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All You Need Is Love

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The Beatles



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The Beatles played this for the first time on the "Our World" project, the first worldwide TV special. Broadcast in 24 countries on June 25, 1967, the show was 6 hours long and featured music from 6 continents, with The Beatles representing Britain. The Beatles were supposedly recording this live during the show, but they used a prerecorded backing track and John Lennon's vocal was redone a few hours later. Eric Clapton mimed guitar on this during the special.

The concept of the song was born out of a request to bring a song that was going to be understood by people of all nations. The writing began in late May of 1967, with John and Paul working on separate songs. It was decided that John's "All You Need Is Love" was the better choice because of its easy to understand message of love and peace. The song was easy to play, the words easy to remember and it encompassed the feeling of the world's youth during that period.
"All You Need Is Love" was a popular saying in the '60s anti-war movement. The song was released in the middle of the Summer of Love (1967). It was a big part of the vibe.
John Lennon wrote this as a continuation of the idea he was trying to express in his 1965 song "The Word." John was fascinated by how slogans effect the masses and was trying to capture the same essence as songs like "We Shall Overcome." He once stated, "I like slogans. I like advertising. I love the telly." In a 1971 interview about his song "Power To The People," he was asked if that song was propaganda. He said, "Sure. So was 'All You Need Is Love.' I'm a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change."
Musically, this song is very unusual. The chorus is only one note, and the song is in a rare 7/4 tempo. (thanks to Dwight Rounds, author of The Year The Music Died, 1964-1972)
It was not until 1983 and the publication of the in the book John Lennon: In My Life by Pete Shotton and Nicholas Schaffner that it was revealed that John Lennon was the primary composer of the song. It is typical of Lennon: Three long notes ("love -love -love") and the rise of excitement with at first speaking, then recital, then singing, then the climax and finally the redemption. This as opposed to McCartney's conventional verse, verse, middle part, verse or A,A,B,A. Lennon felt that a good song must have a rise of excitement, climax and redeeming. (thanks to Johan Cavalli, who is a music historian in Stockholm)
Ringo's second son, Jason, was born the day this hit #1 in the US. Jason is also a drummer.
n the orchestral ending, you can hear pieces of both "Greensleeves," a Bach two-part invention (by George Martin) and Glen Miller's "In The Mood." Royalties were paid to Miller for his contribution.
McCartney sang the chorus to The Beatles 1963 hit, "She Loves You" at the end: "She loves you yeah yeah yeah... She loves you yeah yeah yeah"
John Lennon's hand-written lyrics for this song sold for 1 Million pounds in the summer of 2005. Lennon left them in the BBC studios after The Beatles' last live TV appearance, and they were salvaged by an employee. (thanks, Ryan - Kansas City, MO)
This begins with a clip from the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg on April 25, 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre de l'Armee du Rhin" ("Marching Song of the Rhine Army") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and got its name because it was first sung on the streets by troops from Marseille upon their arrival in Paris. Now the national anthem of France, the song was also once the anthem of the international revolutionary movement, contrasting with the theme of The Beatles song. In the late 1970s, Serge Gainsbourg recorded a Reggae version "Aux Armes et cetera," with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar and Rita Marley in the choir in Jamaica, which resulted in him getting death threats from veterans of the Algerian War of Independence. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Al and Tipper Gore had this song played at their wedding. They married in 1970 and separated in 2010.
George Harrison mentioned this in his 1981 song "All Those Years Ago" with the line, "But you point the way to the truth when you say 'All you need is love.'" Harrison's song is a tribute to John Lennon, who was killed in 1980.
This was used in the climactic final episode of the UK sci-fi series The Prisoner, and was the entrance music for Queen Elizabeth II during the UK Millennial celebrations of 1999. It was also sung by choirs across the kingdom in 2002 during the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
In 2007, this was used in an advertising campaign for Luv's diapers with the lyrics changed to "All You Need Is Luv's." While Beatles songs have been used in commercials before, notably "Revolution" in spots for Nike and "Hello Goodbye" for Target, this peace anthem shilling for diapers didn't go over well with fans who thought it sullied The Beatles legacy. The publishing rights to "All You Need Is Love" and most other Beatles songs are controlled by the Sony corporation and Michael Jackson, which means The Beatles cannot prevent a company from re-recording the song and using it in a commercial.
When asked what his favorite lyric is during an interview with NME, John Lennon's son Sean replied: "My list of favorite things changes from day to day. I like when my dad said: 'There's nothing you can know that isn't known/ Nothing you can see that isn't shown/ Nowhere you can go that isn't where you're meant to be.' It seems to be a good representation of the sort of enlightenment that came out of the '60s."
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Comments (107):

That's all we need LOVE.
- Lada, Zelenograd , Russia Federation
Here is some additional detail on Keith Moon's presence in the studio and on the video:
http://keithmoonmovie.com/keith-moon-records-with-the-beatles
- Keith Moon, Haskell, NJ
Mike: actually, the song alternates between 7/4 and 8/4 time almost throughout. If you count 1-2-3-4-1-2-3 1-2-3-4-1-2-3 over the first two lines of each verse "There's nothing you can do that can't be done" and "There's nothing you can sing that can't be sung," it fits. The third line of each verse "Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game" has you counting 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4. The chorus stays safely in 8/4 time. Seven time is usually VERY difficult to pull off, and is extremely rare in a song about love. More evidence of the Beatles' incredible talent and accomplishment.
- DrYattz, Atlanta, GA
The three long wunderful sacral notes "Love love love" have some simlarities with "Vissi d´arte" in Tosca by Puccini, and both pieces are followed by short notes. That indicates that long notes call for attention, and the short notes are describing something. But I am sure, Lennon never listened on Tosca.
When Lennon the first time presented the song, George Martin -- who mostly prefered McCartney´s more conventional songs -- leaned to McCartney and muttered: "Well, it´s certainly repetitive" ( "The Beatles"
by Bob Spitz, 2005, page 700). Martin didn´t understand that the refrain must be seemingly
monotonous even to the end of the refrain, in order to make the final little step up, more clear and emotional.
Johan Cavalli
- Johan, Stockholm, Sweden
In the STUDIO version, it is clearly PAUL singing "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" at the end. In the video done for the BBC's "Our World" live telecast , John appears to also sing the famous line.
- Tommy G, Scottsdale, AZ
Glen Miller's estate had to sue the Beatles over the use of "In the Mood", for backdated royalties. The song had not been cleared and properly credited. The Beatles blamed producer George Martin for the error.
- P, Lakewood, OH
ACTUALLY, its both Paul AND John singing the "she loves you" at the end. My proof is if you look closely at the performance on Youtube, you can see both Paul and johns mouth singing.(and no its not them chewing the gum) its both of them singing it but you can hear johns voice more than Paul's.
- Lourdes, Arlingtion, TX
People have called me a hippie for listening to this song, and I look NOTHING like one. This song is 100% hippie, so why was it used in the Moulin Rouge movie which happened between 1899 and 1900. Fourty years before John Lennon was born, or evev Rock, not even Rock's mother was born.(aka Jazz)
- Cristian, San Jose, CA
This is an amazing song!
- Thebeatles, Areawesome, AL
The Beatles are one of the best bands ever, they truely amaze me.
- morgan, tyler, TX
Mick Jagger was one that sang the chorus.
- Tom, Canberra, Australia
Best. Song. In. History. Period.
God bless John Lennon.
- Lacey, Chicago, IL
One of the greatest anarchist anthems of all time
- daniel, Gulf Shores, AL
I HATE SONY. They ruin Beatles masterpieces.
- Britt, Boston, MA
Great song and one of the best of the Beatles. I love this song so much. It's a beautiful melody and has a powerful message.
- Breanna, Henderson, NV
Dean, America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Australia... I don't like separating the americas, but that's just me, I know they are different continents really, so that would make them 7
- Connie, Bs. As, Argentina
Both John and Paul were chewing gum while performing the song. (source: "Here, There, and Everywhere" by Geoff Emerick (the Beatles' recording engineer; and it's rather evident in the video)
- katira, new york, NY
i love this song and I love the beatles!! oh and something else, at the beginning if you listen carefully, doesn't it sound like they're saying "blah blah blah"? I know they're saying "love love love" but it sounds like they're saying "blah blah blah" if you think about it XD
- Savannah, Tulsa, OK
Linc, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia. 6. Count them.
- Dean, Sydney,
6 continents? Is there a band from Antarctica? Who are they...
- Linc, Beaumont, TX
Why must everybody think so critically on these songs? You do realize theres always the simple possiblity they could be just songs made to be listened to, calm people down and make them smile when their mood is down? All of its good, they were a very popular band when they were together and still popular I think we should rejoice in that rather than be upset over the facts "he's dead" and "they're on drugs." it doesn't matter,
because all you need is love, and love is all you need. because if all the world was in love, we'd have no war making peace a thing that was always there practically making it non exsistent.
- Heather, Peachland, BC
I sang this song yesterday at a retreat talent show. I actually yelled out the "all together now!" and "everybody!" shouts from Paul, and the audience began to join in. It was a proud moment for myself and my appreciation of The Beatles. Thanks, John.
- Ryan, Portage, IN
way to kill the vibe, gorgom! this isnt a direct reference to war- just love! love is pretty much the only thing that makes life enjoyable- love yourself, love your friends, love nature, love your family, love strangers, and, of course, love the beatles. :-)
- chloe, st. louis, MO
Hello everybody were the beatles so against war that they treated the soldiers horribly? Does anyone understand that peace cannot happen without war? who likes war? NOBODY!! who wants peace? EVERYBODY!! So if these soldiers are drafted and forced to fight and die FOR YOU then why shouldnt you support them? We wouldnt have the rights and freedoms we have now if it wasnt for the revolutionary war. I love the beatles music, but now that figured out what its supporting, i am a little disappointed. One last thing, should we just let other countries push us around so we get our butts kicked? absolutely not!! we must fight back. Thanks for reading, and please leave comments on this comment.
- gorgom, new york city, NY
Someone mentioned that the song is in 7/4.

Only the first 2 measures of the song (John singing love love love) are in 7/4. The song switches after that into 4/4 until the intro section is repeated for 2 bars again after the first chorus.
- Matt, NY, NY
This is such an iconic '60's song, which has led to its disparagement in the intervening years as naive and unrealistic. Nevertheless, the sentiment of the song remains as true as ever. What problem do we face which couldn't be overcome with enough love?
- Chelsea, Atlanta, Georgia
On the anthology video, the video from the One World TV show was computer colorized. It was orginally in black and white, most of the television outside the U.S. wasn't yet in color. You can see Paul's red rose he stuck over his ear. This was done to spite John who told him to wear green, when Paul wanted to wear red.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
On the Anthology, the surviving Beatles and George Martin disagree if this was written specifically for the world TV show. Paul and George didn't think it was, but Ringo and George Martin do. John never said either way before his death.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
it's true that all you need is love. once you have love you have peace.
- eddy, miami, FL
When will people ever shut up about the Paul Is Dead bulderdash?!!?! It's so stupid, and it's an insult to Sir Paul. Tuulia, how would you feel if everyone went around saying "Tuulia's dead!! She was killed three years ago, and her family put in a replacement!" Please, guys! ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
- Lennix, hamburg, Germany
This song is one of the most wonderful songs in the world. I believe that the lyrics have their meaning such as he other songs that Beatles composed.When i listen to this song i feel John Lennon close to me.His voice is so sencere and and make me to believe every word of this song and so it is... all we need is love and love and love and that's all!!!!
- TIMOKLIA, ATHENS, Greece
Anyone else think this song was released about 3 years ahead of its time?
- max, vancouver, Canada
I knew mono has a longer fade for Greensleeves playing the second and final time.
- Daniel Celano, Philadelphia, PA
Not only do we need to give peace a chance, but we need to take that chance to share with each other, the one thing the world is in desperate need of, and that's Brotherly Love! We should all love each other, like Sisters and Brothers!
- Annabelle, Eugene, OR
oh christ, let me settle this for once and for all, it is JOHN LENNON who sings 'she loves you yeah yeah yeah' at the end of the song. It is evident in the video.
- Chris, Charleston, SC
I think this song is a tribute to Paul. It has some strange, cryptic lyrics. He sings, There's nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy. (They know it's all a charade with the new "Paul"). John looks like he's in real pain when he sings this.
Also, in the video he sings "Yesterday, we loved you, yeah, yeah, yeah" while looking at Paul's replacement.
- Roger, tulsa, OK
It's really cool to watch videos of The Beatles playing on stage. They have so much fun with it. John and Paul are more calm when they sing. Paul is just like rocking back and forth. Which is cool. They where their guitars so high up, where as today they wear them lower. I thought that was kind of interesting.
- Rachel, Lennonville, IN
this song is so simple but it says alot. I love it when they add their bits of humanness(sp) to songs. Like Paul and John at the end. I Listen to this to get pumped for my soccer games.
at the end at like 3:33 you can hear in your left earphone one of them singing "Love is all you need" in a high pitched tone. But you may have to turn it up to hear it.
- Sam, Bowie, MD
All we need is precise love, is what they should have written. Our relationships are not precise, but if they were we could change the world -- it all starts in the bedroom and what you do there and afterwards. Curious to learn more? Find me.
- raymond, Sydney , Australia
Is anyone else really annoyed/angry that they used this in a diaper commercial? Seriously, every time that ad comes on, I want to throw something at the TV.
- Sally, South Orange, NJ
this song is so good its sounds like a rock n roll anthem and it probably [no it definitely] is.
- ozzy, fresno, CA
Shelby is right. We should have listen to John but we didn't then. But it's not too late we can still try and change. It might be to late for John he died. We should now take his advice and give peace a chance and love one another. What is the worst that can happen ?
Peace
- Krissy, Boston, MA
What else is there to say about a song so great, (old) and famous? Ya can't really complain about this. Wish we'd all listen to you John, and give peace a chance. Love is real, indeed. We miss you and The Beatles. Whoa, Brian from Portugal...Keith Moon sang in the chrous?!
- Shelby, the other side , United States
It's was Paul and John that sang she loves you at the end.
- Krissy, Boston, MA
I love this song. Now Steve , does Paul need a reason to do anything. I think he thought.....well IDK what he thought. But it's a good song it was a number 1 hit. I just he thought it was good for the end of the song....but we probbaly never know.
- krissy, Boston, MA
The only part i like about in the whole song is where "she loves you" is sang at the end. For me, the rest is so so
- Joe, Bellingham, WA
It is John singing "She Loves You" at the end-no doubt about it. How can you say it was Paul if you didn't even see the clip? I say you didn't because the clip I saw on the Beatles Anthoogy clearly shows John singing it at the end.
- Brian, Sydney, Canada
NO its paul singing shw love your *at the end of all you need is love* but I will check to nigth.

These is no irony because it was just a rumur made up by freaks.

Also Paul Tulsa OK (or is it Tuson AZ) The Beatles had upsets but Paul and John were friends atthe end. The French National Anthem was used because it is a song that glorifies war.
With lyrics like "To arms, citizens! Form your battalions! Let us march, let us march! May impure blood Soak our fields' furrows!

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- Jimi, Detroit , MI
John also whistles "Hello Goodbye" at the end of "Two of Us".
- Brian, Sydney, Canada
Dirk, what are you talking about? As far as I can see, Paul IS playing the bass on the live satellite feed. In fact, he almost flubs a note as well and he gives someone in the audience a look of, "What was that?!".
- Brian, Sydney, Canada
This is definitely not like Paul! Not even close..obviously you don't listen enough to their music. I mean, to say someting like that if you are not well versed in their history is sensational. This song is VERY John. The play on words, the melody lifting off of one note-Paul wrote much more melodically to generalize for a moment here, and the anthem itself. Paul was not as much a messenger of love and peace in his work.
- Brian, Sydney, Canada
Yes, it is John saying "She loves you" at the end. I watched "The Compleat (sic) Beatles", and They had the "AYNIL" video on it, and it clearly shows John saying it.
- Allen, Bethel, AK
all you need is love is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. On the heels of Sgt. Pepper and Strawberry/Penny Lane, the song is a real landmark of popular western culture. Unlike the so called stars of this time and place, the beatles had a profound affect upon western thinking that will never be repeated. Think back, in the '60s how many people listened to songs 40 years on? Love: carson,ashland Pa.
- carson, ashland, PA
yes i noticed the talking. the beatles were always doin that stuff werent they. hahaha paul is dead.. i dont think so
- david, merseyside, England
Did anyboy notice that extra talking that got recorded on the track? At 22 seconds you can hear a guy talking in the background, and it seems like there is a conversation going on in the background. I'm not sure if it's intentional or not, but it's funny to point out. Anybody else notice it?
- JT, Tullahoma, TN
The first orchestral fade-out (before "In The Mood") is actually a two-part invention in F major from J-S Bach.
- a, brussels, Belgium
Paul does not sing "she loves you" at the end if u watch the video for the song its deffinatly john
- Robert, Scranton, PA
It reminds me of "Love life" by "The Rutles".
- Asef, Silkeborg, Denmark
People, just take a look at the 'live' recording sometime, you can answer a lot of things than. It was PAUL'S IDEA to sing 'she loves you' at the end, but JOHN SINGS IT. And this song is not written by Paul and given to John, that's rubbish. John wrote this one and a very good one, which is one of the most famous song of the Beatles. Everyone still sings it sometimes or mumbles the line 'All you need is love"
- Bram, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
They used the French anthem to bother the British politicians who would brag and be so proud about their british Beatles being the first thing seen on satellital tv... then the first thing that appeared was France's anthem... they loved to tease politicians like that! XD
Also, is John who sings "She loves you" and I can confirm it because of why he did it... once during an interview at early 1964, he said "I won't be singing She loves you in a couple of years", then he made this parody of himself...!
- PiBe, Lima, Peru
paul wrote this song while in india..he liked johns vocals and allowed him to do the song
- STE, MANCHESTER, England
Right on Lauren. This is song is beautiful. If it is John Lennon singing She Loves You and the word yesterday, it sounds an awful lot lot like Paul.
- Mary, Atlanta, GA
This is a great song! It's simple, but it's one of the most powerful songs they've ever written! Great job guys!
- Ian, Lethbridge, Canada
Who cares about air, food, and water, when love and sledgehammers is what it takes to deal with stupid people in this world that care that this song isn't called "All You Need is Food, Air and Water"?
- lauren, some place, DE
Love Is Not All You need, what about air, and food, and water
- Aaron, Los Angeles, CA
daniel,it is paul who sings "all together now" & "everybody" if you watch anthology you can clearly see paul singing it
- zach, philly, KS
Another funny thing about this record--John wrote out the lyrics on a piece of paper for the recording/TV show. He wasn't always good at remembering his own lyrics. When the gig was over, he left the piece of paper sitting on his music stand, like a piece of trash for someone to clean up. Except, instead, one of those invited few celebrity audience members snatched it off the stand and kept it as a souvineer. And this year--July 2005, 38 years after the recording--the same piece of paper was auctioned off as Beatle memorabilia for one million dollars. Imagine that. An anonymous collector had ended up with it on the American side of the Atlantic. It would be very interesting to identify him and see if he'd tell you which audience member snatched the trash that night in the Summer of Love.
- dirk, Nashville, TN
This record comes in part from a recording session that was broadcast live around the world by BBC. It looks by today's standards like an ordinary live performance. But the voices we hear on the record are those made live on television on night in June 1967. If you've seen a video of it, you'll see them wearing cans (big earphones) while they're performing. They were all pretty nervous. John is chewing gum maniacally. There is a little audience of celebrities at their feet who are all being very quiet. George Harrison flubbed his guitar solo and, in keeping with their wacky sense of humor and carefree spontaneity, they left it on the record as such. (It actually sounds kind of cool--it fades into the violins. You'd almost think he did it on purpose with that last wretching off-key guitar note. Maybe he did do it on purpose? Wish we could ask him.)They were playing along with a pre-recorded track. (Which is why you hear a bass even though Paul is sitting there without one.) Eric Clapton does NOT play on the record, although he is sitting there somewhere among the celebrity audience. As is Mick Jagger. (Mick was a friend of the Beatles, although he was somewhat annoying to them. The Stones had a much more savvy manager than the Beatles did and the Stones made much more money per record than the Beatles, which continually irritated John and George.... Another story.) John did play a harpsichord on one of the earliest tracks of All You Need is Love to accompany himself, and George did play a violin on one of the early tracks just as a goof. Doubtful that either sound made it onto the final track.
- dirk, Nashville, TN
It is Paul who says 'all together now' and 'everybody'. I know this from the video on the Anthology.
- Sylvia, London, England
Haha! I am listening to this song right now. I love it! In the Anthology videos, there is the 'live broadcast' video of the song and it is HILARIOUS when Paul makes the 'r-r-r-r' sound with his tounge because he looks really surprised as if he didn't mean to do it. Very funny!
- Sylvia, London, England
Good I'm not cdrazy. i thought it was Paul who sang those lines too.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
ya, it was paul who sang all together now and everybody, watch the video
- Grey-ham, Comox, B.c
Go to Mother Natures Son, and read about Ben.
- lee, clearwater, FL
I think it's Ringo who sings "All together now !" and "Everybody !"
- Daniel, Saint-Brieuc, France
At least Paul sing the "She loves you" bit at the end on the Magical Mystery tour cd. I don't have any anthology versions.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
Love the homage they paid to their early work. Just curious, Patti Boyd was there as well as Eric Clapton. So who did Patti go home with? Clapton, Harrison?
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
Another simple message, but the group made it seem unique and original. The use of humor is there too. As simple as the message is, and as simple as the tune is, I still rank it as one of the sophisticated songs of the mid to late Beatles. It is another masterpiece.
- lee, clearwater, FL
you notice that she loves you is sung but yesterday is said from the one hit song, but when paul says "all together now" that's from the song all together now by the beatles. Another point i'd like to make is this is one the magical mystery tour, it is just put onto the yellow submarine soundtrack, but I love this song and it just makes the magical mystery so much better!
- Grey-ham, Comox, B.c, Canada
Thanks, Carissa and Helen. I must say this is one of the first Beatles songs I've heard. I remember my mother listening to it. I love this song dearly.
- Tuulia, Turku, Finland
John sings "She Loves You..." and Paul says "Al Together Now" and "Everybody". It's in the Anthology. This is one of my favorite songs ever! So powerful. The lyrics are just spectacular
- Carissa, La Mirada, CA
Indeed it is. But can we assume it really is Paul?
- Tuulia, Turku, Finland
in the film Yellow Submarine it's the cartoon Paul who sings "all together now" and "everybody".
- Helen, Oxford, England
Actually John isn't singing either "yes it is" or "yes yes yes" and he's definetly not singing "yes he's dead" (no matter how fun it must have been to come up with different clues pointing to Paul's early death). He sings "yesterday". Also, it's John singing "She loves you yeah yeah yeah" in the end, although it sounds hauntingly like Paul.
I might believe the story about the Three Blind Mice.
But Who sings "All together now" and "everybody"?
- Tuulia, Turku, Finland
This song is pretty good, but it has probably the worst guitar solo out of all the Beatles songs.
- George, poopville, IA
Yeah, if you watch the DVD Anthology it is John singing "she loves you" I LOVE THIS SONG. The lyrics are excellent..typical John. This song is one of their bests.
- Niki, Chicago, IL
No, it's John singing "she loves you." Watch the Anthology DVDs.
- David, Ann Arbor,, MI
john doesn't say "yes he's dead" he says "yes it is" as in "love is all you need - yes it is"
- Helen, Oxford, England
No Justin. That's Paul at the end singing "she loves you, Yeah, yeah, yeah.' Not John.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
In the movie Love Actually, this song is played at a wedding as a surpise from the best man. It had a chorus, a singer, and a guitarist, brass, and woodwinds to cover all of the parts in the song. It was well done.
- Kristen, Aurora, IL
Oh, on April 22, 2005.
- Andre, Tampa, FL
I just heard this song used in a commercial, local, I think. It was on Comedy Central at 8:18 PM, eastern. Unfortunately, I forgot what it was about.
- Andre, Tampa, FL
Lennon had the power to change the way you look at life, through a song. Simple lyrics but brilliant. An anthem.
- Daniel, Leeds, England
If you take a look at the bloody, "going-to-war" lyrics of "La Marseillaise", you will appreciate the contrast with the "Love, love..." that follows..
- Daniel, Saint-Brieuc, France
I'm not so sure about this being the quickest written and recorded Beatles' song. "A Hard Day's Night" was written over the course of one night once the Beatles and the movie producers had agreed on the title of the movie (after much of it had already been filmed). They told John and Paul to write a song called "A Hard Day's Night" and the next morning they had it. As for this one, it's beautiful. Especially the rendition for the worldwide sattlite TV broadcast.
- Nader, Durham, NC
A couple of bits of additional trivia I came across re "All You Need Is Love".
John Lennon based the tune on the three chord structure of "Three Blind Mice".
George Harrison played violin for first time in his life on this.
Can anyone confirm these?
- Edward Pearce, Ashford, Kent, England
It is John Lennon singing "She Loves You" at the end of "All You need is Love". It is also very clear in the "All you need is love" music video if you watch it at the end
- Justin, Lawrenceville, NJ
The beginning intro of this song (the French anthem) was sampled at the beginning of The Flaming Lips' "Out For A Walk."
- Bryan, Philadelphia, PA
They were all jokers - you can't really trick yourself, and belief their rubbish, lol. That's what they wanted you to do!
- Mike, Jackson, NJ
Does anyone else see the irony in the
"Paul is dead" stuff at this point? Paul is very much alive, unlike John and George.
- Lauren, Maryville, MO
chet, I believer you're wrong. It's Paul who sings "She Loves You" at the end (unless John is doing a Paul impression).
- Paulo, New York, NY
On the Tv special broadcast, among the people singing chorus were Mick Jagger, Dick Smothers and, I beleve, David Bowie.
- Carroll, Toms River, NJ
No, it really doesn't make me wonder about the whole Paul is dead thing. It's so old now.
- Shirley, Ocean, NJ
In the Pearl Jam song,love boat captain from their newest album (riot act) Eddie Vedder sings "I know it's already been sung can't be said enough all you need is love, love is all you need" This was obviously in referance to this song
- scott, Bismarck, ND
At the end part when John sings, "Yes, yes, yes" if you really listen it seriously sounds more like, "Yes he's dead." Isn't that creepy? Kind of makes you wonder about the whole Paul is dead thing.
- Veronica, West Covina, CA
Among those who sang the chorus were Marianne Faithful, Graham Nash, Jane Asher, Patti Boyd, Keith Moon and Mick Jagger.
- Brian, Funchal Madeira, Portugal
The British have a dislike for each other, so John and Paul, trying to show unity, used the French National Anthem as the intro. It backfired and iritated the French that they used their Nation Anthem.
- Paul, Tulsa, OK
It was actually John Lennon who sang the fade out of"She Loves You". John also sang the word "yesterday", in reference to the Paul McCartney song.(Mark Lewishon)
- chet, saratoga springs, NY
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