Beatles: Norwegian Wood Meaning
Song Released: 1965
Norwegian Wood Lyrics
She showed me her room, isn’t it good, norwegian wood?
She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere,
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair.
I sat on a rug, biding my...
anonymous Apr 8th, 2006 4:04pm report
This song as said by John (and Paul) was about one of John's many affairs. He meets a girl, goes home with her, drinks a bit, sleep together. In the morning she's gone because she got what she wanted from him. He said he always felt like shit because of what he was doing. Norwegian wood has absoltely nothing to do with Norway - it is referring to the cheap wood used to make furiture (that plywood material is according to Paul called Norwedgian Wood to make it sound better). John angry that he is being used decides to burn down the shitty apartment (he never really did burn them down but he wanted too, he's taken a bit of artistic liberty).
anonymous Mar 21st, 2008 3:31am report
Alright so if you watch any of The Beatles Anthology, John talks about this song in it... The working title for this song was "Knowing She Would." However, the title/song was to promiscuous for the censors at the time. Knowing Brian Epstein (The Beatles manager) would put up an fight and ultimately cost the band money or air-time, John simply changed the title to "Norwegian Wood," because it fit the syllables. The term "Norwegian Wood" comes from the bands knick-name for marijuana. The story, according to John, is that the four of them were in Buckingham Palace getting ready for a ceremony with the Queen, when they snuck into the bathroom to smoke some pot and came up with the phrase. Ever since then, the name "Norwegian Wood" has been the 'code word' for John(rip), Paul, George(rip) and Ringo. He added the last line so people might possibly pick up on the clever well placed hint. He was surprised when he noticed no one really ever did (until he told the world).
anonymous Dec 6th, 2008 12:27am report
The remaining Beatles are probably laughing something rotten about all this. Many of their lyrics were merely whimsy, cobbled together, changed in a moment, words put in because \"they sounded good\", that sound being more important than meaning. It\'s not much use getting all heavy and artistically sensitive about it - you will never know and neither shall I.
anonymous Apr 1st, 4:09am report
I believe this song is about religion. He talks about being seduced by a woman (Christianity)"She once had me" Norwegian Wood, I believe was a symbolism of the false goodness Lennon believed religion presented.
She asked me to stay
And she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around
And I noticed there wasn't a chair
could symbolize a person following religion, looking for "in life" blessings that are given just by praying to the skies.
I sat on a rug biding my time
Drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said
"It's time for bed"
He humbly went though life following the gospels "drinking the Kool-Aid" of religion and biding his time; coasting through life and living by man made fables instead of truly being free and LIVING life without man mad restrictions.
She told me she worked
In the morning and started to laugh
I told her I didn't
And crawled off to sleep in the bath
After you're dead and gone, religions will still be here. Once you die is when you realize if what you followed as a religion was true or false. If you were wrong, the only place you end up at is dying, or crawling off to "sleep" in the bathtub\coffin...
And when I awoke I was alone
This bird had flown
So I lit a fire
Isn't it good Norwegian wood?
And if the faithful are wrong, they realize that there is no afterlife. The "wake up" in a pine box or "Norwegian Wood" realizing that life had flown by. Never to do over; and they wasted it believing in something that laughed in their faces the whole time
anonymous Aug 1st, 2013 8:14pm report
I love reading everyone hammering away on what this lyric means or that lyric.. The truth is that they mean what you want them to. If you had ever read ANYTHING about how Lennon and McCartney wrote song, they were written in a flash. They would get together and have a song a an hour! Do you REALLY think that they spent all this time hiding secret meanings in their songs!
anonymous Apr 18th, 2013 4:52pm report
I was just thinking about the lyrics, and I'm sure that this song was before Yoko, but the song mentions that there aren't any chairs in the room, and sitting on the floor, it sounds really Japanese.
anonymous Mar 8th, 2013 3:32pm report
In response to werewolf4797's question about why John Lennon would "sleep in the bath", perhaps John wanted to get out of the way of the prostitute's next customer. In other words, John has already established that there were no chairs in the apartment--only a bed. John didn't want to sleep in the bed with a prostitute and her "John", so he moved to the bathroom to sleep--perhaps in the bathtub itself.
anonymous Aug 14th, 2012 8:47am report
It is about smoking pot with a girl. Norwegian wood is a slang term for pot in Europe.
anonymous Jul 28th, 2012 7:37am report
The basic meaning behind this song is obvious..Lennon said himself that he wanted to write a song about his many affairs so he put it in one song..what is ridiculous is this fabrication that the words "Norwegian Wood" means "knew she would".Total BS. Lennon NEVER said that..and I am 48 and one of the biggest Beatle freaks ever..nice try, kids! Norwegian Wood is just two words used as IRONY (look up the word if you do not get it , kids!)Simple...the girl takes him to her place..she makes small talk saying "isn't my apt. nice..walls are made of Norwegian Wood.."..they have sex, she has to go to work-he does not-he is a freakin' rock star..no daytime hours!..so he "lights a fire"..a joint--Lennon was just turned on to weed by Bob Dylan months before..and he CONDENCENDENLY utters "isn't it good..Norwegian Wood". Yer Welcome, Kids! Anyone of yooze got an English degree and not a Computer Useless Engineering-I-Cant-Even-Interpret-The-Simplest-Of-Stories!!
anonymous May 11th, 2012 5:03pm report
come on people!! look at the country
of norway on a map right next to
England. john was using a hidden
sexual meaning. norwegian wood =
a hard erect penis.
anonymous Feb 28th, 2012 2:57pm report
call me an optimist but your all filthy.
every theory has holes except this:
guy meets a girl, gets a bit obsessed, she likes him, go's to her place, they get a bit drunk, shes like DENIED, he's like fine ill go sleep in the bath, he wakes up, shes gone, he lights a fire IN THE HEARTH (he said he was cold), and waits for her. cause he likes her, and she likes him, and for gosh sakes they talked till two she was no whore, come on people stop reading between the lines if you cant read the line itself
anonymous Nov 13th, 2011 11:10pm report
This song is, in fact, about one of John Lennon's many affairs. But he said that he was trying to emphasize the point that he *didn't* sleep with the girl.
"I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me." This line, I believe, is saying that she cared more about the relationship than he did.
"She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood." This line is saying that he did go home with her.
"She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere. So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair." This line tells that she wasn't making not sleeping with her easy for him.
"I sat on the rug, biding my time, drinking her wine." He didn't sleep with her. He was stalling and distracting.
"We talked until two, and then she said, 'It's time for bed.'" She wasn't planning on letting him put it off any longer.
"She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. I told her I didn't and crawled up to sleep in the bath." He, once again, found a way *not* to sleep with her.
"And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown." She was tired of him putting this part of their relationship off, so she leaves him.
"So, I lit a fire, isn't it good, Norwegian wood." He is perfectly fine with the fact that they're not together anymore and he wants to put it out of his mind.
He wrote this song because he wanted to write a song about an affair, but he wanted his wife to know that he hadn't been *completely* unfaithful to her.
That's my interpretation.
anonymous May 31st, 2011 5:05am report
This song is a song about hippie love, as some1 previusely said. its not a prostetute,but a girl he mes somewhere. They sit on the floor like some steryotype hippies and have a good time. then its late and they got to bed. there they do whatever they wanted too, and John went to sleep in the bath so she wouldent wake him up when she went to work.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2011 4:58pm report
The song is about a guy who goes to a chicks flat in hopes of a 1 night stand. She plays head games with him and leaves in the morning, so he decides to take some of her furnature made of wood from Norway and build a fire to keep warm in the shanty flat. Lennon likes to write songs that have negativity in them. He was the original punk rocker, ahead of his time.
anonymous Feb 9th, 2011 2:19pm report
Yes, this song was about having an affair, with a reporter. She's playing hard to get, hence: "She told me she worked in the mourning and started to laugh, I told her I didn't and I crawled out to sleep in the bath". Then when he woke up and she was gone he "burned some Norwegian wood". Meaning in my opinion, Norwegian wood is a pun for "smoking Weed". Hence:"Isn't it good, Norwegian Wood". That's just my opinion. Of course only John Lennon knows.
anonymous Oct 5th, 2010 10:35am report
I mostly agree with May 22, 2008 anonymous, but you left out a few details. I think the writer knew exactly whom he was dealing with. He begins by explaining that the girl got a lot more than he did that night (she [once] had me). We, the listener, later discover that in spite of his drunkenness, he pleased his date, and then in his plastered state, “crawls out to sleep in the bath” He’s so drunk, he crawls to the tub where he can pass out and still have a place to throw up. So anyway, after a night of fun, and lots of drinking at the local club, the girl/prostitute invites him back to “her room” – the flat where she takes all of her “johns” (no pun). There is no furniture, just a bed. Fine with him - isn’t it good “Knowing She Would” have sex with him throughout the night of partying, and now it’s confirmed – only a bed. So she tells him sit anywhere or “make yourself at home” so he does just that. The writer takes no time in beginning his lovemaking – first having oral sex with her (she having him or he doing her). I would not put it pass John to cleverly refer to the girl’s pubic hair as “her rug”. “Biting my time, drinking her wine’ leaves little to the imagination. Eric Burton of the Animals and later WAR, sang similarly in the song “Spill the Wine” and sang “take that pearl” and “dig that pearl”, with the same play on words – the pearl obviously the clitoris. We “talked” until 2 (am) meant it was a long session of mutual pleasure, taking his time down there and finally, she wanted intercourse (it’s time for bed). She then hastily stated that even a hooker has to work in the morning, so they should hurry, do it and get some rest – occurring to her that she just had a satisfying workout – the whole notion funny to her, and she laughed. The writer appears to have had enough for the moment and crawls to the tub to throw up. After sleeping in the bathroom all night, he realizes that it is morning and the girl has left, probably hours ago and is already doing her thing. So, he lights up a joint, reminisces about his evening; enjoying his smoke and before leaving himself, thinking – I didn’t get laid, instead she had me but, isn’t it good “Knowing She Would”.
anonymous Jul 28th, 2010 7:17am report
Guese what, John was ACTUALLY Imitating Bob Dylan Songs! I'm sorry BUT IT'S TRUE!
Do you think there could be the possibility that this girl never actually existed? Just a figment of his imagination (or drug inspired)?
'And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown."
The whole song has an unreal feel about it. Like the man is in an altered state of consciousness.
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