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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
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2 September 2017
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All this talk about how she led him on...but what if she WANTED sex and John couldn't perform? And she laughs at him, and he crawls away humiliated?

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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A few days ago , when looking for some info about their acid party in L.A. , i came across this:

Joan Baez: There weren't enough bedrooms for everybody, so John told me I could stay in his room. So I went to sleep and he came in during the middle of the night, and I think he felt compelled, and he started coming on to me, very unenthusiastically [...] I said, "John, you know, I'm probably as tired as you are, and I don't want you to feel you have to perform on my behalf..."

And he said, "Oh, luvly! I mean, what a relief! Because you see, well, you might say I've already been fooked downstairs...."

So we had a good laugh and went to sleep.

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Randomly came across this individual’s analysis of ’Norwegian Wood ’ and it's pretty funny. Please note there are some naughty words that may cause some offence - so if you get easily irked or don't like rude humour, please don't read. 

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I recently read Murakami's 'Norwegian Wood ', widely considered to be his best novel. It's set in Tokyo in the late 60s, and it features a lot of Beatley music and references, but best of all is the title since this song is the favourite of one of the characters. 

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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My favourite Lennon composition and one of my top 5 Beatles tracks. I see that in the Song section there is mention of Maureen Cleave but none of Sonny Freeman, as the possible reference in the song. John says he doesn't remember the specific woman, but I think it's worse if it is Sonny, on Robert Freeman's suggestion  they lived above them in Emperor's Gate. She is photographed in Austrian Alps with Cynthia, Patti and Maureen in March 1965, they seem friends on film set of Help , I know John started the song in Jan 65 in Switzerland. Was it Sonny I wonder. I feel really sad for Cynthia if it was Sonny, more so than Maureen Cleave. Perhaps it was both!a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Anyway  a brilliant song, regardless.

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21 March 2022
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Penny Lane said
My favourite Lennon composition and one of my top 5 Beatles tracks. Was it Sonny I wonder. I feel really sad for Cynthia if it was Sonny, more so than Maureen Cleave. Perhaps it was both!a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Anyway  a brilliant song, regardless.

Yeah, it's in my Top 20 too, and my favourite track on RS. 

Currently rereading Philip Norman's Lennon bio, and he takes pains to point out Sonny Freeman's Norwegian lineage, and the wood-paneling in their apartment...

I can't remember for sure, but I think I read somewhere an explicit denial from Cleave that she and John were ever intimate.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I agree vonbontee about Philip Norman, it's  more convincing, also in Cynthia's book "John" she cites the night Robert and Sonny arrive at Kenwood and describes Robert as looking furious and Sonny is in tears. They dissappear into the living room for 30 mins Cynthia is waiting in the kitchen and then John refuses to say what it was about and then scarpers off upstairs. 

Also if Maureen Cleave says not so, I would believe her! I know John admired her  and was also shy paradoxically, so maybe he would have been a bit intimidated there.

It's my favourite on RS too, John says he was trying to be all sophisticated with the song's lyrics and subject matter and  I think he achieved that. They are clever and ambiguous. The entire song lyrically and musically is  beautiful, wistful, pared back and sophisticated.

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Penny Lane said
The entire song lyrically and musically is  beautiful, wistful, paired back and sophisticated.  

A very good way to describe it. The song is all those things with also an element of humour, making it something really special. The song wouldn’t be what it is without all these components. John doesn’t get enough praise for my liking when it comes to melodies. This one is just divine - it makes me feel nostalgic.

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