As it is, the phrase indicates that the words "the fire" refer to a specific fire that the listener would already know about in this house or apartment, such as what would be in a fireplace.
The Beetles did have a sardonic relationship with their fans, so Paul's sarcastic comment that it was about John torching the place of a girl refused him was clearly hyperbole about John's skill in bedding women. Someone who can essentially seduce anyone he wants isn't going to be so upset at a frustrating evening that he torches a woman's home for not putting out. What's really important is to listen to the lyrics as sung, not as assumed.
Also, is this whole thing (having a sexual affair) a good idea?
"She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere" Again, it's what you do when you invite a guy to your place, i.e., anywhere you want is fine; no big deal).
Seriously everytime I hear this song I think of playing pool at one of my friends houses, great never going to be able to hear the great song without thinking of that now, lovely, but I really do like this song it's very clasic Lennon.
Just wanted to add my interpretation of John's beautiful masterpiece, Norwegian Wood (from a female perspective).
In 1987 on a work trip to Norway, I cut a small branch off a tree stripped the bark. The best comment on this entire was by Andrew from Philadelphia, who advises everyone to listen to the lyrics more closely.
Still have it as an ornament and conversation piece. Bernard 'Buddy' Rich passed away on April 2nd, 1987 at the age of 69... The line, as sung, is "So, I lit the fire..." It is not "So, I lit a fire..." All the controversy about this song comes from mis-hearing one little word.
I agree, this is about as straight-forward a little tale as could be.John had said, and I believe it's true, that he was speaking about all of the affairs he had that his wife didn't know about.I think he felt guilty and wanted to confess, but knew he could not, so he did the next best thing, wrote a song about it!She realizes it's getting late, she really is very interested, and is trying to get him to kiss her/have sex with her. "She told me she worked in the morning, and started to laugh." Exactly that! maybe I meant she turned me down and I torched the place! One day I will ask him, and then I will know if I was right or not! The song has got to be about an affair if Lennon said it himself in Rolling Stone.When you are a girl that has a job, as most girls do, after the sex is completed, you realize it is now 4 a.m., and you have to get up in 2 hours to get ready for work, so you are saying "I have to get some sleep! What happens during the encounter is what needs to be interpreted.