Song of the Day #4,524: ‘All You Need Is Love’ – The Beatles

In 1967, as many as 700 million people worldwide watched Our World, the first ever live international satellite broadcast. The show featured segments by 14 different countries, presenting scenes of their choice (Japan showed the construction of the Tokyo subway system, while Canada showed a rancher herding cattle).

The United Kingdom won the night by offering up The Beatles, at the height of their popularity, debuting a new song. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need Is Love’ for the occasion, deliberately penning a tune so simple that anybody in the world could easily sing along.

Their broadcast, which included guests Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and many others, was instantly iconic, and the song was embraced by the counterculture. The track was released later that year, with overdubs, on the Magical Mystery Tour album.

Despite its significance to the peace movement, I’ve always been annoyed by this song. The opening verses are great, but once the chorus kicks in it’s all downhill. I don’t need to hear anybody, even The Beatles, singing “love is all you need” for what seems like 15 minutes.

[Intro]
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

[Verse 1]
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

[Verse 2]
Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

[Chorus]
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

[Chorus]
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

[Verse 3]
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

[Chorus]
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

[Outro]
All you need is love (All together now)
All you need is love (Everybody)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
(Yesterday)
(Oh yeah)
(She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Oh, yesterday)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,524: ‘All You Need Is Love’ – The Beatles

  1. Andrea katz says:

    I agree totally!

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I suppose the same criticism could be made about “Give Peace a Chance” and, frankly, most anthemic songs like this. Much like extended guitar solos, they work in a particular context like a live performance or rally, but not really for casual listening.

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