The Word

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About The Word

"The Word" is a song by English rock group the Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded with Lennon on lead vocals. It was first released on their 1965 album Rubber Soul.


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1965
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Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

In the beginning I misunderstood
But now I've got it, the word is good

Spread the word and you'll be free
Spread the word and be like me
Spread the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Every where I go I hear it said
In the good and bad books that I have read

Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Now that I know what I feel must be right
I'm here to show everybody the light

Give the word a chance to say
That the word is just the way
It's the word I'm thinking of
And the only word is love

It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love

Say the word love
Say the word love
Say the word love
Say the word love

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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. Their best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, they later utilised several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions. more »

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Written by: John Winston Lennon, Paul James McCartney

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15 facts about this song

Band Composition
"The Word" is a song by the English rock band "The Beatles". The band consists of members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Album Inclusion
The song is included in their 1965 studio album titled "Rubber Soul."
Song Theme
"The Word" is a departure from The Beatles' earlier pop hits. The song is a psychedelic and soul-inspired tune about the power of love.
Song Composition
Paul McCartney and John Lennon primarily wrote "The Word". However, it is credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership, as was customary for all the Beatles songs composed by them.
Unique Introduction
"The Word" starts with a fade-in, rather than the traditional 'count-in' that was common in music of the time. This was a fairly novel technique in the 1960s.
Music Structure
The song's structure doesn't follow a typical verse-chorus-verse pattern, instead, it uses varied sequence of chords and melodies, showcasing the group's songwriting maturity.
Harmonic Progression
"The Word" demonstrates The Beatles' increasing use of unconventional harmonic progressions and chord structures.
Backing Vocals
All four members of The Beatles performed the backing vocals for this song, giving it a richer, layered effect.
Lyrics Meaning
The lyrics express the theme of universal love, which was a recurring feature in their later works.
Cultural Impact
This song is believed to foreshadow the peace-and-love mantra of the late '60s counter-culture movements.
Recording Session
"The Word" was recorded in a single day on October 10, 1965.
Musical Influence
According to some reports, "The Word" was influenced by Motown and Soul music, which The Beatles were listening to a great deal during that period.
Instrumentation
In addition to their regular instruments, a maraca and a harmonium were used by the band in the recording of this song.
Critical Reception
Although not a hit single, "The Word" has received widespread acclaim from critics and fans for its innovative sound and profound lyrics.
Legacy
This song holds an important place in The Beatles' discography, marking their transition from pop heartthrobs to serious, boundary-pushing artists.

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