This Mystery And Credit Of "Norwegian Wood" Unraveled

By Kellar Ellsworth
The boys of "Norwegian Wood."

“Norwegian Wood,” The Beatles’ 1965 hit off their Rubber Soul album exemplifies the iconic group in many ways. First and naturally foremost, it features a battle for writing credit between the ever quarreling John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On the song also known as “This Bird Has Flown”, George Harrison played a strange instrument, the sitar, introducing it to the world at large. And all the while Ringo Starr quietly played the finger cymbals, hoping someone would notice.

“Norwegian Wood” only reached the #1 spot in Australia but Rolling Stone did rank the adulterous song as #83 on their 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs ever. So what is “Norwegian Wood,” and who came up with it? Read on to find out.