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The Beatles — Tomorrow Never Knows
Album: Revolver
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8.4

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Total ratings: 3208









Released: 1966
Length: 2:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Turn off your mind
Relax and float down stream
It is not dying
It is not dying

Lay down all thought
Surrender to the void
It is shining
It is shining

That you may see
The meaning of within
It is being
It is being

That love is all
And love is everyone
It is knowing
It is knowing

That ignorance and hate
May mourn the dead
It is believing
It is believing

But listen to the
Colour of your dreams
It is not living
It is not living

Or play the game
Existence to the end
Of the beginning
Of the beginning

Of the beginning
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 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this the first pyschodelic album? 
 

Rubber Soul.
Guys were sampling themselves before sampling was possible/the thing.
 ImaOldman wrote:
More than 250 people rated this song a 5 or less, 79 of them rated it a 1. I didn't realize that many hearing impaired folks listened to RP...
 

The are 1,182 RPs with excellent hearing.
Yeah but....LSD was still legal in 1966? 
Astonishing still, even after 50+ years. A ten, of course. 
The original sampling?
Is this the first pyschodelic album? 
 ace-marc wrote:
first ever mainstream psychedelic song?
what the heck did listeners in 1966 make of this?
oustanding tune - were the Beatles even better  when they stepped away from their more
familiar pop recipe?
 
It is easy and hard to answer that question at the same time.  It was brand new and fresh and catchy to boot.  Even more important was that when we were young un's back then it meant that we would not be listening to Lawrence Welk and Mantovani or Perry Como like our parents when we got to their age that we are today.  That thought scared me to death growing up as a kid back then.
This could have been released yesterday. Brilliant tune.
my favorite beatles tune, hands down. amazing piece of work. 50+ years old and still fresh. 
This sounds sooooo much like the chemical brothers it is amazing
I hear the Beatles every day.  In my car, on TV, in the store.  I know 95% of their songs and I generally lump them into two categories, pop and psychedelic. .  All of a sudden it hits me - is this the song that crossed the Rubicon?
People that think The Beatles were just another band, need to hear this song in the context of 1966. Truly groundbreaking in many ways. Again.
first ever mainstream psychedelic song?
what the heck did listeners in 1966 make of this?
oustanding tune - were the Beatles even better  when they stepped away from their more
familiar pop recipe?
Never really appreciated the brilliance of this piece until I watched the Madmen episode  featuring the song. Don Draper was not a fan, but I appreciated it much more after her (re)introduction. Thank you, Megan Draper!
Electro-acoustic sound manipulation.  Tripping, 1966.  Ground breaking.

That love is all
And love is everyone
It is knowing
It is knowing
Whatever you might think of The Beatles music, I don't think the power of this piece can be denied. This changed the landscape. If you have not already, search out the story behind it. It's important.
One of the most revolutionary songs in the history of mankind... or even more
 Steely_D wrote:
Fifty two years ago... How can anyone doubt the Beatles' importance in the history of music?
 
Someone that vote 0 and i think don't know nothing about music and story.

Not all people have to love the Beatles but without Beatles, Stones and most of 60's great groups and artists don't exists neighter rap, hi-hop, trance, metal, death and much more genres that loves who vote 0 for Beatles.
I like the porpoise sounds.
More than 250 people rated this song a 5 or less, 79 of them rated it a 1. I didn't realize that many hearing impaired folks listened to RP...
Fifty two years ago... How can anyone doubt the Beatles' importance in the history of music?
 Proclivities wrote:


 
I'm not sure why you are taking such an aggressive tones with MassivRuss.  His post was clearly sarcastic and/or facetious.  If you would've checked his profile you'd see that he gives several Beatles songs - including this one - very high ratings.  I guess sarcasm doesn't always translate well when written.

 
You, of course are correct and I don't know what was going on with either my sarcasm detector or tone moderator that day.  I suspect I had just switched tabs from political commenting.  Gotta watch that.
Happy 4/20.
 zenhead wrote:
This piece never fails to astonish me. Even with the tech of today, I don't hear anything like this. To think this was all done by hand with analog tape, (and a clever engineer, routing the vocal thru a Leslie speaker), blows me away.
 

 
To think this was recorded in 1966 blows me away. 
Budhist music...
This is one of the best Beatles songs ever, if not *the* best...at least in terms of lyrics and message.
Love the drums and backward music!  I find myself going into a meditative state when I listen to this song and focus on the lyrics.

The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows

I now increase from 8 to  9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  


Hard to rate any song as godlike.  But this one...easy.
Every time I hear this song, I just want to go find the biggest floor pillow I can find and go sit down cross-legged in it.
GREAT segue from Radiohead's Daydreaming to TNK. Landed squarely on it's feet it did!
One of my pinnacle Beatles tunes...never gets old.
 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone in their right mind think this is good music.  It literally hurts my head listening to it.

thank goodness for PSD. 

 
Thank goodness for LSD. Otherwise this music would have never been created.
SHEER BRILLIANCE!!! Don't even try to tell me otherwise!
 Bat wrote:

It's a lost cause.  It has been misused so much that dictionaries now list both meanings as acceptable.  Using "literally" for hyperbolic emphasis is now allowed.  Literally and Figuratively are now synonyms. 

It makes me so mad that steam is literally coming out of my ears! 

 
A year after the fact, thank you Bat for the defense.
 Proclivities wrote:
I'm not sure why you are taking such an aggressive tones with MassivRuss.  His post was clearly sarcastic and/or facetious.  If you would've checked his profile you'd see that he gives several Beatles songs - including this one - very high ratings.  I guess sarcasm doesn't always translate well when written.
 
I stand corrected.  I remember wondering if the comment was sarcastic, and concluded on the other side of correct.  Should have checked before I typed. It was fun looking at it in context to other 1966 songs though.
This piece never fails to astonish me. Even with the tech of today, I don't hear anything like this. To think this was all done by hand with analog tape, (and a clever engineer, routing the vocal thru a Leslie speaker), blows me away.
 
10. Yes, Godlike.
 MassivRuss wrote:
1966 people - One Nine Six Six!!!

50 years ago.

Yea the Beatles are for old square farts.  


 kingart wrote:

Perhaps you can explain why, 47 years after their dissolution, the Fab Four are annually still among the best selling bands and brands of music, movies and ancillary items. In fact, many current buyers hadn't yet been born when their final hits The Long and Winding Road and Let it Be had their last plays as current songs on the airwaves. Unless you consider a 35 year old an old square fart. Beg your pardon. 

Save the put downs or cynicism for fans of (insert any 2000s' musical act here) that will be shuffling out of the cycle when next you hear Can't Buy Me Love (1964) or All You Need Is Love (1967) on your radio, or on RP. 



 Typesbad wrote:

That is kind of the point with this song, though.  1966!!  Here is a listing of the top songs of 1966. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_1966
Good songs, many of them, but none anywhere close to as innovative as this one.  "Good Vibrations" is the only one that even comes close.  That in part ,is what us old farts find so attractive about Beatles songs.  Too bad for you that you weren't there.

 

 

I'm not sure why you are taking such an aggressive tones with MassivRuss.  His post was clearly sarcastic and/or facetious.  If you would've checked his profile you'd see that he gives several Beatles songs - including this one - very high ratings.  I guess sarcasm doesn't always translate well when written.
This still blows me away...
{#Sunny}       {#Drummer}
 MassivRuss wrote:
1966 people - One Nine Six Six!!!

50 years ago.

Yea the Beatles are for old square farts.  

 
That is kind of the point with this song, though.  1966!!  Here is a listing of the top songs of 1966. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_1966
Good songs, many of them, but none anywhere close to as innovative as this one.  "Good Vibrations" is the only one that even comes close.  That in part ,is what us old farts find so attractive about Beatles songs.  Too bad for you that you weren't there.
 MassivRuss wrote:
1966 people - One Nine Six Six!!!

50 years ago.

Yea the Beatles are for old square farts.  

 
Perhaps you can explain why, 47 years after their dissolution, the Fab Four are annually still among the best selling bands and brands of music, movies and ancillary items. In fact, many current buyers hadn't yet been born when their final hits The Long and Winding Road and Let it Be had their last plays as current songs on the airwaves. Unless you consider a 35 year old an old square fart. Beg your pardon. 

Save the put downs or cynicism for fans of (insert any 2000s' musical act here) that will be shuffling out of the cycle when next you hear Can't Buy Me Love (1964) or All You Need Is Love (1967) on your radio, or on RP. 

Go Ringo!!!


 below72 wrote:

Dazzerb....hear it?  I don't know about PSD.  PTSD, LSD, SSD, DDT, RSVP - I know all of those.  But HEY!!!
You hear it, right?  Listen.  Listen!!  It's the mating-call of "THE DONALD"  You hear it don't you?
Yeah - he wants YOU!  I say YOU!  YOU, can be "The Donald's" press secretary, or campaign manager, or hairdresser.  Just think of it! YOU can ruin (I mean RUN) his presidential campaign. Maybe even be VICE-PRESIDENT!!!
The more fools on that paper boat - the better.  Yeah, he doesn't like Beatles either.  So go and have some more PSD.
{#Propeller} 

 

Did he...hear you? I'm afraid so. However, neither DT nor HC would probably have been much supported by the B...




1966 people - One Nine Six Six!!!

50 years ago.

Yea the Beatles are for old square farts.  
Wayyyyy ahead of its time.
{#Music}
through all decades- brilliant.was a boy of 14 and guest in England when Revolver came out and I bought it there. in mono! Later home in Hamburg,Germany it appeared - in stereo..... Tomorrow never knows is my favorite song.
 easmann wrote:

Oh, I had to look that up and, all right, I'll concede that literally has gained acceptance as hyperbole when used by itself, but it has not lost its literal meaning by that acceptance (though it is weakened), and I respectfully contend that its use in a sentence in which it is combined with "and figuratively" (and in which obviously only the figurative sense is true) still constitutes a misuse as it implies, by juxtaposition with figuratively, that the literal sense is meant to be taken factually and actually in addition to the figurative. But that does not change the fact that you are right: it's a lost cause.

I pray you survived that super-heated brain episode. : )

 
Keep fighting the good fight, easmann.  If the dark ages are approaching again, some people have to maintain the light, regardless of trendy, corrupted standards.
Yessss! More Beatles please
Chemical Bros  'let forever be' ?  anyone spot the similarity....50yrs ago.   AWESOME !!
 iloveradio wrote:
In the 1960s at the beginning of their height of popularity, Lennon/Beatles were literally and figuratively crucified when Lennon dared say that they were more popular than Jesus Christ. Record burning ensued by our early religious Taliban. Personally, I'd rather see the second coming of John Lennon instead of JC anytime.

 easmann wrote:
Thanks for sharing your opinion. Just to be clear though they were not literally crucified. I think some folks literally do not understand what literally means. Edit: Sorry Shmelo. : (

 
Bat wrote:
It's a lost cause.  It has been misused so much that dictionaries now list both meanings as acceptable.  Using "literally" for hyperbolic emphasis is now allowed.  Literally and Figuratively are now synonyms. 

It makes me so mad that steam is literally coming out of my ears! 
 
Oh, I had to look that up and, all right, I'll concede that literally has gained acceptance as hyperbole when used by itself, but it has not lost its literal meaning by that acceptance (though it is weakened), and I respectfully contend that its use in a sentence in which it is combined with "and figuratively" (and in which obviously only the figurative sense is true) still constitutes a misuse as it implies, by juxtaposition with figuratively, that the literal sense is meant to be taken factually and actually in addition to the figurative. But that does not change the fact that you are right: it's a lost cause.

I pray you survived that super-heated brain episode. : )
 easmann wrote:

Thanks for sharing your opinion. Just to be clear though they were not literally crucified. I think some folks literally do not understand what literally means. Edit: Sorry Shmelo. : (

 
It's a lost cause.  It has been misused so much that dictionaries now list both meanings as acceptable.  Using "literally" for hyperbolic emphasis is now allowed.  Literally and Figuratively are now synonyms. 

It makes me so mad that steam is literally coming out of my ears! 
 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone in their right mind think this is good music.  It literally hurts my head listening to it.

thank goodness for PSD. 

 
Dazzerb....hear it?  I don't know about PSD.  PTSD, LSD, SSD, DDT, RSVP - I know all of those.  But HEY!!!
You hear it, right?  Listen.  Listen!!  It's the mating-call of "THE DONALD"  You hear it don't you?
Yeah - he wants YOU!  I say YOU!  YOU, can be "The Donald's" press secretary, or campaign manager, or hairdresser.  Just think of it! YOU can ruin (I mean RUN) his presidential campaign. Maybe even be VICE-PRESIDENT!!!
The more fools on that paper boat - the better.  Yeah, he doesn't like Beatles either.  So go and have some more PSD.
{#Propeller} 
 Lazarus wrote: 
Could your space alien friends kidnap Drumpf? You could be the write-in GOP candidate.

 

Kaw wrote:
This is proof that Radiohead imitates the Beatles ;)
2 years before Tom Yorke is born. Amazing.

   

If Radiohead is imitating the Beatles, they're doing a crap job. One of the latest Radiohead tunes preceded this brilliance; the difference was like night and day.
 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone in their right mind think this is good music.  It literally hurts my head listening to it.

thank goodness for PSD. 

 
Then go back to listening to Beiber. This is too complex for you.
The best psychedelic song. {#Propeller}
I hate melody, but adore emotions of this song. LSD converted into music.
how can anyone in their right mind think this is good music.  It literally hurts my head listening to it.

thank goodness for PSD. 
 iloveradio wrote:
In the 1960s at the beginning of their height of popularity, Lennon/Beatles were literally and figuratively crucified when Lennon dared say that they were more popular than Jesus Christ. Record burning ensued by our early religious Taliban. Personally, I'd rather see the second coming of John Lennon instead of JC anytime.
 
Thanks for sharing your opinion. Just to be clear though they were not literally crucified. I think some folks literally do not understand what literally means.
 iloveradio wrote:
In the 1960s at the beginning of their height of popularity, Lennon/Beatles were literally and figuratively crucified when Lennon dared say that they were more popular than Jesus Christ. Record burning ensued by our early religious Taliban. Personally, I'd rather see the second coming of John Lennon instead of JC anytime.

 
I don't think you know what the word literally means.
In the 1960s at the beginning of their height of popularity, Lennon/Beatles were literally and figuratively crucified when Lennon dared say that they were more popular than Jesus Christ. Record burning ensued by our early religious Taliban. Personally, I'd rather see the second coming of John Lennon instead of JC anytime.
Nice Bill - another excellent transition..... after RH's Daydreaming!  You are ON today! {#Cheers}
after Radiohead 'Daydreaming', damn Bill how did you know?
 rpdevotee wrote:
...and Thank You for playing the real deal this time and not that travesty cover remake version I hope to never hear again RP!

 
There are seven different versions of this song on RP (not to mention a pretty awesome cover by Phil Collins, off of the Face Value album, which is not here). Which one  are you referring to?
Love this album.  Really like the way Star plays within the song, no extra fluff, just driving things along.{#Drummer}
There's almost a drum n bass rhythm running through this. Only 40 yrs before drum n bass!
Another genius collaboration with Sir George Henry Martin.
 bendame wrote:
The only Beatles song worth playing. 

 
Except for about 100 others. 
My favorite album of all time...besides Rubber Soul natch!
 
It really is amazing how different this was from so much of what was being played at that point....
This is so fresh and unique for it's time.
Sounds like a 90's sample.
Hasn't anyone sampled this?
Im in love with those guys! 
I like the Revolver album, it was like a turning point. Probably coincided with their first use of LSD... probably... lol!!!  {#Cheesygrin}
This is proof that Radiohead imitates the Beatles ;)
2 years before Tom Yorke is born. Amazing.
 bendame wrote:
The only Beatles song worth playing. 

 
?!?  I guess that's why they never made it big!  LOL
 merobreno wrote:

It would be released but, it would not be heard.

 
Except on Radio Paradise!
The only Beatles song worth playing. 
One of the truly groundbreaking rock songs, although the 801 Live cover version is just about as good and goes even further.  Phil Collins version wasn't bad either, but you can't go wrong with The Beatles!
...and Thank You for playing the real deal this time and not that travesty cover remake version I hope to never hear again RP!
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
GODLIKE

GODLIKE

GODLIKE

GODLIKE

 
God approaching...a "how to" song
 Skydog wrote:
Ah yes, "Tomorrow Never Knows", look up the Billborad Top 100 for 1966 and you'll see how far advanced Lennon and crew was.

 
And all these years I thought that it was Ringo's band
GODLIKE

GODLIKE

GODLIKE

GODLIKE
 Steely_D wrote:

Except it would never be released today. 

 
Why not? Dude, you're on RP. You have no excuse to not understand the vastness of musical experimentation today. In fact, compared to some of the stuff on my iPod, this would be on the conservative end of the spectrum today.

I'm not discounting the Beatles' genius, but I'm sick of seeing people so enraptured in the past that they write off modern music as "never able to reach that point." Give today a chance, and you'll be convinced.
 ppopp wrote:
Hugely significant tune. One note throughout, and yet completely captivating. One of the greatest experiments in any field, ever.

 
 yessir well said.. {#Cheers}
Hugely significant tune. One note throughout, and yet completely captivating. One of the greatest experiments in any field, ever.
 Pezz9 wrote:
After all these years it is only nonsense with screaming jackals
 

 DanFHiggins wrote:
How could this possibly be 1966?
Wow 

 
Hard to believe. It was definitely another time and place...sigh...
I don't think I've ever seen a better use of a song in a TV show or movie. It was perfect in showing that changes were happening and not everyone was on board with it (yet).

 
bluejay08003 wrote:
I recently saw the Mad Men episode "Lady Lazarus" which includes this track as a symbol of transformations that occurred in the 1960s.  Musical transformations, generational transformations, and cultural transformations.  Just compare it to some of the top hits of 1966. I can see why it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's undeniably important.  

I'm mildly surprised that no one else has posted about this episode.  

 


 meauclaire wrote:
In case you needed proof that not everything the Beatles did was worth while........I give you this.

 
Your proof is insufficient if you consider this song's influence on subsequent artists and especially if you consider that one's tastes and opinions are not things which can be proven or disproved.
 Dazzerb wrote:
tone deaf and awful .....PSD   {#Wall}

 
Now the Irish are bashing on the Brits (See Fred for the reverse).  You folks need to work thru this already.
 Dazzerb wrote:
tone deaf and awful .....PSD   {#Wall}

 
Says a U2 fan. LOL.
In case you needed proof that not everything the Beatles did was worth while........I give you this.
I recently saw the Mad Men episode "Lady Lazarus" which includes this track as a symbol of transformations that occurred in the 1960s.  Musical transformations, generational transformations, and cultural transformations.  Just compare it to some of the top hits of 1966. I can see why it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's undeniably important.  

I'm mildly surprised that no one else has posted about this episode.  
This is on air a lot these days. Feels like I hear it at least once every time I tune in to RP.
Don't mind it but there's a few other notable Beatles pieces as well...
tone deaf and awful .....PSD   {#Wall}
Good Taste
OFF THE SCALE!
Ah yes, "Tomorrow Never Knows", look up the Billborad Top 100 for 1966 and you'll see how far advanced Lennon and crew was.
Not my taste!
An all-timer.
 Steely_D wrote:

Except it would never be released today. 

 
It would be released but, it would not be heard.
TRANSCENDENTAL
These drums go oh so well with 'within you and without you' too
 zigzag wrote:

Indeed.

And there will follow violent jihad against those who support Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

 
As they fight back, "WHERE IS YOUR WOODEN NORWEGIAN GOD NOW?"
 DanFHiggins wrote:
How could this possibly be 1966?
Wow 

 
seriously...way ahead of their time....and about the time I started getting high :^ )
How could this possibly be 1966?
Wow 
 Steely_D wrote:

Except it would never be released today. 

 
Why not?  There's a much wider variety of musical expression released today than there was in 1966.  In a way, it's surprising that the executives at EMI/Capitol consented to releasing this tune back then.
 of the beginning... {#Notworthy}
 Steely_D wrote:

Except it would never be released today. 

 
That's a fact.
Yes, they were humming with an awakening, an awareness, a vibration, and a vitality that continues to resonate and ever shall. Amen.
 gjeeg wrote:
Comment #589.

My notion ~
One day, in the future, The Beatles, John Lennon, will emerge as the subjects of worship, of a new Religion;
Someday, after we are all gone.

 
Indeed.

And there will follow violent jihad against those who support Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


Thank you for playing this tonight. A worthy event for one of the greatest songs ever recorded.
This is one track where even the Beatle haters would be inclined to not say anything negative.
 The_Walrus wrote:
This could be released new today and would still sound innovative. Simply genius.

 
Except it would never be released today. 
This song activates one of my earliest and most terrifying fears : Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds...
All the Bird noises, and the instrumental are simply bone chilling.
 
 gjeeg wrote:
Comment #589.

My notion ~
One day, in the future, The Beatles, John Lennon, will emerge as the subjects of worship, of a new Religion;
Someday, after we are all gone.

 
ummm....  In many ways they have already been so.....
{#Daisy}Yep, feelin' high in the '60s.