“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”–The Beatles

I couldn’t find a live Beatles version but hear this recorded version with a lovely film montage of the life of George Harrison.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Beatles. Don’t boo me.  I get that they are one of the keys to the American rock explosion and a truly great band, yet my music heart was just focused on other artists.

Every time I hear this song though my chest tightens and my blood warms.  It must be those achingly sad guitar wails and the  gloomy, lovely lyrics.

What follows is an amazing version and one of the greatest guitar solos I have ever seen on film. Check Prince out for yourself, it begins at 3:30.

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions.

Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney perform at the Queen Golden Jubilee.

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh, oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah

A lovely new version by Santana.

And one by Toto; this surprised me:

Jake Shimabukuro is a genius

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