The Beatles — Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Album: Rubber Soul
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Released: 1965
Length: 2:01
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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 time, drinking her wine
We talked until two
And then she said, "It's time for bed"

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

And when I awoke
I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit a fire
Isn't it good, Norwegian wood?
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{#Eek} 9 votes of 1 {#Stupid} I don't understand the Trump Presidency either.
 bindi wrote:
such a relief after Oasis.  These guys were original.

 
You know, you're still right 3+ years on. This followed Oasis's "To Be Where There's Life" and it was sweet relief.  
Hey, these guys sound pretty ok.  They do anything else?
how good is this song?

how good is this whole album?

man - i really really wish they'd done about 3 or 4 or 5 or 10 more albums....   
Thank you.

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
The Oasis remedy, Thanks, Bill
wow
 fredriley wrote:
I don't know about Norwegian wood (is that when Lars gets a stiffie?), so instead here's a nice picture of a Norwegian Blue parrot. And now, thou shalt repeat the sacred Dead Parrot Sketch...

Photo of Norwegian Blue parrot

 
Listening intently, I see. Must be something in dem-ise.
 fredriley wrote:
I don't know about Norwegian wood (is that when Lars gets a stiffie?), so instead here's a nice picture of a Norwegian Blue parrot. And now, thou shalt repeat the sacred Dead Parrot Sketch...

Photo of Norwegian Blue parrot

 
Beautiful plumage!
 fredriley wrote:
I don't know about Norwegian wood (is that when Lars gets a stiffie?), so instead here's a nice picture of a Norwegian Blue parrot. And now, thou shalt repeat the sacred Dead Parrot Sketch...

 
{#Clap}



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 


I'll dance to this...

 
 dmax wrote:


Well, three of them are dead.


 



Ya know, I'll never forget my middle school music teacher who taught us about the "Paul is Dead" hoax. We watched a documentary on the Beatles and would play certain songs backwords to listen for hidden "satanic" messages or clues to the hoax. If she tried to do that in a school today she'd be fired but, that woman taught us more about what it meant to be a fan of music and that you could have fun with it and still take it seriously at the same time.
 SweTex wrote:
Would love to see these guys live. Does anyone know if they're touring?
 
{#Clap}

Oh Jeez, I've heard it all now. Is there, or what is the hidden meaning of "Norwegian Wood"? Does it mean:

A) Retaliation for not putting out?
B) Larz gets a stiffy?
C) A chair (that he burns)?
D) A house (that he burns down)?
E) Marijuana?
F) A type of rat?

Nope. None of the above. Art_Carnage (I think) got it right a while back. "Norwegian Wood" is a phonetic play on words to disguise the lyrics "Knowing she would", which coincidentally is exactly what the song is about. There is nothing vindictive or devious about the lyrics. It is about the wonderful feeling of someone intimately opening up (possibly) their heart and their personal life to you, albeit for a short time, without actually getting "to know" her, and your loneliness and longing afterwords. The best composers take a complicated subject and make it simple (rather than the other way around), and that is what the Beatles achieved in "Norwegian Wood". A very well written and felt song.



absolutely awesome...  love it...

 
I don't know about Norwegian wood (is that when Lars gets a stiffie?), so instead here's a nice picture of a Norwegian Blue parrot. And now, thou shalt repeat the sacred Dead Parrot Sketch...

Photo of Norwegian Blue parrot

Lovely.
 dmax wrote:


Well, three of them are dead.


 
{#Rolleyes}  Proven to be a hoax.  Just another Beatles "gotcha."
 dmax wrote:


Click the link. It explains it all.
 

So the guy who we all think is Paul, really isn't Paul. HHHMMMM..... Interesting.  Next thing you know, someone is going to tell me that JFK's assassination is suspiscious too!! 
 chadlymn wrote:


When did that happen?  I just saw Ringo a couple of months ago.  OMG.....did Paul die?
 

Click the link. It explains it all.
 dmax wrote:


Well, three of them are dead.
 

When did that happen?     {#Think}

I just saw Ringo a couple of months ago.  OMG.....did Paul die?

 SweTex wrote:
Would love to see these guys live. Does anyone know if they're touring?
 
Hey-yo!

 SweTex wrote:
Would love to see these guys live. Does anyone know if they're touring?
 

Well, three of them are dead.


Would love to see these guys live. Does anyone know if they're touring?
Great song from a great album.
 jeremysaxon wrote:
Well, doesn't it seem unlikely that anyone would do something that stupid to something as precious as a Beatles recording? I think what you're hearing is the ORIGINAL stereo mix. Remember, there were no headphones in 1966-67, and no car stereos. A stereo system, generally speaking, was a record player with fixed speakers, that were a maximum of 48 inches or so apart - often much closer. Putting the vocals entirely to one side was a way of adding more dimension to the sound; but since no one tended to listen from a position directly between the speakers, it didn't sound as ridiculous as it does these days, either on headphones or when one speaker goes out. It's true of a lot of Beatles recordings, by the way, not only this one. They were very very groundbreaking people, and this is one of the few examples where their being ahead of their time wound up having an annoying side-effect.
 
Actually, there were car stereos in 1967. I had a Craig 4-track in my 1960 lime green Nash Rambler station wagon. And I had Rubber Soul—all the Beatles and Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Country Joe, Youngbloods, and Cream I could lay my hands on. Oh, the car was a bomb, but it ran—fast, too, a straight six with balls...and, well, use your imagination around teenage boys and station wagons. We fixed the tears in the upholstery with random bits of paisley print cloth.

Just magical.
originally Lennon's lyrics ended in "...I knew she would", though they settled it wasn't tongue-in-cheek. And glad they did - the melody has a folksy, from the woods so to say, feeling.

such a relief after Oasis.  These guys were original.


Cool set tonight...  this song is as good as it gets...  love it...


one of their better songs?

cayenne wrote:
When I was closing on my house, the previous owner told us we had rats in the attic. She said they were Norwegian Wood Rats.
Probably garbled the words Norwegian Wharf Rats. Rats'l make you do that.


When I was closing on my house, the previous owner told us we had rats in the attic. She said they were Norwegian Wood Rats.


hey bill - great group - couldja play more of them?
 jeremysaxon wrote:
...Funny, though, hearing "Isn't it good, Norwegian Wood," I always thought of marijuana. The hallowed names of high-potency weed back then were Acapulco Gold and Panama Red, and it seemed to me the Beatles had invented their own name, an imaginary strain from Norway. "I lit a fire..." was the singer lighting up in the morning, probably the first mention of 'wake and bake' on record.
 
Actually, my understanding is that "I lit a fire" refers to the fact that he burned her house down upon waking in the morning in retaliation for not putting out the night before.  McCartney's claimed this to be the case, if I recall correctly...

 jeremysaxon wrote:
Well, doesn't it seem unlikely that anyone would do something that stupid to something as precious as a Beatles recording? I think what you're hearing is the ORIGINAL stereo mix. Remember, there were no headphones in 1966-67, and no car stereos. A stereo system, generally speaking, was a record player with fixed speakers, that were a maximum of 48 inches or so apart - often much closer. Putting the vocals entirely to one side was a way of adding more dimension to the sound; but since no one tended to listen from a position directly between the speakers, it didn't sound as ridiculous as it does these days, either on headphones or when one speaker goes out. It's true of a lot of Beatles recordings, by the way, not only this one. They were very very groundbreaking people, and this is one of the few examples where their being ahead of their time wound up having an annoying side-effect.
 
There were headphones in the 1960's and well before - as far back as the 1920's: what do you think they used in recording studios?  Headphones may not have been as popular or affordable back then, but they were around.  I'm not sure where you were that you would not have seen them.  I think part of the separation problem in stereo recordings back then was that most mixing boards did not yet have a "pan" control for variable distribution of an audio track to one side or another.  It was frequently a 3-position switch, with a choice of discrete right, left, or center.


I prefer the Cornershop version. Kidding, kidding - although the Cornershop cover has merit.

'nuf sed


What a truly great song...  so unique to this day...  love that sitar...  brilliant lyrics...  and one of John Lennon's unforgettable melodies...


Man these guys were fab
Hmmm, that photo was also used to replace the infamous "butcher block" cover for Yesterday and Today:

      http://history2.absoluteelsewhere.net/June/June%20Graphics/yesterday_and_todayLP.jpg

 a_genuine_find wrote:

 

{#Cheesygrin}
One of my favourite cuts off an outstanding album.

 jeremysaxon wrote:


Well, doesn't it seem unlikely that anyone would do something that stupid to something as precious as a Beatles recording? I think what you're hearing is the ORIGINAL stereo mix. Remember, there were no headphones in 1966-67, and no car stereos. A stereo system, generally speaking, was a record player with fixed speakers, that were a maximum of 48 inches or so apart - often much closer. Putting the vocals entirely to one side was a way of adding more dimension to the sound; but since no one tended to listen from a position directly between the speakers, it didn't sound as ridiculous as it does these days, either on headphones or when one speaker goes out.

It's true of a lot of Beatles recordings, by the way, not only this one. They were very very groundbreaking people, and this is one of the few examples where their being ahead of their time wound up having an annoying side-effect.
 

Thanks for sharing this info, I have always wondered about why certain Beatles songs did that!



This is a fantastic song...  love it...


jeremysaxon wrote:
Well, doesn't it seem unlikely that anyone would do something that stupid to something as precious as a Beatles recording? I think what you're hearing is the ORIGINAL stereo mix. Remember, there were no headphones in 1966-67, and no car stereos. A stereo system, generally speaking, was a record player with fixed speakers, that were a maximum of 48 inches or so apart - often much closer. Putting the vocals entirely to one side was a way of adding more dimension to the sound; but since no one tended to listen from a position directly between the speakers, it didn't sound as ridiculous as it does these days, either on headphones or when one speaker goes out. It's true of a lot of Beatles recordings, by the way, not only this one. They were very very groundbreaking people, and this is one of the few examples where their being ahead of their time wound up having an annoying side-effect.
Haha, that's definitely true. My friend uses his mp3 player with a tape adapter and the adapter is screwed up and only plays one channel of stereo so when we go snowboarding and he drives we're either always hearing the Beatles singing acappella or an instrumental.
Art_Carnage wrote:
I had always heard that the words "Norwegian wood" were a vocal pun on "knowing she would". Substitute one for the other, and the song suddenly makes sense.
Also re: From: martin Date: Aug 24,2001 ...I've always wondered about the last line of it...does it mean that he burned her chair? "...I lit a fire, isn't it good, Norwegian wood." What I've heard is that the record company wouldn't allow "Knowing she would", which referred to the singer's knowledge that the girl would have sex with him. Too risque. The Beatles said okay, and substituted what became the title line. Funny, though, hearing "Isn't it good, Norwegian Wood," I always thought of marijuana. The hallowed names of high-potency weed back then were Acapulco Gold and Panama Red, and it seemed to me the Beatles had invented their own name, an imaginary strain from Norway. "I lit a fire..." was the singer lighting up in the morning, probably the first mention of 'wake and bake' on record.