Being a Beatles fan I couldn’t resist posting this link from the Blog, The Sixties. The blog lists “The 20 Greatest Beatles Songs,” where it mentions how George Harrison used the I Ching as his starting point for his song, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Clapton guests on Harrison’s post Rishikesh retort to band members.
“When I first put the White Album on, the song that really stood out for me was this one. Because of the emotion in the lyric and in the musicianship, that emotional build to it, it touched a chord. It’s quite an unusual chorus, if it is a chorus a rock anthem in a classical sense, especially the way it ends up with those solos, but I think it would sound brilliant on an acoustic guitar, because it could be a lullaby love song.
“It wasn’t until five years ago when I went to the George Harrison memorial concert at the Albert Hall that I revisited the song and took on board the whole concept of it. George was the one who came back from India with the spiritual awakening and carried it through to the rest of his life, whereas the others came back with the postcards. The lyric was arrived at by using the I Ching; he opened a random book and the first phrase he picked out was, ‘gently weeps’; so he based it around that. Apparently, there was another verse to the song that was edited out which George poignantly wrote about Paul and John, and how he thought they should get their heads banged together!”