"Across the Universe (The Beatles cover)" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
Words are flying 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 De Va Om
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 De Va Om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open ears 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 De Va Om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world.

Lyrics submitted by spliphstar, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Across the Universe (The Beatles cover) song meanings
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    General CommentFiona's remake is so good. It flows like a river and makes me melt. As Ozzy says, hating the Beatles is like saying you hate air. But still ... Fiona steals the song.

    This would be a great song to have sex to. (Where did THAT come from? :o)
    fallonyourKNEESon July 16, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWell when I hear Fionna sing this song I hear a tone of melancholy. And that is odd given the context of the original song. I believe that Fionna is saying How lovely this idea is how much I wish it was true and how sad that it isn't. The word are the same the meaning is completely diffrent and that is a sign of an excellent artist. I believe the reason so many of us believe this song is better is that it reflect the disillusion that came with the end of the 60's.
    Caeloon May 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best version ever!! I've always found the original to be a bit fast. But this version is soft and at the right tempo, Fiona's voice and the music is soothing.
    LightofAuguston June 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOMG, i love this song so much...it makes me fly...its like one of those songs that just basically empowers me..makes me feel like i can do anything :D
    the_devine_childon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written for Fiona Apple. Only the Beatles could've written a song like this - BUT - Fiona apple's version is much better. It suits her slow deep dark moody voice and she got rid of the annoying noises the beatles had. She sounds all stoned and brooding. Defiant in a way.
    SWEETPOOon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love the Beatles, but Fiona made this song into something much better. One day me and a friend were singing this song together, and after school that day, she was in a wreck and was killed. So everytime I hear this song I think if her and I cry, this song just means a lot to me.
    Chelseaon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI am not a Fiona Apple fan, and I always like the original version of a song better. HOWEVER, her version blows the Beatles' version away. This is such a soothing song to listen to her sing...when you listen to John Lennon sing it, it sounds like someone has been inhaling helium which grates on my nerves.

    As far as the meaning of "Jai Guru Deva Om", I found the following on several websites: "All together it means, "I give thanks (victory) (salutation) to Guru Dev (or heavenly teacher), om"

    I also found this: "Jai Guru Deva Om" refers to that inner, living God within every person. Jai = "Hail" or "Praise," Guru = "knowledge-giver" but in this frame of reference it means "the giver of the Ultimate Knowledge" (which is that realization of God), Deva = "God," and Om is a holy word because it symbolizes the first sound of the universe. This relates to the entire song Across the Universe because this song is about meditation - specifically the Hindu method of meditation upon the inner, living God (which is directly related to the art of yoga). "Across the Universe" refers to the universe of the inner being. Through their studies during their sojourn in India, the Beatles deeply assimilated the spiritual philosophies that have been the essence of Indian culture for 5000 years. This assimilation is reflected in their song."

    The latter seems to do a good job of explaining the song's meaning.

    Chelsea, that is sooooo sad about your friend, but it is very touching and I'm glad this song has such a special meaning for you to remember and honor your friend.
    jlbrpton June 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing cover
    Conachaon September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncredible cover...just a tad above Rufus Wainwright's cover...which is saying A LOT.
    silentexclamationon November 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOVE her cover for this.
    her voice is so smooth and different. this version is better than the beatles... GASP.
    theformatloveon March 12, 2007   Link

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