Harrison wrote ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ to convey his dismay at the world's unrealised potential for universal love, which he refers to as ‘the love there that's sleeping’.
I just love the combination of singing/word content/guitar playing this song holds and it will always remain high up in my own special chart. This song is especially more relevant this week in the lives of myself and my wife Sheila, both of whom fondly remember the birthdays of our deceased parents (my mother and Sheila’s father), each of whom were born within two days of each other in the third week of January 1922 and both of whom died young.
There are two lines of this song which particularly resonate with our feelings of parental love and loss:
“I look at the world and it keeps turning, while my guitar gently weeps.”
“I look at you all and see the love that is sleeping, while my guitar gently weeps.”
Since my mother and Sheila’s father died, our worlds have continued to turn as we have got on with our lives, and on the anniversary of their birthdays and death each year, we silently remember their presence in our lives and feel their loss once more as we gently weep their passing, plucking our heartstrings in fond remembrance. We love you, Mum Forde and Dad Williams.
Love and peace Bill xxx