We pay tribute to the musical genius with his 10 greatest song lyrics.
Across the Universe (1967)
“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither wildly as they slip away,
Across the universe.”
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1967)
“Picture yourself on a boat in a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”
“You say you want a revolution, well, you know,
We all want to change the world.”
Give Peace a Chance (1969)
“Everybody’s talking about revolution, evolution, masturbation,
Flagellation, regulation, integrations,
Meditations, United Nations,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.”
Come Together (1969)
“I am he as you are he,
As you are me and we are all together.”
“Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.
Imagine all the people, living life in peace . . .
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
Jealous Guy (1971)
“Oh my I didn’t want to hurt you,
I’m just a jealous guy.
I was feeling insecure,
You might not love me anymore,
I was shivering inside.”
Mind Games (1973)
“Love is the answer and you know that for sure,
Love is a flower, you got to let it, you gotta let it grow.”
I’m the Greatest (1973)
“I’m the greatest and you better believe it, baby!
I’m gonna be the greatest in this world,
In the next world and in any world.”
Beautiful Boy (1980)
“Before you cross the street, take my hand.
Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy making other plans.”