Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Meaning
Song Released: 1968
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Lyrics
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don't know how someone...
Having been in a band and been through the same experience (albiet to an obviously lesser degree of social significance, lol) it's obvious to me, especially when reading his fuller length demo, that it's how George felt being a part of something so important, so meaningful, so huge, and so personal, and then watching it crumble to pieces around him. Watching egos clash with arguements painful to hear, watching what was once a profound embodiment of young love and joy be reduced to dust by fear and loathing and jealousy and self-importance and pettiness, frustration and anger. An inside look at the most important band ever known falling apart. Must have been hell for a man so emersed in spiritual peace. Ironic as well when you consider how the two guys writing and singing about love, demonstrating and declaring and advocating peace, couldn't stay together. I can see Ringo and Gearge drifting off to get stoned and vent their frustrations about Paul & John's bullshit. Anyway, the damn song makes me cry like a baby because I've sorta been there. In my case it happened just as we were getting signed, right on the cusp of "making it" in the 80's rock scene, so it's particularly frustrating and sad.
anonymous Jun 11th, 2009 6:29pm report
okay so i think this song is definitelly refleted upon how george feels at ther time. He is probably upset that the band is falling apart and everything is happening and even though he is sad it doesnt matter the world keeps on turning and he can't do anything about it
anonymous Aug 4th, 2016 8:29am report
I took it as a song of people not one person and that it could relate to slavery because of the second and third verses. but then I found out that the group was breaking up so I guess its a love song about the group and their flaws.
anonymous Jan 19th, 2015 1:17pm report
George was reading something that said that whatever happens is supposed to happen and there areno coincedences. So George pulled out a random book from his mother's bookcase and opened a random page and randomly pointed out "gently weeps". I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping. The Beatles are the floor. They started off well, but as the time passed, they started to drift apart and eventually broke up. If the floor needs sweeping, then stuff happened and started breaking things up, and no one bothers to sweep it. No one bothers to try and patch it up. I look at the world and I notice it's turning means that time passes quickly and, again no one bothers to patch things up and the world just turns and time just goes on.
anonymous Jan 6th, 2013 1:49pm report
While my guitar gentley weeps is a metaphor. The guitar is his heart. And it weeps,because even though people are awake they are not enlightened. So I look at you all (not being in the moment) which in eastern religions cause pain, stress, sad ect.. We cause are own suffering by not being in the NOW . In western religion GOD says you hold the keys to the kingdom. A child understands this more then an adult,because children are in the moment no stress!!! the keys to the kingdom means be in the NOW and you will have peace of mind!! Dont let your guitar weep...
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2012 3:26pm report
I don't think this song has anything to do with George's feelings about the Beatles.
I'm pretty sure he was well into learning about Buddhism at this point. Here's my take:
This song is a metaphor to express his feelings about existentialism. His guitar is the only tool he has to fight the oligarchy he saw. And yet that tool wasn't enough. He's speaking of humanity and the powers that control the average person. But he alludes to the general nature of man to be kind. The love that's sleeping. He's speaking about all the goodness that we collectively have. At the same time, he realizes the forces that control us.
This is a very moving song at first blush. But after closer examination, it's insightful and heartbreaking at the same time.
anonymous Aug 4th, 2011 8:48pm report
The music was so beautiful, and the sadness of the inevitable break-up makes his guitar weep. So sad, so out of control.
anonymous Apr 7th, 2011 4:20pm report
I always thought it was about a prostitute.
anonymous Jan 5th, 2011 1:57pm report
I think that it is George's perspective when there is disaggreements. It seems to me that during mch of the song it is coming from a bystander or in this case George, durig that time he wishes to play because he knows the potential.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2010 7:55pm report
i think it IS about john and paul becoming further and further apart.when he says in the first verse "i look at you all see the love thats sleeping,i look at the floor and i see it needs sweeping."meens they are arguing and its gone soooo long he drifts off and looks at the floorand is just so annoyed
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