Over in the “Your Mom’s Pornographic Song” thread, a mini-discussion got started about the meaning of the final lines of the John Lennon-penned Beatles song, “Norwegian Wood.”
The story: John is invited over to a young lady’s place, where she shows off her furniture and possessions. She has no chairs, being a mod sort of bird, so they sit on the rug drinking wine. John is anticipating nookie, but is instead sent off to sleep in the bathtub. When he wakes in the morning, the young lady has left for work.
“So I lit a fire/Isn’t it good/Norwegian Wood.”
RealityChuck and blessedwolf go for a literal interpretation…John gets pissed off and burns down her house (apartment).
This strikes me as a) a slight overreaction, and b) something that, if I’d actually done it, would not be so proud of that I’d immortalize it in song.
My take is that John finds himself alone, shrugs, says “The heck with it,” and lights up a joint. “Norwegian Wood” becomes a euphemism for a type of marijuana, like “Acapulco Gold” or “Panama Red.”
I did an informal poll of the baby boomers in my office (without any prompting; just asked what they thought the final lines meant).
Three said “He lights a joint.” One was rather vehement. “Of COURSE he lights a joint! What else could it be?”
One said “He’s a pyromaniac. He burned her place down.”
The last (and most creative) said “I always thought it meant he masturbated.”
Let’s get a lively discussion going here, guys. We have to remember the important things in life.