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Across the Universe  The Beatles

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 22:06:50 -0600
From: cts@mail.utexas.edu (chris)
Subject: Across the Universe (first message may not have worked)
This is Across the universe as I believe John originally played it. The
song was sped up for inclusion on the World Wildlife Fund album (as heard on
Past Masters volume II), and then slowed down again for the Let It Be album.
When Phil Spector (producer of Let It Be) slowed the song down, he actually
brought the song down a half step; from D to roughly C#. You can play along
with the album by playing in C#, tuning your guitar down a half step and
playing in D, or using a capo on the first fret and playing in C. Marc
Hertzberg's transcription can show you how to play it in C. Here it is in
original form...
Across The Universe
by the Beatles
Intro :
 
 --2-----/10-----9--7--5-----------------------------------------------------
 ------------------------7---2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--------------2-----------
 --2-----/11-----9--7--6-----2--4--2--4--2--4--2--4--2--4--2--4--2--4--2--4--
 -----0-------0--------------4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--
 ----------------------------x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--0-----0-----0-----0-----
 ----------------------------2-----2-----2-----2-----------------------------

[D]Words are flowing [Bm]out like endless [F#m]rain into a paper cup
[Em7]They slither while they pass they slip [A]away across the Uni[A7]verse.
[D]Pools of sorrow, [Bm]waves of joy are [F#m]drifting through my opened mind
[Em7]Possessing and ca[Gm]ressing me.
[D]Jai Guru Deva [A7sus4]Om
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[D]Images of [Bm]broken light which [F#m]dance before me like a million [Em7]eyes
They call me on and on a[A]cross the Universe.[A7]
[D]Thoughts meander [Bm]like a restless [F#m]wind inside a letterbox
They [Em7]tumble blindly as they make their [A]way across the Uni[A7]verse.
[D]Jai Guru De Va [A7sus4]Om
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[D]Sounds of laughter, [Bm]shades of earth are [F#m]ringing through my opened ears
[Em7]Inciting and [Gm]inviting me.
[D]Limitless, un[Bm]dying love which [F#m]shines around me like a million [Em7]suns
And calls me on and on a[A]cross the Uni[A7]verse.
[D]Jai Guru Deva [A7sus4]Om
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[A7]Nothing's gonna change my world
[G]Nothing's gonna change my [D]world
[D]Jai Guru Deva. (Repeat)
transcribed by Chris Sears
cts@mail.utexas.edu
From: hertzberg@netcad.enet.dec.com (Marc Hertzberg (History: Love it or leave it!))
Subject: TAB: Across The Universe (Lennon/McCartney)
Don't hold me to these words... they're only there to put some chords to!
For the authentic sound, capo at the first fret.
Marc
P.S. In case you're interested, I play the '8' note on the first string with
me thumb.
Across The Universe
(Lennon/McCartney)
Intro :
 
 - --0-----/8-----7--5--3-----------------------------------------------------
 - ------------------------5--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
 - -----0--/9-----7--5--4-----0--2--0--2--0--2--0--2--0--2--0--2--0--2--0--2--
 - ---------------------------2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
 - --3------------------------2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--
 - ------------8--------------0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--

Verse 1:
Wo[C]rds are flowing [Am]out like endless r[Em]ain into a paper cup
They sli[Dm]ther as they fall they make their w[G]ay across the universe
Po[C]ols of sorrow w[Am]aves of joy are dr[Em]ifting through my open mind
In[Dm]citing and inv[Fm]iting me
Chorus:
J[C]ai Guru Da La [G]Om
Nothing's gonna change my world
No[F]thing's gonna change my w[C]orld
No[G]thing's gonna change my world
No[F]thing's gonna change my w[C]orld
Beatles Tab by Marc Hertzberg
Digital Equipment Corporation
hertzberg@netcad.enet.dec.com
 
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Tab Special Notations:
 
 ----0---- play the open string ('fret zero')
 ----5---- play fret five
 ----5~--- play fret five with vibrato
 ---5/7--- play fret five, slide up to fret seven
 ---7\5--- play fret seven, slide down to fret five

--8b(9)-- play fret eight, bend the string (at fret eight) to reach
the pitch of fret nine
--b(9)8-- play fret eight already bent to the pitch of fret nine,
unbending until it reaches the normal pitch of fret eight
 
 ----h7--- hammer-on to fret seven
 ----p5--- pull-off to fret five
 ---/7---- slide up to fret 7 (the starting fret of the slide is

undefined, judge by ear)
 
 ---15\--- play fret 15, slide down (the ending fret of the slide is

undefined, judge by ear)
 
 ---0h3--- play the open string and immediately hammer-on to fret

three
 
 ---7p5--- play fret seven and immediately pull-off to fret five


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