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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
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22 January 2013

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In my head they never get it on. Looking at the lyrics i would say she was keen at the beginning, inviting him back to her room. They spent time talking before she made the move, he and/or she was nervous and needed a drink or two, until she made the big move of saying "its two o'clock its now or never and i need to get up in the morning". He backs out and slinks off to sleep in the bath (maybe he had nowhere else to go since it was an affair). In the morning the girl has gone and in the singers frustration he burns the place down.

I know that Paul came up with the setting the place on fire line but considering No Reply, You Cant Do That, Run For Your Life and a few others this fits in to my theory of a mad nutter who you dont piss off EVER. For it not happening that night the outcome is torching the place, regardless of the details its what you get for a fruitless evening. This would be normal for a guy who stalks an ex who ditched him, befriends and dates her sister, drives her into an insane and paranoia ravaged being, and boils her pet rabbit.


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22 January 2013
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This came up in another post a while ago.

I disagreed with the "Pauline" exegesis:

Another commenter, Ben Ramon, agreed with me:

And I added another afterthought:



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23 January 2013
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Note that the song doesn't state whether the guy was told to sleep in the tub or he volunteered. I would think if she liked the guy, she'd let him sleep somewhere comfortable.

The lyrics imply -- in I think a clever subtle way -- that her "pad" was so spartan she literally didn't have a place for him to sleep ("I noticed there wasn't a chair") -- and given the newness of their relationship (and apparently the chemistry wasn't quite clicking enough for her -- you know how "women are", got to have everything right, lol), she wasn't ready to have him sleep with her.  To me, the detail about sleeping in the bath nicely conveys that he was holding out hope; but who knows, maybe it was also a matter of him being tired (it was 2:00 am at that point) and he didn't feel like the long drive home (or maybe they hadn't come there by car at all, and he'd have to take a bus home or walk, and maybe he lived too far to make that a comfortable prospect).

I mean, there are all sorts of subtle circumstances that occur in real life that don't need to be stipulated in a poem or song that can just be implied.  The sleeping in the bath (and leaving out the "torching the place" angle) to me simultaneously conveys disappointment, and a lingering of hope.  So while she's at work, he lingers at her place, makes a fire in the fireplace, and broods.  Maybe he'll stay long enough to wait for her to return home again.  After all, she let him stay in her apartment alone while she went off; maybe they can try what sputtered the first time around, and things will... *rekindle*...

To me, this is a much more satisfying scenario -- and truer to the spirit of the mood of the song -- than the "torching" ending, which strikes me as rather gauche and un-literary.  Sort of like taking a story of wit and realism and letting Stephen King butcher the ending.

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I've always taken that last line as purposely ambiguous on John's part...he could be just lighting a fire, or he could burn the place down (either literally or metaphorically). The reason I always took it as arson is because of the popularity (at that time in the 60s) of Norwegian Wood paneling in many homes. *shrug* That's the beauty of the lyrics, they can be interpreted in oh so many ways...

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I always thought that the first time he says "Isn't it good Norwegian Wood," he was referring to the paneling, and just commenting on the girl's house, and then the next time he says it, it's sorta sarcastic, like "Oh yeah, isn't it good Norwegian Wood that I burned down?"

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