This is a song about arson | Reviewer: Ken | 3/19/13
Paul revealed in an interview this song is simply about a guy that burns down a woman's apartment after being shunned for sex and ending up sleeping in the bath. The Norwegian wood was a typical wall covering in the UK in the 60s.
Norwegian Wood - the TRUE meaning! | Reviewer: Geoff Dunn | 1/22/13
Hi, I am a Liverpudlian (thats someone born and bred in Liverpool!) and a life-long Beatles fanatic (I am even old enough to have actually seen them performing live at a theatre in Blackpool in 1965!). The truth behind the lyrics of Norwegian Wood is that John lived in a modest student flat in a very grand set of Georgian terraced houses - named 'Gambia Terrace'- opposite the magnificent Anglican Cathedral in central Liverpool - very near to the Art College that John was attending. Johns reference to 'Norwegian Wood' refers to an incident one very harsh winter when he was a poor student living in Gambia Terrace, apparently he (and Stuart Sutcliffe?) were so 'financially challenged' that they resorted to burning their furniture - that is a wooden chair - made of Norwegian Wood!
my point of view | Reviewer: mirko | 9/21/12
I really think this song is about a guy, a bourgeois, that met a lovely girl, a worker female. he felt attracted to her because she's not like him, and her place is different too. So, when she said is time for bed, and after he confessed he didn't work last morning, she laugh at him, proclaiming this way that he is NOT the kind of guy she'd like to sleep with. He was rejected by her nicely and had to slept in the bath. Next morning he realized she's gone, and saying that the bird had flown, he finally admits they don't have too much in common, after all. The wood is a metaphor about something cheap and easy to get, a symbol of worker class, the social class she belongs.
Del | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/24/12
I've always struggled to understand this one.
I always imagined a beautiful Norwegian chick with whom I fall in love with, staying up late into the night drinking and talking. Sex is potentially an option, but because it's late and we're tired and she has to work early we pass and sleep separately, this time, but in the knowledge that the seeds of love have been sown and there will be a next time. In the morning I make myself at home at her place by lighting a fire, to warm up after sleeping in a bath, perfectly comfortable in the home of my new friend and lover.
"Isn't it good" sounds to me like he really means it - it really is good - good to have found your soulmate.
Never understood the wood part so have probably misinterpreted the whole thing - but when you have heard something hundreds of times and had the same interpretation each time in kind of sticks, like forever.
Lyrical Brilliance | Reviewer: Kitty | 1/5/12
The irony of the two 'Isn't it good, Norwegian wood' lines is superb. From how I interpret it, the first one is the man quite lamely complimenting the woman's decor in her room, possibly just to fill in some silence or to try to start a conversation and make the atmosphere feel less awkward. Then, when it is said at the very end it is powerfully sarcastic and spiteful, because as Lennon said the man in the song sets fire to her house when he wakes up and finds her gone. The man is saying that Norwegian wood is good because it burns easily; it's cheap and therefore bad quality stuff.
Just The Beatles, always at their best <3
Friend Zoned | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/9/11
Before I found out it was written about keeping an affair under wraps, I thought it sounded like a song about a guy who's in love with his female friend.
He visits her all the time and they're good friends and she flirts and leads him on but in the end they never do anything. She always just sends him to 'sleep in the bath' as it were.
In that way 'this bird has flown' could mean she finally gets a boyfriend and the fire imagery just shows how bitter the guy is about her leading him on.
This bird has flown | Reviewer: Nic | 4/13/07
The song is not about John loosing his virginity, it's about an affair he was having whilst being married to Cynthia. And it is the first Beatle song to feature a sitar.