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Across The Universe

Lyrics

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
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Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
full lyrics

Features of This Track

mellow rock instrumentation
folk influences
mild rhythmic syncopation
intricate melodic phrasing
major key tonality
melodic songwriting
acoustic rhythm guitars
subtle use of acoustic piano
abstract lyrics

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Comments

Reminds me to Joe Arroyo
Please interpret, I can't know everything and I'm to lazy to Google!
She sounds stoned out of her mind on this.
darwinsimmon s
Sounds like the Beatles to me!
Perfect
This makes me cry
rollinrolly
This song always takes me back to Pleasantvill e .
Great version. Well done Fiona
I could picture me spinning around a meadow looking up the sky :P lolol so mellow
I love it but that just me LOL
johnhen
So dreamy!
this song is so relaxing :>
diosagoddess
I had to change the song before my ears died.
physicsgirl1 3
Great cover! I love it AND the original...
christines_1 2 3
this is a good cover... nothing else. And it is NOT better than the Beatles, all of you under 40 types.
Love this version!
This version is definitely more whimsical than the Beatles' version. I prefer this version also.
cpfischer
I much prefer this to the Beatles version.
limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns... simply awsome song!
She sounds like she's baked...
amazing!!!!! ! !
stickly98
Better than the Beatles version.
NOT TERIBLE, HORRIBLE! FIONA APPLE'S VOICES IS LIKE TWO CATS FIGHTIN OR BETTER YET SCRAPING YOUR NAILS AGAINST A CHALKBORARD. SHE MUST HAVE RICH PARENTS WHO REALLY LOVE HER.
This is NOT from the movie "Across the Universe,' but it IS from "Pleasantvil l e , " the soundtrack to the movie!
not terrible
I like it BETTER THAN THE BEATLES!!
This song is not better than the original, but it's a great cover. You cannot improve on The Beatles.
She sounds a little tipsy on this!
I'm not a huge fan of Fiona Apple or cover songs in general, but this is a very nice cover......
Every cover gets at least 1 word wrong. Aah well.
Apple Corps Ltd. should sue her for trademark infringement regarding her last name and could possibly be awarded punitive damages because of this rotten cover.
I agree with the posters who know good music and disagree with the philistines. You know who you are.
<3
Technically, "better than the original" is a scientific impossibilit y . If the Beatles never wrote the song, you would just be listening to Fiona Apple singing a Fiona Apple song, or possibly "Maneater" by Hall and Oates. Having said that, this is an excellent cover of the classic Beatles song.
the only good version i've heard!
This is the best cover of this song.
awesome!
Rufus Wainwright does a nice version too!
Great~
gabm167
I agree with some other posters. Better than the Original, the way she plays with the words & how melodic the song is. I love it.
love,love
april.jade.m c a f e e
Love this song....
wrecking_sil v e r
love this version. <3
i absolutely love both versions
an6344
Tailcoatman: I believe the cover was actually a single and they put a few live versions of some of her most popular songs on it as well. It's not a full-length album.

On another side note: Maybe it's not her being lazy per se. I guess I worded that wrong when I said that. I guess I just expected more from her. She does rock which is why I could have seen her doing more with this song. It's the Beatles - bring your A-game or don't bother.
wingracr16
To tailcoatman:

Hey, I love Dylan too, but Hendrix OWNS All Along the Watchtower. There are plenty of other examples out there as well.
tailcoatman
In regards to Wingracr16's comment: Why does every one think other people do Dylan songs better than Bob Dylan? I would argue that most Bob Dylan covers are more the second idea than the first. Mainly because no one ca do what Bob Dylan does and sound good. Even Bob Dylan sometimes.

I like this version of Across the Universe. But I find it slightly annoying when an artist names an album after a cover. That's just me though.
eric.ucsf
This is not only my favorite Beatles song but my favorite John Lennon song, and I resisted the idea of someone covering it at first, even Fiona Apple. But I love this version. She gave her own interpretati o n of it, and I don't think it's lazy. It's peaceful.

Also, one of the greatest music videos ever:

http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 8 g L W T t l M w o 4
wingracr16
When covering a song, an artist has a choice to make.
1. Do the song better than the original. For example: all the #1 hits various artists have had covering Dylan songs.
2. Give the song a completely new spin and make it your own. For example: Chris Cornell's cover of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean.

Unfortunatel y , Fiona didn't quite accomplish either goal with this. While it is not terrible, it's not what I expect from a great artist like Fiona Apple.
aggielink
I don't know the singer at all, but this is faraway enough from the original that it can stand alone quite well, though NO ONE can beat John at his own thang. :)
an6344
Not bad, but definitely not better than the original. I absolutely love Fiona but in this song she just sounds lazy. For her it sounds somewhat monotone and unenthused - lacking passion. She fell flat. I just think she could have done something more with it. When you're covering a Beatles song you better put your all into it. Still it's pretty - I just expected something more from her.
How can you not like this version? I prefer The Beatles' original of course, but this is a fantastic cover. You don't have to pretend to dislike a song JUST because it's a cover.

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