Across the Universe (Beatles originals for reference when watching the 2007 film)

Songs and notes and links and stuff



John Lennon
, an excellent BBC News website.

Chris in Iowa sends this:

Yahoo has the trailer and 7 musical clips from the movie here: http://tinyurl.com/2c9f2u

The list of songs came from the Wikipedia page and notes might be added to later.

1. "Girl"

2. "Helter Skelter"
From The White Album, 1968

This is the song Charles Manson cited as an inspiration for his psychopathic actions. It's in an irritating place on the third side of The White Album. For kids used to CDs, there's no such thing as "a third side," but for albums, the order of songs was hard to get around. No programming past something, no touching a button for "skip." It was between "Sexy Sadie" and "Long, Long, Long (Time)."
Lyrics

3. "Hold Me Tight"
4. "All My Loving"
While Wikipedia's a good source, there's something else on Beatles songs, and that's Alan Pollack's musicological notes. He looks at the songs from a technical musical standpoint. Here's a tiny bit of what he wrote about this one:
Also special is the way in which the song opens in the midst of the action without an intro, or even a downbeat from which the singer can grab his opening cue note; somewhere on the studio tape I'll bet someone plays the note 'A' for Paul just before they start. Clearly, the Boys liked this trick sufficiently to reuse it from time to time; just browsing among the two dozen-odd songs we've looked at in this series, there's "She Loves You", "It Won't Be Long", "Any Time At All", "No Reply", and "You're Going To Lose That Girl". In "All My Loving" (as in "No Reply"), the abruptness of the effect is enhanced by the first chord not being the tonic chord i.e. I of the home key. (click for more)
5. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
6. "With a Little Help from My Friends"
7. "It Won't Be Long"
This is just a little bit of the song, because I couldn't find a good file with the whole thing; sorry.
8. "I've Just Seen a Face"
9. "Let It Be"
10. "Come Together"
11. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
12. "If I Fell"
13. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
14. "Dear Prudence"
15. "Flying"
16. "Blue Jay Way"
17. "I Am the Walrus"
18. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
19. "Because"
20. "Something"
21. "Oh! Darling"
22. "Strawberry Fields Forever"
23. "Revolution"
24. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
25. "Across The Universe"
26. "Helter Skelter"
This song's in the movie twice by different characters, and this is the movie-song order...
27. "Happiness is a Warm Gun"
28. "A Day In The Life" -
just an instrumental in the movie
29. "Blackbird"
30. "Hey Jude"

Lyrics
31. "Don't Let Me Down"
32. "All You Need is Love"
(featuring a brief segment of "She Loves You" performed by Joe Anderson) 33. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
(Out of sequence:) "And I Love Her" - brief extract