The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows lyrics

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    Find out how the lyrics to the Beatles song Tomorrow Never Knows from the album Revolver were written.


    Tomorrow never knows was the first song that was recorded for the revolver album. The lyrics are by john Lennon who attempted to describe the effects of LSD both lyrically and musically. The lyrics to tomorrow never knows are based upon ‘the psychedelic experience’ by Timothy Leary, itself based upon the Tibetan book of the dead.

    Timothy Leary had himself spent seven months studying Buddhism in the Himalayas , and was known for his use of LSD. The Tibetan book of the dead is itself more about the death of ones ego as opposed to a person dying per se.

    The sounds on tomorrow never knows consist of the Beatles fading in and out on 16 tracks. John’s voice was fed through a Leslie speaker to create the effect of the words being heard but John’s voice being disguised. The words tomorrow never knows never appear in the song, which was originally going to be called the void; it was Ringo Starr who came up with the title.

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