Thursday, July 07, 2005

Let it be



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 thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
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 deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life
are ringing through my open ears
exciting 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 deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Jai guru deva Jai guru deva

--- The Beatles "Across the Universe"

Can't help it, this song is on my mind from the morning. Hope Sir McCartney won't sue an innocent fan like me.

This song also brought back so many memories - Shubham and me listening to this song on an LP in a lazy rainy day afternoon at Shubham's place when we were in Class V (1986). The song brings back the smell of the rains in Calcutta, of the foliage in Shubham's garden, the sweet smell of innocence (yes, of course, we once were), the muri with acharer tel and the freshly done oil paint of Gautam da half dried. How much I miss those days only I know.

Now some trivia on this song :

Another by Lennon, this was a song that he deemed as one of his best. This had originally been recorded during the "Lady Madonna" sessions, and placed on the side. The Beatles weren't sure what to do with it. They wanted it as a single, then as a B-side, then it was to be used on a EP. Because none of these ideas panned out, The Beatles gave this song to the World Wildlife Fund for a charity album. Phil Spector liked it and decided to include it in "Let It Be." He took the original recording, edited out the opening overdubbed bird sounds, slowed it down a little, and added a choir and orchestra. The bird sounds can be heard on the version included in Past Masters II. John wrote this song after having met the Maharishi Masesh Yogi in England. The chorus phrase "Jai Guru Deva Om" is the name (Guru Dev) of the Maharishi's guru.

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