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Wah Wah Lyrics

Artist: George Harrison

You've given me a wah-wah
And I'm thinking of you
And all the things that we used to do
Wah-wah, wah-wah

You made me such a big star
Being there at the right time
Cheaper than a dime
Wah-wah, you've given me your wah-wah, wah-wah

Oh, you don't see me crying
Oh, you don't hear me sighing

I don't need no wah-wah
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free from the wah-wah
I don't need no wah-wah

Oh, you don't see me crying
Hey baby, you don't hear me sighing
Oh, no no-no no

Now I don't need no wah-wah's
And I know how sweet life can be
If I keep myself free - of wah-wah
I don't need no wah-wah

Wah-wah (repeat and fade)


by Captain Gawn on 6/4/2008 6:21am
Wah-Wah may refer to the discourse found in gamelan music/instruments. They are representative of the discourse between the spiritual world and the living-world. The instruments produce a wah-wah effect through puposeful tuning.
by Grant Cole, Tulsa, OK on 10/9/2008 7:20pm
Wah Wah: Maya the grand illusion.
by Kristin on 1/19/2010 9:48pm
It is about the Beatles break up, the album that this tune appears on is the first album post-breakup.
by Ava on 1/16/2011 5:38pm
Wah Wah is a term of appreciation, similar to applause. The song is about making music for the himself, not for the 'wah wah' or appreciation of others. It is a stance that many musicians took during this time period.
by anne on 5/4/2011 7:14pm
"That was the song, when I left from the 'Let It Be' movie, there's a scene where Paul and I are having an argument, and we're trying to cover it up. Then the next scene I'm not there and Yoko's just screaming, doing her screeching number. Well, that's where I'd left, and I went home to write 'Wah-Wah.' It had given me a wah-wah, like I had such a headache with that whole argument. It was such a headache." - George Harrison Interview: Crawdaddy Magazine, February 1977
by kurt on 7/30/2011 7:11pm
Thanks Anne - I was pretty certain the other explanations were ..... well kinda out there .
by Ezzi on 10/14/2011 3:44pm
"Wah Wah" as in crying, complaining, kvetching, etc.

by dave on 1/3/2012 8:57am
@kurt - Agreed, but considering George's beliefs, it wouldn't be surprising if his definition of "headache" included spiritual concepts. In the end, Beatle's and post-Beatle songs are usually over-analyzed.
by Rik on 2/20/2012 2:19am
Many of the Beatles songs were analyzed. The post-Beatles songs, however, were very straight forward and often times clear messages to the other members. John, Paul, and George all did solo songs about each other and their relationships. George Harrison's song "Isn't It A Pity," also from his first solo album, was also a message to the other three. John and Paul frequently used their music to trade barbs. John went as far as to come right out and say "I don't believe in Beatles" in his song "God."
by doesntmatter on 5/2/2012 8:56am
george wrote this song after he left from recording with the beatles cause he got to fight (only words of course) with paul mccartney about one song I think it was Two of us... its in the "let it be" movie
by JulieKS on 7/23/2012 10:33am
The big headlines always had Paul leaving the Beatles first - and maybe he was the first to legally sever, but Ringo made a weak exit first, believe it or not. He was enticed back by, yes, George and then George made his "Wah, Wah" exit that was the true marker of the group's co-dependent end, in THIS fan's opinion. The multi-verse, the cosmos love George Harrison!
by denekawa on 8/21/2012 1:38pm
anne nailed it... George says in his autobiographical movie that he left the studio after a rather heated session with the Beatles and went home and wrote Wah Wah as an emotional rebuttal to all that was happening around him.
by Laurie N. on 9/4/2012 3:41pm
If you want to hear a fantastic over the top version of this song, listen to "Concert for George." It's amazing. Dhani, his son, is a spitting image of his Dad. Amazing!!
by Rudy on 4/14/2014 9:18am
Anne it's right but reason why he left the studio was an argue with John. Then he suggested for Eric clapton to replace him
by Dimitri M. on 4/14/2014 1:10pm
In the The Beatles Anthology book George said he wrote the song after getting into an argument with Paul (as seen in the movie Let it Be)Paul was telling George not to play on Hey Jude.
by Ben Gazi on 10/24/2014 2:27pm
not crying (wah wah) about the Beatles breakup
by Alva on 2/20/2015 11:12pm
The song me is a favourite..and actually I think it has many layers of meanings as well as many layers of instruments. ITs an explosive ecstasy of release....I too love "The concert for George" version...but it goes right the rails in the concert for Bangladesh. Watching the video clip is awesome. Ringo and Jim Keltner...loving it.
by kemp on 2/26/2015 5:04am
From my foggy memory, the argument between Paul and George was during a rehearsal for "I've Got a Feeling" over the cascading lead at the end of one of the verses. it's been a long time and I could be wrong. When John learned that George had left, he did suggest getting Eric. I'm not sure that was in the same sessions.
by Alan on 6/10/2015 6:14am
My "YES" is for Anne retrieval and share from George himself. I hadn't heard the song for probably 20 years until just recently. THANK you all.
by Adrian Howley on 6/23/2016 3:59pm
George is the most underrated member of the group. In my opinion, he was the most talented.
by Florida Gurl on 5/21/2017 3:37pm
I always thought "Wah Wah" in this song referred to cocaine or heroin as in the lyric "cheaper than a dime"

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