The Beatles -- ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

Tomorrow Never Knows (2.57)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, organ; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; George Harrison: Guitar, sitar, tambura; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine; Piano: George Martin

John nicked a few lines of this from Timothy Leary’s ‘The Psychedelic Experience’ – which was basically Timothy’s guide on taking tabs – and set John thinking about what an LSD trip would sound like in song. If you read page 14, then you’ll even find a line of his final lyrics: “Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream.”

Paul remembered the day that he first played it round at Brian Epstein’s house (24 Chapel Street in Belgravia). “We were there for a meeting and John got his guitar out and started doing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, and it was all on one chord. This was because of our interest in Indian music. We would be sitting around and, at the end of an Indian album, we’d go, ‘Did anyone notice that they didn’t change chords?’ And this is one thing that …

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