"Tomorrow Never Knows" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Turn off your mind relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void,
It is shining, it is shining.

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing

And ignorance and hate mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving

So play the game "Existence" to the end
Of the beginning, of the beginning


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"Tomorrow Never Knows" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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  • +3
    General CommentMad Men turned me on (to use a 60's term) to this song - played at the end of last episode. Was 5 years old when Revolver came out but always heard Beatles from my older brothers - BUT - never heard this song! What a masterpiece! Seems like a deep cut to me, but I see others here saying it is considered the greatest song ever. How did I miss this one? Have to ask my brothers. Lennon was a genius and what they all created together was trail blazing for generations to come.
    tsma120on May 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhat the hell is that sweet ass 'ah ah ah ah ah ah' seagul bird sounding thing in the background?
    meursaultsrevolveron September 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou dont have to take acid to understand how it works

    its called transcedence
    we have our whole lives (50-80+ years) to accomplish this

    it just takes a while to build momentum
    moghead1on May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised there are no comments, this is an incredible song, a great closer for Revolver
    infidelon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is sooooo wicked.infidel is right, its a brilliant ender to the revolver album!this song shows how the beatles music grew and changed!
    John and George R.I.P :( (Forever in our hearts.thank you)
    angelicon May 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the greatest song ever made... for the beatles, it is so briliantly put together i mean they sped up violins and cello's in the backround and distorted and played guitars backwards. its amazing but the song itself is about meditating and the tao rituals to achive benvolence... and maybe some acid, but i think im gonna go drop lsd and listen to it, and float down stream...
    Vast334on July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics were inspired by The Tibetan Book Of The Dead. Originally, John wanted his voice to sound like he was singing from the top of the Himalayas, and he wanted a bunch of Buddhist monks chanting in the background. Of course, they didn't have the money to do such a thing, and what you got is what you hear, which is spectacular anyway. And it was actually Macca who made and suggested that random loops be put into the song.
    GuitarJeezuson June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyes, but by the same token, you must appreciate the truly god-like reverse guitaring efforts at the end of i'm only sleeping, or was that a different song? i forget, but you get the idea...
    meursaultsrevolveron February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYea but its not the "real" tibetan book of the dead...its timothy leary's (the LSD guru) version of it...therefore it is about acid. Really cool song though, different than the rest of the album.
    JuliaDreameron October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe best part is when John distorts his voice halfway through--right after the backwards guitar solo. He sounds like he is singing from inside a can--hysterical! One of the coolest singers ever, along with Paul's beautiful voice, they created magic together. The drums are also very pronounced in the left speaker. I don't know why they say it is a 'one-chord' song. It sounds like it is in 'B,' but then moves down to 'A.' Kind of a disonant thing. The real impoortant thing is how much Dylan influenced the Beatles, esp. John. I don't think there would have been the Sixties w/out Dylan. He was that influential. He simply taught the world a new way of writing songs. Dylan + the Beatles + Drugs = the greatest pop music the world has ever known. Is there a better line than, "listen to the color of your dreams?" Everytime I hear that line, it brings a smile to my face. Everytime I hear those crazy seagulls, I feel like I am having a flashback. And I have never listened to this song on acid. Just crazy!
    railroadginon October 29, 2011   Link

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