The Handwritten Lyrics for This Beatles Song Could Be Yours

The Beatles gave us classic songs in numerous genres. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” stands as one of their great hard rock songs. Recently, the original handwritten lyrics for the track went up for sale. This incredible piece of rock memorabilia can be yours – for a hefty sum.

The Beatles performing “Rain” and “Paperback Writer” on television in 1966 | Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns

What we know about the handwritten lyrics for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is one of the most famous songs written by George Harrison. During the band’s early years, George’s songwriting capabilities were often dismissed. However, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps“ helped him to earn respect as a songwriter. 

CNN reports, however, these handwritten lyrics were (mostly) not written by George. Instead, they were mostly written by another Beatle whose talent is often overlooked – Ringo Starr. Only the first and last lines of the handwritten lyrics were written by George, complete with punctuation and capitalization errors. 

The handwritten lyrics begin with George’s writing: “I Look at You all see the love there thats sleeping — While my guitar gently weeps.” At the end of the lyrics, George wrote “While my Guitar Gently Weeps as I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging still my guitar G W.”

What makes this auction special

Beatles members Ringo Starr with George Harrison at the session for “All You Need Is Love” | Cummings Archives/Redferns

According to Metro, the asking price for the lyrics is $195,000 or £149,000. That may sound expensive to begin with, but the piece of memorabilia could sell for much more. After all, another handwritten copy of lyrics for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which was written by George alone was purchased for over $1 million, or £765,000. It could be interesting to see whether the copy of the lyrics written by both George and Ringo will sell for more or less than the copy of the lyrics written by George on his own. 

Whoever buys the lyrics will also receive a letter of authenticity, reports CBS Pittsburgh. The letter – which was written by Beatles memorabilia salesman Frank Caiazzo, attests to the fact the lyrics were written in George and Ringo’s handwriting. As anyone who’s religiously watched Pawn Stars knows, such letters greatly increase the value of a momento. 

Other fascinating documents for sale right now

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to a large rally in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 | Bettmann

The lyrics are being put up for sale by a company called Moments in Time.  The company is currently selling written or typed documents by seminal historical figures. Among them are a letter from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to pop idol Sammy Davis Jr. and a letter by Galileo Galilei. In addition to George and Ringo’s manuscript, the website also sells the personal papers of other famous musicians, including Broadway songwriter Irving Berlin’s handwritten lyrics for “God Bless America.”

Many people love collecting mementos of their favorite celebrities. These Beatles lyrics are a bit more expensive than most. To have them, you’d have to be a rich man.

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