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Song Released: 1965

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I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
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...


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    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).


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    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).


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    Feb 16th, 2015 2:13pm report

    Yes this is about one of John's affairs all this about cheap wood is BS. The title of this song is simply a play on words to get the song published and played on the radio. The song's true lyrics are "knowing she would" Isn't it good knowing she would.


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    Feb 12th, 2015 2:03am report

    John was working on a song, the working title being knowing she would when he played it to the band ringo misheard knowing she would as norwegian wood. John very much liked this and changed the song to norwegian wood.


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    Nov 25th, 2014 11:14pm report

    Christ everyone. There are articles and interviews from John and Paul explaining the lyrics. The song's about John's affairs, and basically he goes to have a one night stand with a woman. The woman has a flat, decorated in Norwegian wood. After sex, she tells him to sleep in the bathroom, and out of revenge, he burns the place down. Done.


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    Sep 10th, 2014 9:22am report

    Wow guys really. It really is not some deep thing that guys put all this hidden meaning in. And this is the truly important part... Norweigan Wood DOES NOT mean smoking weed. Seriously. It is not some european thing or some Bob Dylan tripe. All the song is is a dark joke. She led him on and laughed about it, soooooo he set her flat on fire. Really thats all it is. Read Pauls biography, you great big know it all fans.


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    Apr 1st, 2014 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

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    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!


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    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.


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    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.


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    Aug 14th, 2012 8:47am report

    It is about smoking pot with a girl. Norwegian wood is a slang term for pot in Europe.


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    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!!


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    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.

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