The Beatles Song Of The Day- Across The Universe

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Across The Universe. Across the Universe is on The Beatles Let It Be album and was written by John Lennon. Lennon said that he wrote the song out of irritation. It was 1967 he was lying in bed with his first wife Cynthia and she had been going on and on about something-and had finally gone to sleep. He kept hearing her words over and over- like an endless stream. He went downstairs and started writing a song- but made something positive out of it.  He would later say it was one of his favorite songs not the recording of it but the lyrics. John viewed this song as one that just flowed out of him- it wasn’t craftsmanship the song wrote itself he said.  Originally it was given to a charity album for the World Wildlife Fund. That recording was speeded up and wildlife effects were added during the mixing. The version on Let It Be- producer Phil Spector removed some sounds from the original and slowed it down and then overdubbed  an orchestra and choir.  The first version was going to be an A-side single but was replaced by Lady Madonna. The song was performed in the Let It Be film. David Bowie recorded it on his Young American’s album. As far as The Beatles version- John wasn’t happy with the recording and would blame Paul for subconsciously trying to destroy a great song. Clearly John’s opinion of the song does not match that of most listeners.  The song was written after The Beatles had met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in England but before they went with him to India. The song mentions  Gura Dev who was the Maharishi’s guru.  No One’s Going To Change Our World version- John Lennon: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, electric Leslie-speaker guitar: Paul McCartney: bass, backing vocal,: George Harrison: tambura and backing vocal: Ringo Starr: maracas: Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease: backing vocal: Produced by George Martin. The Let It Be version: John Lennon: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar: Paul McCartney: bass: George Harrison: tambura: Ringo Starr: maracas: Phil Spector: strings and choir: Produced by Phil Spector.

 

  • Rating “Across The Universe” ***** stars out of 5 stars- a classic.
  • Across The Universe was never released as a single.
  • Recorded on February 4, 1968.
  • Length of song: 3:50 for the first version on the World Wildlife Fund “No One’s Going To Change Our World” album, 3:47 for the Let It Be version.
  • Spignesi and Lewis in their book rank it #40, critic Bill Wyman #93 out of 213. Rolling Stone has it #84, Jim Beviglia #53 and The Beatles Channel Listeners Poll- #16.

 

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.

 

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