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George wrote at random - at his parents' home.

GEORGE HARRISON was visiting his parents' home in Warrington when he first began writing While My Guitar Gently Weeps. He'd been reading the I Ching - the book of changes - which gave him the idea of writing a song based on the first thing he saw on opening a book. He picked one at random, saw the words "gently weeps" and began writing.

At the bottom of the Weeps manuscript, Harrison has added the comment "The band leader said he ain't playin' no more" - a clear reference to the troubled atmosphere in the studio prior to the recording of the White album. Mal Evans' transcription of McCartney's Hey Jude, written on the other side, is believed to have been for use by one of the band members during recording.

Previously, All You Need Is Love lyrics sold for $1.3m and Lennon's yellow glasses went for $111,250' his tunic, the prototype for Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, raised $204,700.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2007
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