Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
The Beatles

I once had a girl
Or should I say she once had me
She showed me her room
Isn't it good Norwegian wood

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album Rubber Soul (1965)
  • written primarily by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • John Lennon: "Norwegian Wood was about an affair I was having. I was very careful and paranoid because I didn't want my wife, Cyn, to know that there really was something going on outside the household. I'd always had some kind of affairs going, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing about an affair, but in such a smokescreen way that you couldn't tell. I can't remember any specific woman it had to do with."
  • the original title of the song was simply "This Bird Has Flown"
  • the sitar that George Harrison plays on "Norwegian Wood" is thought to be the first time the instrument was used on a pop song
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #83 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
         John Lennon- lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
         Paul McCartney- bass, harmony vocals
         George Harrison- sitar, 12-string acoustic guitar
         Ringo Starr- tambourine, maracas, finger cymbals
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded October 12, 21, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, London
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