Beatlephiles and Dylanologists have talked themselves blue in the face over the relationship between “Norwegian Wood” and Bob Dylan’s “4th Time Around.”
Was it a sly inside joke between Dylan and John Lennon — or was Dylan mocking John Lennon? Was “Norwegian Wood” Lennon’s homage to Dylan that Dylan then homaged (is the a word?) right back at him? Was it all just a silly coincidence?
One thing is certain: the songs are undeniably similar in their musical structure and lyrics.
Bonus points: Listen to Yo La Tengo’s lovely cover of the Dylan song.