About the song

Ah, yes, The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” A song that transcended its time to become an enduring anthem of peace and unity. Released in 1967, amidst the throes of social and political upheaval, it struck a powerful chord with a message that resonated across generations.

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John Lennon, credited alongside Paul McCartney for the composition, though heavily influenced by Lennon’s vision, poured his idealistic spirit into the song. It arrived at a time when The Beatles themselves were undergoing a period of artistic exploration, having shed their earlier pop sensibilities and embracing a more psychedelic sound. “All You Need Is Love” mirrored this shift, with its free-flowing melody, unconventional structure, and playful horn section.

But the song’s true brilliance lies in its lyrical simplicity. The mantra-like repetition of the title phrase, “All you need is love,” became a powerful rallying cry. It was a message of hope amidst the Vietnam War protests, the Civil Rights Movement, and a burgeoning counterculture movement yearning for a more peaceful world.

The genius of Lennon’s message lies in its universality. It transcends age, race, and cultural divides. Love is a concept understood by all, and in its most basic form, it embodies the very essence of human connection. Here, love is not simply confined to romantic love, but rather expands to encompass a broader sense of compassion, understanding, and acceptance.

The song’s impact transcended the musical sphere. “All You Need Is Love” was chosen as the theme song for “Our World,” the first live global television broadcast in 1967. This historic event brought together viewers from 67 countries, and The Beatles’ performance served as a powerful symbol of global unity. With millions tuning in, the song’s message of love resonated on an unprecedented scale.

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“All You Need Is Love” continues to hold a special place in our collective musical consciousness. It has been covered by countless artists, used in countless films and television shows, and remains a popular choice at weddings and other celebratory occasions. Its enduring legacy is a testament to the power of music to speak to our deepest human needs and inspire a yearning for a more harmonious world.

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Lyrics

“All You Need Is Love”

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

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

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

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

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

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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
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Yesterday (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)