For John, this is how he could best exorcise his demons.Then he could confess, without having to really confess, relieve some of his guilt, and still be able to say, "oh, it's just a song"! I think the "I once had a girl, or should I say she once had me? It depends on your point of view." "She showed me her room." That's what girls do when they are interested in a guy. " I believe is just John commenting on the decor, probably (cheap) wood panelling on the walls, very common in those days."So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair." Being sarcastic/funny: "why did you tell me to sit, if you haven't got a chair?" Perhaps she had a very small place, and not much in the way of furnishings (maybe some throw pillows instead of chairs, which is what I had in my apartment, because of the times, and also because pillows are cheaper and I prefer to sit on the floor anyway).The bird having flown is an allusion to the marijuana smoke having floated away, so he lights another joint.Also the line "she once had me" means "she had him at hello", as one might say, and also that she cheated or deceived him (to be had) -- he thought he was going to have sex with her.
"This bird had flown" has a double meaning referring to the girl having left the apartment and also that the man's marijuana cigarette had finished.
The idea that the lyrics are "So, I lit a fire..." is clearly just an urban myth--the carelessness of an early transcriber becoming the accepted reality for all eternity. I the magazine Rolling Stones, "100 greatest Beatles songs", among the first 20 songs, Lennon has 11 or 12, !
Mc Cartney has 4, Harrison 2 and Lennon-Mc Cartney have 2 or 3.
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.