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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

by

The Beatles



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Eric Clapton played lead guitar on this song. He and George Harrison were good friends, but George had to convince him to come to the studio because Clapton was worried the other Beatles wouldn't want him there. Clapton's presence eased the mood in the studio at a tense time for The Beatles. They were at each other's throats during recording of The White Album, but they all relaxed when Clapton showed up.
Harrison often had to fight to get his songs on the albums. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were not interested in this at first, but came around when Harrison brought Clapton to the studio.
According to A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner, Harrison was reading I Ching, the Chinese book of changes, and decided to write a song about the first words he saw, which were "Gently Weeps." (thanks, Jonathan - Johnstown, PA)
This was originally recorded as an acoustic ballad with just Harrison on acoustic guitar and Paul McCartney on organ. This version can be found on some bootlegs and on The Beatles Anthology 3. (thanks, Stefanie magura - Rock Hill, SC)
This was the first song Ringo played on after leaving the band in frustration a few weeks earlier. He returned to find flowers on his drums to welcome him back.
The guitar Clapton used on this was a Les Paul. Later in his career, he switched to a Fender Stratocaster.
Even though this was not a hit, it is one of the most enduring Beatles songs. It remains popular on Classic Rock radio.
Clapton became good friends with Lennon, and played with him on some of his solo work. When Harrison threatened to leave The Beatles in 1969, Lennon was ready to replace him with Clapton.
Jeff Healy covered this song on his 1990 album Hell To Pay. (thanks, Jay Fitzgerald - Saskatoon, Canada)
In the Las Vegas show, LOVE, this song is included. In the show they use the Anthology version with a cello added. George Harrison came up with the idea for LOVE, though he died before the show was ever performed. (thanks, Breanna - Henderson, NV)
Carlos Santana covered the song on his 2010 album Guitar Heaven. His version features vocals by India.Arie and cello by Yo-Yo Ma. "When I think of that song," Arie told Rolling Stone, "I always had this vision of George Harrison being at home with his wife and his kids, and going in at five o'clock in the morning and playing his guitar to himself. I imagined that and put a sensual energy on it."
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Comments (126):

Really like this song.
- Lada, Zelenograd , Russia Federation
Peter Frampton recorded this on his album "Now" (2003).
- Eliseu, Canoas, Brazil
My brother and I used to wait for the Beatle's 45 rpm records to come out and and listen to them over and over for hours until they were worn out. My love of music comes from the Beatles. They will always be the best band of all time even though they only lasted 10 years. Selfishly,I would love to have seen them together as long as the Stones.Watch this movie. It will change your life. George was 1 of best guitarist ever and most successful solo Beatle. 2 #1 hits & 1 #1 albulm.
Late last year my life was changed by a movie on HBO directed by the great Martin Scorsese entitled George Harrison (Living in the the Past). It is 3&1/2 hours long
- martin, daytona beach, FL
One of The Beatles finest works and one of their most underrated. An incredible song by three of the most influential artists in music history. Harrison's lyrics combined with Clapton's lead guitar and McCartney's driving bass make this one of my favorites. Amazing when you think about the fact that this song came about during a very turbulent time in The Beatles history.
- J Bags, Merrick, NY
This song is creepy... but I love it!
- Olivia, Philadelphia, PA
I can't believe that with all of the discussion about the beauty of Clapton's playing on this song nobody has taken the time to acknowledge Paul's bass line. Incredible. Fact is that Paul's bass line provides much of the texture and power of this song, so that Clapton can spend his energy on playing melodically. The bass line is simply spectacular.

Having said that I actually prefer the solo acoustic demo version. Personally I find the lyrics better composed in that version.
- Michael, Pittsburgh, PA
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song! It's...well dang! I'm speechless...I just adore this song!
- Megan, Stevenson, AL
I may just be a lowly high schooler, but I feel as if George left too much of the writing to Lennon and McCartney. Gems like "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" are rare indeed.
- Jessi, South Bloomfield, OH
In reference to what inspired George Harrison to write this song, please see what follows: Composition and recordingInspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading 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." Taking this idea of relativism to his parents home in northern England, Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were "gently weeps", and he immediately began the song. 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.
The initial incarnation was not final, as Harrison said: "Some of the words to the song were changed before I finally recorded it." A demo recorded at George's home in Esher includes an unused verse:
I look at the trouble and see that it's raging,
While my guitar gently weeps.
As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
Still, my guitar gently weeps.
As well as an unused line in the very beginning:
The problems you sow, are the troubles you're reaping,
Still, my guitar gently weeps.
This line was eventually omitted in favour of the one appearing on The Beatles. An early acoustic guitar/organ take of the song, released on Anthology 3 and also used as the basis of the Love remix, featured a slightly different third verse:
I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
While my guitar gently weeps.
As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
Still, my guitar gently weeps.
The band recorded the song several times, including a version with a backward guitar solo (as Harrison had done for "I'm Only Sleeping" on Revolver, but Harrison was not satisfied. On 6 September 1968, during a ride from Surrey into London, Harrison asked Eric Clapton to add a lead guitar solo to the song. Clapton was reluctant-he said, "Nobody ever plays on the Beatles' records"-but Harrison convinced him and Clapton's solo was recorded that evening. Harrison later said that in addition to his solo, Clapton's presence had another effect on the band: "It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behaviour."
I believe this to be true. It also stated whom was involved in the recording that ended up being released on the White Album, which follows:
PersonnelGeorge Harrison - double-tracked vocal, backing vocal, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ
Paul McCartney - backing vocal, piano, organ, bass
John Lennon - electric guitar
Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine
Eric Clapton - lead guitar
Personnel per Ian MacDonald
- kim, san pedro, Belize
In the days when The Beatles could not be found, I relied upon the Phish version of this song. Today when I hear the original, it is like listening to original recordings of King Oliver from the early part of the 20th century. Great song for sure, but Phish knocks it out of the ballpark (and Jake Shimabukuro kicks out an excellent version on the ukulele).
- Matt, Washington, DC, DC
Kelly, the song is George chastizing the other Beatles...George is the Fool on the Hill.
"...I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps..."

from The Fool on the Hill
" but the fool on the hill sees the sun going down
and the eyes in his head see the world spinning round..."
- walrus, west texas, TX
I believe that the "effect" on Clapton's guitar is a slight tape delay, with a large amount of wow and flutter.
- Lee, Blacksburg , VA
my dad told me that this song was about george sitting around the studio, watching the beatles disintegrate. i love this song but that makes me sad everytime i hear it. can anyone confirm if thats true or not?
- Kelly, Sidney, OH
Tyler, Greenville, TN, that "freaky sitar" as you call it is amazing! It is a brillant instrament that sounds haunting and for lack of a better word, cool. My favorite instrament happens to be "the freaky sitar". He can write a good song even with the "freaky sitar".
- Breanna, Henderson, NV
george harrison's music is and always will be the music ever written. so, sad he had to pass away. now, he is where he wanted to be close to God.
- wesley, fort worth, TX
Someone here said the solo is classic Clapton. It seems to me completely NOT characteristic of his playing then or since, in the tone of the guitar and its overall pace and phrasing. It has the melodic feel, in fact, of a Harrison solo. Though I don't doubt it was played by Clapton, Harrison may well have suggested the sort of thing he wanted Clapton to play. It seems a great melding of the two musicians. It's worth remembering that Clapton was barely into his 20s at the time. If you love the solo in the original, you must absolutely check out the Concert for George version. Generously long, and achingly beautiful! As for classic Clapton, if you want to connect with the distilled essence of his revolutionary brilliance at the time, it is all there in his solo in Sunshine of Your Love -- the fitful, off-kilter phrasing, the savage attack, and the most grungy bends you'll ever hear. And of course his signature "woman tone." He became a different player when he switched to the Fender.
- Dieter Heinrich, Toronto, ON
"For every mistake, we must surely be learning." Thank you George... a simple statement that speaks volumes to all of us. I miss you.
- Steff, Montclair, NJ
George can write a good song when he puts down that freaky sitar.
- Tyler, Greeneville, TN
Yes Paul was a perfectionist and could be difficult, but he did compose (and presumably played on the piano) the terrific intro to this song. George eventually gave him credit for this contribution.
- Raf, Vancouver, BC
im a huge eric clapton fan too so this has to be one of my top 3 favorite beatles songs
- amanda, evansville, IN
OK...here's one for you all. You may have read or heard about Paul, George, and Ringo jamming together at Eric Clapton's wedding to Patti Boyd in 1979. The only one missing was John. About a month later Eric ran into John and asked him why he hadn't attended the wedding. John's reply was "I didn't get an invitation, I would have loved to have been there!" Eric cursed himself for not being more thorough about getting his invitations out and being the possible roadblock of a full fledged Beatles reunion.
- Perry, Portsmouth, NH
You should all listen to Jeff Healeys cover of this song.. it is absolutely FANTASTIC. Infact, I dare to say better than the Beatles original in many ways..
- Budoshi, Sandnessjøen, Norway
This is my favorite Beatles song ever! It's so cool. I just love the rythem of it! The lyrics are so deep, for example, "I look at the world and I notice it's turning" that's so deep and cool! George's my favorite Beatle and he wrote some awesome songs!
- Breanna, Henderson, NV
If you listen to the song and think in terms of the Beatle's history at the time, you can see George was talking about the way he was treated by the other Beatles (John and Paul). His guitar is weeping because of the fact that it (his songs) is not being used. He had just threatened to quit. The session from the White Album include several Harrison songs that they worked on and never made it to the album; several made it to George's solo albums. Try listening to the song in that context.
- Dave, Scottsdale, AZ
To anyone who thinks that sampleing this song and using it for rap or hip hop or what ever strikes their fancy should be taken out back and SHOT. You would'nt dream of defacing the Mona Lisa. Oh wait they would'nt know....my bad
- Billy, West Unity, OH
This is a shout-out to Wyatt, anywhere USA:

Monsieur, as a professional musician I commend you on your very astute appraisal of George Harrison's guitar playing (flexible, sophisticated) versus that of his friend Eric( classic, but conservative). Too many ---who don't play guitar and never studied music---underrate Harrison and overrate Clapton.

And I must say, your inclusion of true guitar virtuosos(harmonic sophistication, technical achievements) Wes Montgomery, Segovia, Les Paul was simply inspired.

Paul was an insufferable egoist, and I can only imagine what Harrison felt when, after jamming w/Clapton, Robertson, Mason, et al, all of whom respected Harrison's abilities, he had to listen to McCartney condescend and bully as to how he, Harrison, should play any given solo. I do respect Paul's contributions---in the Beatles---but his horrible output, which did so much to undermine his own towering artistic legacy thereafter proved just vital Harrison's contributions really were.

Many thanks for your very musically informed, well-reasoned, and respectful post. I hope many fans read it, and I especially hope up-and-coming musicians do, as well
- didier, UK, NY
so serene, haunting n beautiful....a true masterpiece..... clapton excels in his work...to those who criticize the beatles i jus wanna say this...*sticks up middle finger*....eat tat...
- rahul, chennai, India
Wu Tang Clan samples this song on their song "The Heart Gently Weeps". The members of Wu who rapped on the song were Method Man, Ghostface Killa, and Raekwon. Erykah Badu sang the chorus. John Frusciante played lead guitar on the track with Dhani Harrison (George Harrison's son) playing rythem guitar. The song deals with a bad drug deal.
- Austin, Smallsville, New England
and i forgot to mention- the acoustic version on 'love' is gorgeous as well. its very sad and mellow, and portrays the feeling of the words well. i recommend you listen to it if you already havent.
- chloe, st. louis, MO
eminem actually covered this?! ack! guitars everywhere are weeping. this is such a beautiful song- the epic guitar work by clapton, the bassline, george's lyrics. its all perfect. we'll never know EXACTLY what any beatles song means, but the lyrics make me think of how george must have reacted to the tensions in the band, and how he saw the world in general. during the first verse, i always picture the four of them in the studio bickering, with george staring at the floor, thinking of the "love that lies sleeping" between them. just my interpretation.
- chloe, st. louis, MO
This song is like a tributary to the end of the Beatles or the beginning of the end. I think that's why it's haunting and memorable.
- Linc, Beaumont, TX
I'm a very Beatles's fan since 1963, and especially I like George too much. I tihnk he's the best Beatles composer. But one thing I didn't like, or undestand in "While my...weeps", is when he says " I don't know why you were inverted, no one alerted you".Is it about sexuality? If it is, it didn't sound good in plain sixties. Somebody can help me, if I'm right?
- Eduardo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This was the only track on the Beatles' "Love" soundrtrack that had new music. When George Martin first heard George's demo in 1968, he wanted to score a string backing with George playing accoustic guitar, but George vetoed that, saying it had been done before with "Yesterday". George Martin said that he always wanted to do a version like that and got Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia's permission to break the rules of the project - no original music - this one time, with strings backing George singing and playing accoustic guitar from 1968.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
Everyone should check out Prince's guitar solo from the performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions a few years back. It is inspiring.
- Matt, Philadelphia, PA
Yet another song that was featured in the Beatles-inspired sixties film "Across the Universe". The scene in question features Jojo, a Jimi Hendrix inspired character, playing the song in memoriam of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after his assassination.
- Bill, Erie, PA
I heard this song a million times before I happened to focus in on the bass line and fall in love with it. It's just intense and great. As is the entire song.
- Susan, Toronto, Canada
An earlier comment is exactly correct - despite the brilliance of the guitar work on this song, and the beauty of the vocals, by far the most interesting part of this song musically is McCartney's bass line. Until I heard this line I subscribed to the common theory that McCartney wasn't much of a bassist. That theory is false.
- Michael, Pittsburgh, PA
All time great song from Harrison and the Beatles. Clapton's guitar was a perfect choice but what is really outstanding is Paul's bass. Listen to it closly and Paul keeps up with Clapton every step of the way.
- Ken, San Diego, CA
This song is about Harrison playing the guitar whilst looking at the world for inspiration, but finding nothing because we've lost our ability to be truly passionate- loving- to one another. He can't understand why it's become so hard for us to love; why we've never been taught; but is "hopeful" that we may be moving in the right direction by learning from our mistakes. He's describing what he's seeing; yet the fact that his own floor needs to be cleaned is an analogy that he too is neglecting his responsibilities to making the world a better place. He's also talking about how we've been tricked into being this way. Maybe suggesting it's something systematic.
- Shane, Toronto, Canada
Why does George says "Paul, Paul, Paul" at the end? It's because Paul is dead of course and Harrison's guitar is crying for him.

And yes, before everyone jumps down my throat, he didn't say "Paul, Paul, Paul."
- Kevin, Albany, OR
This is one of George's best songs (3 best). It is also one of the 10 best songs off the White Album.
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
Jill while you are correct about those early John Lennon songs being unhappy,and he actually wrote some more that were bitter about being a jealous lover,like his great early 1964 You Can't Do That rocker where he plays lead guitar for the first time,and I'll Cry Instead from A Hard Day's Night,A Day In The Life was during their middle and beginning of their later period recorded in January of 1967 on Sgt.Pepper! And one of the things that inspired John to write A Day In The Life,(Paul of course wrote the middle section Woke up fell out of bed etc, but he also wrote most of the music including the notes rising and then crashing down on the piano,and Paul half conducted the British Philharmonic Orchestra with George Martin at only age 24!)was that he was reading The Daily Mail about the cororners report on the 21 year old guiness heir Tara Browne who died in a car crash in December 1966 and who was a good friend of theirs,Paul met him first in a club and introduced him to John,and Mick Jagger,Keith Richards and Brian Jones were good friends with him too,because they met him through Paul and John.He was a very good friend of Paul's.
- LucyintheSky, Philadelphia, PA
I HAD HEARD THAT THE SONG WAS WRITEN FOR HIS THEN WIFE AT THE TIME BECAUSE SHE WAS CHEATING ON HIM WITH CLAPTON. I'M GUESSING I WAS WAY OFF.
- AMANDA, CONCORD, CA
I love an acoustic version of this song
- Jetson, Fort Worth, TX
The complexity of this song is as such. George is in reference to the fact that we as a race are being misled, controlled, and away from our natural state of being. He states he doesn't know how it happened, but he sees it. He's talking about the effects of our negative ego and external influences that keep us from getting in touch with the most powerful force in the universe Love. And the "mistakes" are simply the path which we must all travel in order to grow and expand our level of awareness. Quite simply he is expressing his empathetic observation of the level conciousness most humans are in. Very insightful George and inspirational. If people would just stop to really listen. So much more is going on than most realize.
- christina, Fort Myers, FL
I love the early stuff, it's just whenever i think of their beginning i think of happy. A day in the life was realeased in their later years to me, and the first album I ever listened to them was please please me, though my favorite is perhaps sgt pepper. Im only stereotyping, and if you dont like the happy stuff, thats okay
--this contains one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. Rolling Stone can suck it because george harrison is underrated because of them
- ozzy, fresno, CA
Jill, A Day In The Life is not a early Beatles song.
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
I Think it is about George learning how to play guitar, "With every mistake we must be learning, still my guitar gentlt weeps". He sings about work to be done "floor needs sweeping" etc, but he has to practice because his guitar is weeping and learning how to play is the most important thing at the moment. To me it is a genius of a song singing about his bad playing, and playing so well to make it sound like he doesn't know how.
Just my opinion. Peace, Jeff NE PA
- jeff, northeast, PA
The Beatles were basically teenagers when they wrote their earlier stuff. As they got older their songs had more meaning because they had experienced more. The song "Misery" is about someone's girlfriend and the very teenage "everything bad always happens to me". Harrison's song, as well as many later Beatles songs, were a bit more complex than that. The earlier songs also, even though the lyrics might be a little down, were nice and upbeat... theirs more to the mood of a song than the lyrics.

One of the best Beatles songs by far. We would have seen a lot more Harrison wonders if the band had kept going. His solo stuff, to me, seems a little drowned out.
- Domenico, Wenham, MA
ozzy, you're dead wrong, if you listen to the beatles early work (i.e. please please me, beatles for sale ect.) you will find that not all beatles songs are happy (i.e. misery, a day in the life, baby's in black, i'm a loser ect.)
- jill, dumfries, VA
i have to admit, the guitar solo at the end of the original version of this song on the white album where john lennon is basically moaning over it brings tears to my eyes everytime.
- jill, dumfries, VA
this song is so deep and the guitar solo is very emotional. not only is it one of my fav beatles songs but its one of my fav songs ever. it also proves that all the beatles did was happy love and bluesy songs [and there are other songs like this too by them] and i hate it when people put stuff like pink floyd in front of them.
- ozzy, fresno, CA
"With every mistake we must surly be learning."
The song is about the state the world is in. How anyone can think it may be about masturbation is well beyond me. The three top songs George Harrison wrote in my opinion are Something, Here comes the sun, and Weeps.
- mitz, Sumter, SC
I have to say I like Georges songs best of any of the beatles, they probably arn't as mainstream but definatelythe most thoughtful. Saying Eric Clapton was a better guitarist is a pretty shakey premise. George played to the song in his recordings and often had to tone back due to Paul's insistance, from what I know Paul was a bit of a control freak which antagonized the others, of course John dd that a lot as well and was more well known for it. George was a heck of a lot more versitile than Eric on guitar than Eric by a long shot but he was more flashy. Peter Green was a MUCH better Blues guitarist inmy opinion and even BB KIng stated that Peter was " the only white boy that ever made me cry" Unfortunatly his mental illness and his reluctance both to the limelight and to comercialize his music made him decide he needed to take a break and put less pressure on himself,
Santana seems to have gotten much of his blues side from Peter and coverd Peter's "Black Magic Woman". George brought Eric into the studio because he knew this song was a good one and wasn't getting any cooperation from John and Paul whose ego's were pretty dominate in the group. Eric is a good Guitarist but far from the best by any standard except popularity and he's a bit of an imitator though he had good taste in doing it. HIs covers of JJ Cales songs, such as After Midnight and Cocaine aren't as good as the originals but more mainstream so they are more popular. His originals are pretty vanilla for the most part but I still like him. I don't know how anybody can say somebody is the best however because the best ones have different styles and its like comparing apples to oranges. Hendrix, Robert Fripp, John Mc Laughlin, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Segovia, Johnny Winter, Les Paul, etc etc etc there there are so many and they are all different, thats part of what makes them great.
- wyatt, anywhere, United States
great song
- jose, guanacaste, South America
I love George's songs! Don't we ALL?
- Krista, Elyria, OH
This has got to be my favorite Harrison song. I absolutely love the version with Clapton on the white album. The acoustic guitar version is nice, but the white album version is monumental.
- Robert, Cambridge, NY
i heard eminem used this song now tht would make a guitar weep
- Stephen, Claymont , DE
George was told by John early on, while george was still writing don't bother me, John had told him a song had to be written in a shorter time period so that you wouldn't lose focus of what your writing about. George had flipped open a book and pointed to a sentence and it read; Gently weeps, George had later on Put the words together and became one of the worlds greatest rock songs
- Peter Boyko, Edmonton, Canada
The version on the new Love CD is stupendous the Best
- Bob, Caribou, ME
Sorry about the last comment, Eric also played the solo for the album version. George Martin then put the solo through automatic double track to, as George Harrison put it, "Wobble it up a bit and make it sound Beatley"
- Ryan, Montauk, NY
First things first, not even Eric or George to his dying day knew who played the solo in the song. George Martin made Harrison and Clapton do many takes, which Clapton and Harrison switched duties soloing. The rest of the Beatles weren't even there as George stormed out on them the day before after giving them a verbal lashing (mostly to Paul).
- Ryan, Montauk, NY
This song is about how george harrison veiws the world. While my guitar gently weeps, is a metaphor how george is so sad about the world and tries to teach us threw slow sad songs
- Asa, atlanta, GA
random fact "L'Angelo Misterioso" is italian for mystierous angel. it was around the time that eric clapton was hanging out with the beatles when he started to fall in love with george harrisons wife which lead to the writing of erics signature song "Layla"
- Jeff, Sothington, CT
I don't think it's fair to say some band improved the intro if they stole it. Plus his voice isn't that irritating I think ur just a homo sorry. Maybe it would be better if you wrote it, go write me a song homo. It's a shame u can't appreciate a great song like this.
- Buzz, Towntown, MI
To Scott Baldwin, Edmonton, Canada
"Why does george say "paul,paul,paul,paul..." at the fadeout?does anyone know?"

You might know about that whole "Paul Is Dead" things. It was a rumor began in the late 60's, by some radio station DJ, that Paul McCartney had died in a car crash. Soon after the time that some thought was the date of the death of paul mccartney there was a paul mccartney look-a-like contest, where the winner was never announced. Some people say this winner was paid money to "be paul". There were some "hidden clues" in the beatles songs, one of them being this "Paul...Paul..." moaning on this song. Ofcourse (or not ofcrouse to some people, but to me...this is just my (and the majority's) opinion, but paul was not really dead. some people think it was a joke by the beatles, i think its just some outrageous people finding the smallest things and trying to make them into clues. i bet you if you get these outrageous people, they couldve made a "john is dead" rumor, with as many clues.
try googling "Paul is Dead" if you want to know more. the stuff i wrote might not be a 100% accurate, and a lot of it is my opinion.
- jun, sf, CA
This is one of the Harrisongs with the irritating high whine in the background, probably from being Beatled-up on the ADT. Something also got the same treatment, and it ruins both songs for me, although I can't deny that they are brilliant.
PS
If you like this song you should hear "Nature" by "The Fourmyula" which seems to steal (and improve the piano intro).
- Gerard, Honikiwi, New Zealand
You have got it backwards Sam. After Clapton played on this song, Harrison returned the favor by playing on Cream's song "Badge." This was on Cream's album "Goodbye" and George Harrison is listed as L'Angelo Misterioso.
- Geoff, Lake Arrowhead, CA
if you wanna see an amazing version of this song, check this out : http://www.collegehumor.com/movies/159572
- chris, milford, CT
Yeah, no kidding. Eric Clapton IS that great. And it's absolutely him playing. I heard somewhere he was credited as 'El Angelo Misterioso', for contract reasons, but I just looked in the liner notes for the White Album and can't see mention of that pseudonym anywhere. He is credited by name in the liner notes for the Beatles Anthology CD 3 though. What a brilliant song!
- Sam, Shanghai, China
Its not "Help" but the words "Ey up" that are spoken just after Bungalow Bill and preceding this song.
This is basically a greeting commonly used in Northern England meaning hello.
- Greg, Surrey, England
Adam: "The word "help" can be heard between the beginning of this song and the end of the preceeding song, "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," on The White Album." ///////////// Yes, I've noticed that. It drives me crazy! Bungalow Bill and Guitar Gently Weeps are both great songs, and I love both of them, but that dumb scream between the two songs kinda ruins both of them. I have a bunch of Beatles songs on shuffle on my computer, and whenever Bungalow Bill ends or Guitar Gently Weeps begins, you hear this dumb, pointless noise! I hate it! Does anyone else find this as annoying as heck?!
- Ian, Lethbridge, Canada
I think this may be my fave Beatles song. I am a big fan of the Lennon songs, but I think George is highly underated and this song represents, imo, his best work and the perhaps some of the best of the Beatles.
- Jeremy, Iowa City, IA
Just bought the Concert For George and I've watched bits and pieces of it (skipping around to the favorites) and I have to say it is definitely worth the price. Very well done and a great tribute to a great musician. Like Lee said, the resemblance between George and his son is scary. Very cool and I highly recommend it to and Beatles, Harrison or Clapton fan.
- Zak, Austin, TX
This song was in a peice done on the Muppet Show with that one guitar playing guy sitting on the fire escape singing and playing guitar.
- daniel, Cincinnatti, OR
I love this song, I think its great but to be honest, I perfer the cover done by Jeff Healy band. Sometimes people can really butcher a song (for instance a remix done of the immigrant song by Led mixed with KELLY CLARKSON....it should be outlawed...)but this song was really well done. I love it
- Kayla, London
i love the beatles thanks to my friend jonathan who had abeatles album
- zach, philly, KS
Hey, Beatle lovers, and George Harrison fans, (or music fans in general for that matter) I just heard and watched the tribute to George Harrison on dvd, and I am so glad that I did. I don't know what took me so long to purchase it, but I am happy that I finally broke down and got it. It was even better than I would have imagined. It was definately worth the thirty dollars, ($30.00), to say the least. Eric Clapton, Paul Mccartney, and alot of other entertainers contributed to a fantastic celebration of George Harrison's life. I have never seen so much talent all together on one stage. The people who performed Harrison's songs, did them justice. I think my favorite was "Here comes the sun." Paul Mccartney played his ukelele (can't spell that word) to "Something" It was great to see Paul and Ringo together again, and George's son looks so much like his father. It is uncanny! You could swear that was George standing there. It almost looked like three of the Beatles had reunited. He is right there with the others, playing his guitar, and joining in on all the songs. There was a great deal of Eastern musical influence, at the beginning of the dvd, and then all of George's songs after that. I recommend that you do not fast forward through this music. I am not a big fan of the sitar, or the sound of that music, but even I was impressed with that sound at the beginning. It was foreign music, but maybe that is what made it so intriguing. The lady playing the sitar, in the beginning is extremely talented. (She was the "Eric Clapton" of the sitar, so to speak.) Of course, being a Beatle fan, I enjoyed George's songs alot more. The people who performed his songs most certainly did them justice. (or did i say that already?)The number of Harrison fans in attendance did not surprise me in the slightest. I would have expected that many, but none the less their presence, and enthusiasm contributed to the celebration of Harrison's life. My two favorite performers were Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. No one has ever seen either of those guys do a so so performance! They always steal the show. The dvd is well worth the cost of admittion. (and that is an understatement) If you were a fan of George Harrison's, and if you like Paul Mccartney and Eric Clapton, you are in for one heck of a show. It is an experience you will not soon forget. It runs about two hours and twenty minutes, and the time goes by far too fast as far as I am concerned. If you are planning on staying home for New Years Eve,(like i am ), this dvd would be the perfect way to spend an enjoyable evening at home. (Be smart this year, spend the holiday with your family,and let the drunk drivers risk their own lives, and not yours!)I guarantee you that you will watch this dvd again and again. It is the kind of performance that will make you want to. With a good sound machine it will knock your socks off. I am very sincere, and not prone to endorse things, but this time I just had to make an exception. enjoy! I know you will. If anyone does purchase this, please let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did. I am sure you will have. I will be watching it again on New Years Eve too. I guarantee neither you or I will be disapointed ( or hung over )in any way. Peace,
- lee, clearwater, FL
I almost like this song on the Anthology 3 CD better.
- Guitar, Nashville, TN
Clapton is the only one who could have played the solo on the original, but just listen to his solo on the Concert For George.

It is stunning and full of Claptons grief for his dear friend. All the musicians on stage know this and you can see it in their reaction at the end. Absolutely beautiful and a fitting memorial for George.

Patrick
England
- Patrick, Hull, England
The first line says it all
"I look at you all see the love there that?s sleeping". Yes, the Beatles were a family and even thought they loved and still do love each other all they did was argue at the time. I think George would have wanted it like is was when they were friends and could enjoy each others company.
- Tom, New York, NY
The word "help" can be heard between the beginning of this song and the end of the preceeding song, "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," on The White Album.
- Adam, Bloomington, IN
Lennon had for years considered replacing George with Eric. Lennon thought, for the most part, George's guitar playing was suspect.
- Gary, Seattle, WA
Definetly George's best. Hey George from poopville, Clapton is that great.
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
Maybe John and Paul didn't like it because they seemed to be in the funny/nasty/morbid song writing style; more serious of a song. Either that or the power struggle between John and Paul. Big egos at that time.
- Devin, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Dude, Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Behind only Hendrix and Page, in my book.
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
Great Great Beatles song. But Clapton isnt that great.
- George, poopville, IA
John from India, you're confused with Happiness Is A Warm Gun. That's the masturbation song. You could read the lyrics to check but the title pretty much says it.
- marcus, bristol, England
this is the type of song that makes everyone bust out their air guitar, it just has a great sound and very strong.
- adam, rochester, NY
So then they'd be the fab five? lol. I Like it
- Laura, Santa Fe, NM
I love George, but how cool would Clapton in The Beatles be?
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
Great song! George rocked.
- Laura, Santa Fe, NM
claptons name isnt on the credits because there was a contract dispute or the like and he wasnt permitted to appear on other albums at the time. he supposedly used an alias
- Jim, Toledo, OH
Paul Macartney and Eric Clapton played this together at the Queen's birthday concert in 2005, as well as All You Need is Love
- Clare, Hmilton, Canada
compliments to eric clapton,i really love the solo.and the best part is-no gadget.
- vischal, JOHOR, MA
Exactly, Charlie. Why else would George bring Clapton in? Noone can play the guitar like Eric Clapton. This is definately george's best song and it was really classy of him to bring in someone to change the atmosphere.
- Zack, Hinesburg, VT
Robb,

Of course George could have played the solo, hundreds of guitarists could have played it, but only one person could have played it like Clapton!
- Charlie, London, England
I was looking at my copy of the White Album the other day to see if there was any mention of Clapton playing on the recording of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I was a bit surprised to see his name wasn't found anywhere. Isn't that unusual? Either way, it's a great song. One of my favorites.
- Zak, Austin, TX
hey, john from india, you should be ashamed to even begin to think that this classic is about masturbation. why would anyone ever think that about a song that is clearly about love and life. grow up!
- jackie, chicago, IL
Let's rate george's songs:
1 long long long
2 something
3 while my guitar gently weeps
4 i me mine
5 here comes the sun

Furthermore, These 5 songs, are the best beatles ever recorded.
- dino, athens, Greece
sargey@hotmail.com, for liliana
- Sarge, Streamwood, IL
Liliana I'm 22 and I love this song. You live by me too awesome!
- Sarge, Streamwood, IL
I notice that Andy from Rochester NY hasn't written back yet to defend himself. Is he looking for Marty McFly and Doc to let him use the time machine and go back in time, find Clapton, tie him up and then find Taj Mahal and bring HIM to the studio...get real...the solo is CLASSIC Clapton.
- Christopher, Greenfield Center, NY
Its Funny John and Paul weren't into the song so much. And It is one of the most popular song On The White Album.
- Ryab, Lackawanna, NY
meaning music is meant to be heard
- Jude, Los Angeles, CA
JOHN, ok one, the song is all about love basically not penis George Harrison was too real about all that crap he did love sex but wouldn't write in the song.. also two look over the lyrics again and again you'll see what i am talking about it's about love and life passing every second while their is a little sound from this instrument known as a guitar weeping because it's meant to be heard.
- Jude, Los Angeles, CA
A friend pointed out to me that he thought this song was about masturbation, where "guitar" refers to the penis. I don't know, but it makes sense when you read the lyrics.
- john, indus valley, India
I love this song so much! I grew up listening to it in the classic rock stations here in los angeles and it's my favorite beatles song of all time plus George is my favorite
- Jude, Los Angeles, CA
That's interesting, Andy. What is your source? George Harrison is quoted as telling about how he brought Eric Clapton in, so I'd be interested in knowing why he said that if it wasn't true.
- Simon, Liverpool, England
Actually, Clapton doesn't play the quitar solo, Taj Mahal does. I heard this from the owner of Whirlwind Audio. He made a guitar effect box and gave it to Taj Mahal at a Rochester concert at the Red Creek. Taj liked it so much that he took it to England where the Beatles and Rolling Stones loved it. His company, MXR?, went from zero to million dollar company because of the big artists. Taj Mahal,it was reveal much later, played guitar solo. Big artists of the time never revealed stand-in musicians because they had to keep up a reputation. Makes sense to me.
- Andy, Rochester, NY
There was also an acoustic demo recorded in the Esher Sessions, which is also quite nice, but slightly off-key. You can hear it on Anthology 3.
- John Doe, Anytown, AL
As for the climate being better when Clapton was in the studio, I read where John Lennon said that like a family they were better behaved when they had "company".George Harrison was so great.
- David, Waco, TX
Why he says "Paul, Paul, Paul"?... Such imagination! He doesn't say it, what he says in the end is just "Oh... Oh... Oh..." and then "Yeah.... Yeah... Yeah..."!
- João, São Paulo, Brazil
really? well, I bet they didn't even come close to the way george played it. i think it's his best song, i luv it. any other teens here?
- Liliana, Huntley, IL
This was covered by the metal band Spineshank.
- James, Wellington, New Zealand
Why does george say "paul,paul,paul,paul..." at the fadeout?does anyone know?
- Scott Baldwin, Edmonton, Canada
Um, the grey album was made by DJ dangermouse. He stole samples from this song and overlayed it onto the jay-z song. It was a great song, in my opinion. a shame that the music industry is only bout money, and not the sound...
- Chas, Webster, NY
Prince claims in a recent issue of Rolling Stone that he hadn't even heard this song until it was sent to him shortly before the Hall of Fame induction. I find that very hard to believe. Everyone's heard this song.
- Kyle, Madison, AL
of course, this has now been turned into the first "single" (ok, it's the one I heard on the radio) from the Grey Album. I guess Jay-Z is an improvement over Eminem... but it's still just screwing around with perfection.

Oh, and I'd have figured bringing Clapton in would have made the climate within the band much worse, not better...
- Nick, San Francisco, CA
hahahaha eminem used this song for his own music? hahaha, that would really make a guitar weep! what a great song... ironically, before i liked to listen to this song because it has been a special meaning to me, of how all guitars should weep with the crap floating around today in the radiowaves
- Ian, San Marino, CA
Prince played an incredible version of the guitar solo at the 2004 induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Prince showed not only his virtuosity on the guitar, but also a deep respect for Farrison and Clapton - imo.
Tim, Charlotte NC
- Tim, Charlotte, NC
To have any part of this song a part of anything that Eminem does should be considered a classic rock sin!!
- Carroll, Toms River, NJ
This is in my opinion the best song on the enritre White Album LP. I really believe that George could have played this solo easily, as it is not to difficult.
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
Magical song...I really love the intro
- Geoff, Adelaide, Australia
A beautiful song, probably George's best.
- Kay, Wakefield, MA
A variation of this song's melody was used by Eminem in Hailie's Song.
- Marvin, East Brady, PA
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