What is the meaning of the song ‘while my guitar gently weeps’?

The beautiful piano song: “Cristofori’s Dream” of the pianist and composer David Lanz. Albums of David Lanz where the song can be found: Cristofori’s Dream (1988), Return to the Heart (1991), Beloved, A David Lanz Collection (1995), An Evening With David Lanz (1999), Romantic The Ultimate David Lanz Collection 2CD (2002). Other albums: Pure Moods vol.3 !!!!!!!!! See video (in HQ) of David Lanz himself playing the song at: www.youtube.com www.youtube.com The YouTube official channel of David Lanz: www.youtube.com Albums can be found here: www.davidlanz.com The piano books and sheets: Books: www.davidlanz.com Sheets: www.davidlanz.com His most famous album, Cristofori’s Dream, topped the New Age charts in 1988, which was Number One on Billboard’s first adult alternative/New Age chart for 27 weeks and eventually sold platinum. (Wikipedia) David Lanz’s Cristofori’s Dream is among the most popular new age recordings ever made. This is an album of instrumental piano music (with other instruments, especially strings and string-like synthesizers, added). Its selections have a calm elegance, as Lanz spends most of his time in the upper register of the piano delivering precise, articulated melodies, culminating in a re-creation of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” that features original organist Matthew Fisher. William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide Here you can listen to samples -from the album Cristofori’s Dream: www.cduniverse.com -from the album Romantic: www.cduniverse.com

I love George Harrison’s music so much, wanted to know does anyone know what the song ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ is about? thank you so much! :)


  1. Joseph Knott says:

    It’s a metaphor of how george is so sad about the world and tries to teach us threw slow sad songs

    Hope this helps :-)

  2. _Tenacious_D_ says:

    This contains all your answers :)


  3. Peepaw says:

    Inspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading the I Ching, which, as he put it, “seemed to me to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else…opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental.” Taking this idea of relativism to his parents’ home in northern England, Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were “gently weeps”, and he immediately began the song. As he said:

    “I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes… The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose.
    “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book – as it would be a relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw ‘gently weeps’, then laid the book down again and started the song.”

    The initial incarnation was not final, as Harrison said: “Some of the words to the song were changed before I finally recorded it.” A demo recorded at George’s home in Esher includes an unused verse:

    I look at the trouble and see that it’s raging,
    While my guitar gently weeps.
    As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.
    As well as an unused line in the very beginning:

    The problems you sow, are the troubles you’re reaping,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.
    This line was eventually omitted in favour of the one appearing on The Beatles. An early acoustic guitar/organ take of the song, released on Anthology 3 and also used as the basis of the Love remix, featured a slightly different third verse:

    I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
    While my guitar gently weeps.
    As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
    Still, my guitar gently weeps.