Date: June 7 (Saturday)
Time: 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (2 hours)
Topic: Learning English
Presenter: Masaya Kanzaki
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The Beatles / Across the Universe
Words in the lyrics that I didn't know (from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)
to slide somewhere over a surface, twisting or moving from side to side
A snake slithered across the grass.
He slithered down the muddy bank.
1 to touch someone gently in a way that shows you love themￚsynonym stroke
His hands gently caressed her body.
2 to touch something gently, in a way that seems pleasant or romantic
Waves caressed the shore.
1 if a river, stream, road etc meanders, it has a lot of bends rather than going in a straight line
The river meandered gently along the valley floor.
2 to walk somewhere in a slow relaxed way rather than take the most direct way possible
Cows still meander through these villages.
to deliberately encourage people to fight, argue etc
They were charged with inciting racial hatred.
Across the Universe
One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon after hearing his then-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, "going on and on about something". Later, after "she'd gone to sleep—and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream", Lennon went downstairs and it turned into a sort of cosmic song. He began to write the rest of the lyrics and when he was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.
In the morning, Lennon found the paper on which he had written the lyrics and took them down to his piano, where he began to play chords, and find pitches to match the words. The flavor of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon's and The Beatles' short-lived interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967–early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra Jai guru deva om to the piece, which became the link to the chorus. The Sanskrit phrase is a sentence fragment whose words could have many meanings, but roughly translate to "Victory to God divine","hail to the divine guru", or the phrase commonly invoked by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi "All Glory to Guru Deva" then the mystic syllable om, which is theoretically the cosmic sound of the universe and used by monks during meditation.
The song's lyrical structure is straightforward: three repetitions of a unit consisting of a verse, the line "Jai guru deva om" and the line "Nothing's gonna change my world" repeated four times. The lyrics are highly image-based, with abstract concepts reified with phrases like thoughts "meandering", words "slithering", and undying love "shining". The title phrase "across the universe" appears at intervals to finish lines, although interestingly it never cadences, always appearing as a rising figure, melodically unresolved.
In his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon referred to the song as perhaps the best, most poetic lyric he ever wrote.
From Wikipedea : Across the Universe
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