Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

In the beginning I misunderstood
But now I've got it, the word is good

Spread the word and you'll be free
Spread the word and be like me
Spread the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Every where I go I hear it said
In the good and bad books that I have read

Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Now that I know what I feel must be right
I'm here to show everybody the light

Give the word a chance to say
That the word is just the way
It's the word I'm thinking of
And the only word is love

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Say the word love
Say the word love
Say the word love
Say the word love


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"The Word" as written by Paul James Mccartney John Winston Lennon

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  • +4
    General CommentYou all misunderstand! The word is 'love'. That's it. It's about 'love'. All you need is love.
    TeddyBon October 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProps to TeddyB for being right on the ball. This song is basically another version of All You Need Is Love. The messages of the songs are the same: love is the basis of life.
    erasmus11290on February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI personally do not believe this song is ABOUT LSD.
    However, I believe it may have been INSPIRED by an LSD REALISATION.

    LSD sparks abstract realisations about fundamental truths and I believe that lennon may have realised that love is an beautiful philosophy and if everyone only lived by the rule of pure love then there would be no war, no hatred, no starvation, no greediness etc.

    The lyrics to the song revolution support this, but argues that the philosophy is flawed and there is no real implementable solution (yet). And, almost all of lennon's work here on was to propose living by the philosophy of peace and love, but before he had taken LSD he was not all about this.

    Anyone who has taken the drug can see that the song was certainly inspired by LSD, but I don't think it is ABOUT it.
    mangleberryon May 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis word is the key to why the Beatles are so successful
    maestroon June 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthen why were they still successful at the end of their career, when they HATED eachother. i think the great music is the key to why they're so successful.
    oidimedon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, since "the word" in this song refers to the feeling brought on by LSD, do u think that maybe that's wat maestro was referring to
    ZinbobDanon May 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalthough it is widely (and irrefutably) known that much of the beatles philosophies and mentalities were HEAVILY influenced and derived from LSD use, not EVERY one of their songs is ABOUT the drug itself.

    do you honestly think poets as enlightened as the beatles would want all of their psychadelic era work being passed off as simple drug references? grow up.
    strangebutohwellon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe word is LOVE. They say it over and over right in the lyrics!
    SecretAgentMan00on June 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsay the word i'm thinkin of.
    koolairdon October 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay so the second time the chorus is sung it goes SPREAD the word NOT SAY the word.

    ...and i really doubt this song is about LSD
    WALRUS*on January 09, 2008   Link

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