little parody really on those kind of girls who when you'd go to their flat there would be a lot of Norwegian wood. It was completely imaginary from my point of view but in John's it was based on an affair he had. This wasn't the decor of someone's house, we made that up. So she makes him sleep in the bath and then finally in the last verse I had this idea to set the Norwegian wood on fire as revenge, so we did it very tongue in cheek. She led him on, then said, "You'd better sleep in the bath." In our world the guy had to have some sort of revenge ... so it meant I burned the place down ....
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