Because (2:19)

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From Abbey Road and 19 other releases

“Because” is a ballad written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and performed by The Beatles. It features a 3-part harmony vocal performance between Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison, overdubbed three times to make nine voices in all. The results of this have been compared in sound to The Beach Boys. It appeared on the 1969 album Abbey Road, and is the song that precedes the extended medley that formed side two of the original LP record.
“Because” by The Beatles was inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” … BACKWARDS.

John Lennon tells the story of the origin of that song: I was lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano. Suddenly, I said, “Can you play those chords backward?” She did, and I wrote “Because” around them. The song sounds like “Moonlight Sonata,” too.


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Ah, because the world is round, it turns me on
Because the world is round, ah

Because the wind is high, it blows my mind

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  • mbdavidson67

    agreed jomabbs, but you have to admit that the simple appeggios by George and the tight harmonies with crescendoing volumes within the musical flow of the song are what make us LOVE the Beatles and their musical artistry!

    11 Mar 2:27pm Reply
  • jomabbs

    The first day I bought this album and played it, I thought what were they on.

    25 Feb 11:09pm Reply
  • Storchel


    9 Feb 10:07am Reply
  • theironictea


    1 Jan 2:40pm Reply
  • silversurfer250


    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jc3usa

    Fucking epic!!!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Amorphis92

    Supposedly, this is Beethoven's Moonlight sonata played backwards

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • taisocardoso

    me arrepio ouvindo essa música...

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    I know Come Together is a more popular song, but this is Lennon's finest moment on Abbey Road.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    Wow, I think they fixed it for once.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    Great song (maybe my favorite Beatles Song), but this is the Love version, not the Abbey Road version. Someone needs to get their info correct.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Graveyard_Poet

    Alongside "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Because" is the Beatles' most innovative studio production and their most awe-inspiring track. Best use of the band's vocal harmonies.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vspeedoflight

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    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • daveandi


    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AJGilpin

    Fascinating...but I miss the accompanying music. One of my favourite chord progressions.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BaileyJaneMia

    Oh boy, How I love the Beatles soo soo much!<3

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    The Beatles...accapella!

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • fakehead

    Love version is haunting, to say the least.

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    because the sky is blue it makes me cry.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • CloserToTheSun_

    Gah soo beautiful in a capella!

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
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