Oils on canvas, 25x40cm, 2017
“Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was written by the songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and was first released on the album Rubber Soulon 3 December 1965. “Norwegian Wood” was influential in the development in raga rock and psychedelic rock, even though it was not the first song to feature an Eastern-inspired sound in a rock composition, and not even the first Beatles song to do so. The song’s lyrics are about an extramarital affair that John Lennon was involved in, as hinted in the opening couplet: “I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me”. Though Lennon never revealed whom he had an affair with, writer Philip Norman speculates that it was either close friend and journalist Maureen Cleave, or Sonny Freeman. Paul McCartney explained that the term “Norwegian Wood” was a sarcastic reference to the cheap pine wall panelling then in vogue (e.g. in guitarist Peter Asher‘s bedroom). McCartney commented on the final verse of the song: “In our world the guy had to have some sort of revenge. It could have meant I lit a fire to keep myself warm, and wasn’t the decor of her house wonderful? But it didn’t, it meant I burned the fucking place down as an act of revenge, and then we left it there and went into the instrumental.” – wikipedia
Oils on canvas. 60x50cm. 2017.
The painting was inspired by the John Lennon’s album “Imagine”.