The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Tomorrow Never Knows”

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Tomorrow Never Knows.” “Tomorrow Never Knows” is the final track on the greatest album of all times. The song was written by John Lennon. The song is a sign of things to come for The Beatles but oddly enough it wasn’t the last but the first track recorded for “Revolver.” This was without question the most far out Beatles song up to this point. It is hard to believe that the group that recorded “Love Me Do” just 4 years earlier recorded this song. This was John’s attempt to capture an LSD trip in words and sounds. The lyrics were borrowed, adapted and embellished from Dr. Timothy Leary’s book “The Psychedelic Experience” which was a poetic reinterpretation of the ancient Tibetan Book of the Dead. The working title for the song was “The Void” the eventually title “Tomorrow Never Knows” came from something…

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8 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Tomorrow Never Knows”

  1. “Tomorrow Never Knows” indeed is a remarkable tune.

    You’re right, this psychedelic gem couldn’t be any further away from songs like “Love Me Do”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” which are great pop tunes but very innocent by comparison.

    Two of the recording innovations on “Revolver,” tape loops and backward playing, are on full display here. I also love what sounds like the sound of seagulls in the beginning – reminiscent of Syd Barrett and the early Pink Floyd.

    I guess The Beatles purposely decided to make this track the closer. Perhaps they were concerned that it was a bit too much for their traditional fans and that they may not listen beyond it.

    On the other hand, one could argue the tune they selected as the record’s opener instead, George’s “Taxman”, might also have negative connotations for many folks!😀

    BTW, I know “Revolver” is your favorite record of all time and you have 20 or so other records you keep coming back to. Which are they?

    • Maybe its because of 40 plus years of listening to it- but i can’t imagine Tomorrow Never Knows being anywhere but at the end… I will work on a post of my top 20-25 albums in the next few days and post them… would you agree Taxman is George’s first really get song?

    • I have to say I really dig “If I Needed Someone” from “Rubber Soul,” even though based on what I read, George almost seemed to dismiss the tune.

      In part it’s because I’m a huge fan of the Rickenbacker guitar sound. I also like the song’s catchy melody!

    • If I Needed Someone is a really good one for sure.. I think at that point he was certainly heading in the right direction. I often think it had to have been difficult being George in those years- when you have two older fellas who were geniuses- two of the greatest songwriters ever– it would have been easier to have just said I will just stick to being a guitarist… but he didn’t.

  2. I agree about how crazy it is they were only 3-4 years on from the bubblegum songs. For that matter, think about the entire lifespan of that group. 2010 doesn’t seem very long ago to me. Also, as a child the bird sounds in “Tomorrow Never Knows” always made me think of the flying monkeys in “The Wizard of Oz.” Did I just type that out loud?

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