Today is day two of my tour of the White album. As I stated yesterday I am presenting my top ten list from the white album, in the order the songs are heard on the album. Perhaps on Friday I will rank them in some way.
So far we have:
1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
and today’s picks…….
3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This song is one of four songs by George Harrison that appear on the White Album. Beginning with the Album HELP!, there would always be at least one Harrison song on each album. This song is one of Harrison’s best known Beatles song (perhaps second only to Something). The interesting thing about this song is that George decided to open up a book and write a song based on the first words he would see in the book. Those were gently weeps. This song is also the first time another artist is featured on a Beatles song (although uncredited). Eric Clapton played lead guitar on this recording. His being in the studio also brought a respite from the band’s bickering.
4. Happiness is a Warm Gun
This is a John Lennon song and is a song about getting high. The song is very complex in that it changes time signature at least 6 times during the song including 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, and 6/4.