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Across the Universe  Beatles

DK .12.. tune down 1 semitone; "Let It Be" 3/6/1970 John
EASIER TO SING TRANSPOSE +5 KEY OF G

One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon
after hearing his then-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, "going on and on about something". Later,
after "she'd gone to sleep—and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream",
Lennon went downstairs and it turned into a song. He began to write the rest of the lyrics and when he
was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.

In the morning, Lennon found the paper on which he had written the lyrics and took them down to his piano,
where he began to play chords, and find pitches to match the words. The flavor of the song was heavily
influenced by Lennon's and The Beatles' short-lived interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967–
early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra Jai guru deva om to the piece,
which became the link to the chorus. The Sanskrit phrase is a sentence fragment whose words could have
many meanings, but roughly translate to "Victory to God divine","hail to the divine guru", or the phrase
commonly invoked by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi "All Glory to Guru Deva" then the mystic syllable om,
which is theoretically the cosmic sound of the universe and used by monks during meditation.

The song's lyrical structure is straightforward: three repetitions of a unit consisting of a verse, the line
"Jai guru deva om" and the line "Nothing's gonna change my world" repeated four times. The lyrics are highly
image-based, with abstract concepts reified with phrases like thoughts "meandering", words "slithering", and
undying love "shining". The title phrase "across the universe" appears at intervals to finish lines, although
it never cadences, always appearing as a rising figure, melodically unresolved.

In his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon referred to the song as perhaps the best, most poetic lyric
he ever wrote. He also expressed pride in the meter of the main verses, commenting on how unique it was to his
compositions and how he could not duplicate it.

Intro
[D]  [F#m]   [A] 

VERSE 1
[D]Words are flying [Bm]out like endless [F#m]rain into a paper cup,
They [Em7]slither wildly as they slip a[A7]way across the universe.
[D]Pools of sorrow, [Bm]waves of joy are [F#m]drifting through my open mind,
Pos[Em7]sessing and ca[Gm]ressing me.  

CHORUS

[D]Jai. Guru. Deva.  [A7]Om.
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld,
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld.

VERSE 2

[D]Images of [Bm]broken light which [F#m]dance before me like a million [Em7]eyes,
They call me on and on [A7]across the universe.
[D]Thoughts meander [Bm]like a restless [F#m]wind inside a letter box,
They [Em7]tumble blindly as they make their [A7]way across the universe.

[D]Jai. Guru. Deva.  [A7]Om.
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld,
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld.


VERSE 3
[D]Sounds of laughter, [Bm]shades of life are [F#m]ringing through my opened ears,
In[Em7]citing and in[Gm]viting me.
[D]Limitless, un[Bm]dying love which [F#m]shines around me like a million [Em7]suns,
It calls me on and on, a[A7]cross the Universe.

CHORUS
[D]Jai. Guru. Deva.  [A7]Om.
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld,
[A]Nothing's gonna change my world,   [G]Nothing's gonna change my wo[D]rld.

OUTRO
[D]Jai Guru Deva.  Jai Guru Deva.   Jai Guru Deva.  Repeat to fade

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scotsman113 (report)

Get a new Beatles book.

nerdbyday (report)

Not according to the Beatles book I have not even close.

SuperBeatle456 (report)

You did a good job on this, I'm impressed. But the key of the song is half a step lower: Eb Ab Db Eb Bb eb, good job nonetheless :)

boone.ogden@gmail.com (report)

play -2 semitones (C) with Capo on 1st fret to match beatles