500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Beatles, 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)'

83. The Beatles, 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)'

Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Released: Dec. '65, Capitol 

This wry, wistful folk ballad was among the first of the Beatles' revolutionary studio experiments. The inclusion of the sitar, an instrument that George Harrison had recently discovered, was groundbreaking. The song, written by Lennon, is the tale of a late-night tryst — although it's electric with sexual possibility, the bemused cad ends up sleeping in the bathtub (and maybe takes his revenge by burning the place down the next morning). Lennon said that the lyrics disguised an actual affair: "I was very careful and paranoid because I didn't want my wife, Cyn, to know that there was something going on."

Appears on: Rubber Soul (Capitol)


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