Beatles: All You Need is Love Meaning
Song Released: 1967
All You Need is Love Lyrics
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
There's nothing you can make...
anonymous Dec 17th, 2005 12:17am report
Sorry, but I see it as such: There's nothing you can do that can't be done, nothing you can sing that can't be sung... all you need is love. It means more than just "you can do anything" It means, "you can do anything, but anyone can do it. So, that doesn't make you special. You can sing anything , but so can everyone else. So, that doesn't get you by. All you Need is Love because that is what makes every one of us special."
I think it's not as simple as saying "there's nothing you can do that can't be done" = "you can do anything". Grammatically, they don't mean the same thing anyway.
More literally - it just means you can do things that can't be done. Eg it's not possible to walk to the Moon, so you can't walk to the Moon.
The point is, then, I think - he's saying "you can't do the impossible" - all you can do is things that can be done. But that's ok - the important thing is love - that's all you need.
So I think it's meant to be about accepting yourself and loving yourself and everyone else. That loving people is the most important thing - he's saying don't worry about the rest.
This makes more sense when you move beyond the early part of the lyrics and notice:
"Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy:
"Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
So he's ending the song saying just try to be you, just let yourself be where you are meant to be, and let it happen by letting love happen.
anonymous May 17th, 5:21am report
The most philosophical song by them. Words are inspired by the Pible, Old Testament, prophets. Words "Nothing you can..." tells us, that we live in this limited world our limited lives and we're like prisoners here. The only way out to unlimited life and bliss is love. Love is all you need. It is so easy - to be loved and to love. This is the teaching of Buddha, the teaching of Jesus.
(Harri Kingo, Estonia)
anonymous Nov 12th, 2013 11:04am report
Its a tribute to secularism and we dont need God but love for each other. Before the jesuit order introduced secularism in 1798 everyone believed in a god of some discription.
I read John Lennon say that the title and chorus of the song are a joke; that they expected everyone knew they weren't serious and they were making fun of the "flower power" culture that was going on in the US at the time.
Note that accounts of people who saw George Harrison come to the Haight-Ashbury during the "Summer of Love" say he was shocked and dismayed at how dirty everything was that day, and had it not been for some prodding by people around him telling him how bad it would look if people just saw him drive away, he got out of the car and went through the drill with all his fans, but he even said afterward that he expected the neighborhood to be populated by shopkeepers and more middle class types of people, not filthy drug dealers, homeless people and beggars.
John Lennon was one who came over and became a part of the US scene, but the rest of them never did that.
In fact, various actors, musicians and artists from the US tried to connect with the Beatles by going over to the Apple offices and the Beatles kept them at arm's length, not wanting to be involved.
That might have had something to do with the song.
The lyrics "nothing you can do that can't be done" and "xxxxx(something) you can do that can't be xxxx (something)" in every verse, they seem to be saying "Hey, you're not really giving us any unique truth here, Mr. Hippie Man. We've seen this before. You're not all that."
I think the song was a putdown of American Bohemian culture...shortly followed by "Revolution" which was more of the same.
The Beatles were not hippies. They grew up working class, but had middle class values. Kids with left wing values in this country (the US) grew their hair long and worshipped the Beatles, but there was a huge misconception here about what the Beatles politics were.
Most British kids were criticizing their own nation for being too controlled, with their high taxes and conservative ways. They looked at the US as an escape from that. I believe that was the Beatles position, until John Lennon became an anti-war activist, but then that was pretty much after the group broke up.
anonymous Mar 30th, 2012 3:27am report
All you ever need in life is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE..i'm bad bitch for you, destructive and evil witch. I could eat your heart out. Now run...!
I love this song and Beatles rock... yeah!
anonymous Mar 24th, 2012 3:42pm report
All you need is love. Love is a believing creature. Self explanatory.
anonymous Jan 8th, 2012 1:40pm report
I think we are all missing the very first part of the song which was the french national anthem. The English never liked the french much and the french hate everyone. One interpretation from the french states that they are being mocked in the song, by how the french think they are so much better than everyone and the song is stating that they are not and to quit thinking so highly of themselves and that they need love and all we all need is love. Listen to the anthem in the beginning and then see it from this perspective and listen. Makes a lot of sense.
anonymous Jul 31st, 2011 7:43pm report
Simple really, you can't do anything that someone else can't do, so stop argueing and have peace. A true statement.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2011 7:43am report
I think it means that Love is the most important thing. It is what we all really need. Not fame, not money, not being special, but loved.
We are not so special to so something unique that nobody can repeat. Even the best Guinness Book records are improved easily. We should be more modest and give more love and accept more from others. It is what will makes us happy. Everything is about love in this world (just like in "Imagine" )
I read about this guy who used a Wigi board just to check it out. He states that the dead dude on the other side said a lot of things, but the most important thing that he said is love is the most important thing in life. This got me thinking about the track “All you need is love” by the Beatles. So I watched many clips that are attached with the song as well as studied the lyrics and I believe they knew what was going on. The lyrics are simple but effective. They are written to make you think what most of you are thinking, but the lyrics are made to play with your sub-conscious mind. I will get into what I have come to understand of the meaning soon.
I’ve also been doing a bit of research on the law of attraction and have read a very inspiring book by Jerry and Esther Hicks on the teachings of Abraham. With all the information I’ve come across in regards to the study of Quantum physics, I can say that to be able to use the law of attraction, you need love. It’s said many times over and over. If you’ve done your research on this law or read the books, you’d know what I mean.
This is only my opinion, but I think it’s pretty obvious that John is trying to tell the human population that you can create your own reality, and to do that, you need love. The law of attraction proves that you can create your own reality, do what you want, have what you want and be who you want to be. To complete the puzzle of the law of attraction, you must have and show love. We are all created as one on this earth and no one can see it.
Humans are programmed from the second they step foot into the universe. Controlled and governed by laws that are made up. A law is defined as something that is ever changing. Gravity is a law. The laws in which our society lives in today are created to control us and no one sees this because we were never given the opportunity to realise what the truth is. We need to conquer the power of love, not the love of power.
As some would know, the law of attraction was kept a secret from society. It is an never changing law that is hard to see, and there could be many more. The law of attraction (which is scientifically proven if you watch “What the Bleep Do We Know?”) states that “There is nothing you can do that can’t be done… Nothing you can make that can’t be made.” Etc. the song is obvious that we can do anything we put our minds to, all we need is love, and people aren’t realising that. The word love is said so many times throughout the song to plant it subconsciously in our minds. This is the message John is trying to get across, the secret law of attraction. Somebody also mentioned this above.
In one clip I watched for “All we need is love,” at the end of the video, John says, “It’s all in my mind you know!” For those who don’t understand this, the fundamental step of applying the law of attraction is to construct thoughts or ideas in your mind before being able to manifest. This is what John is saying. Consciously we are unaware, subconsciously we are aware, but are ignorant of the truth due to not knowing any better. We were put on this planet to create, and to do that, we need love! Love makes the world go round.
“Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy.”
This line means that life is a game and it’s easy to learn the rules (law of attraction) and once you learn the rules, you can do anything, be anything, and have anything. All you need to do is use the principles of the law, and one of those principles is love!
“No one you can save that can't be saved.”
I may be wrong, but I reckon this one means, we don’t have to die. We can be saved, or we can heal ourselves from poverty and health. But that’s another argument.
“Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It's easy.”
I like this line because, from understanding the movie “What the Bleep do we know?” and also “The Secret” and Bob Proctor, it teaches you to understand your body and know how to use your body. Once you understand your body scientifically, you can learn to create your own reality, and it’s easy. But remember, “All you need is Love.”
This is my opinion, could be way out.
Alex Dawson Jul 7th, 2011 7:26pm report
Imogina is right. You can't do the impossible, but you can do the hardest thing that is possible - lead a happy life.
The rest of the song is just a description of a happy life.
You don't have to play the game anymore, which means you don't need to get anxious about not playing it well.
"Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be."
anonymous Jun 25th, 2011 6:05pm report
All you need is love and you don't need anything else
anonymous Jun 21st, 2011 6:55am report
Obviously we need more than love. For example, everyone needs food, water, shelter, etc. etc. So, "all you need is love" is not referring to physical needs.
Referring to the impossibility of following all of the rules in all religions they say "There's nothing you can do that can't be done. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung"; it is impossible to be perfectly in compliance with all of the rules in any one religion. Then they say "Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.It's easy."; in other words, it does not matter if you are in perfect compliance with any religious prescription, because nobody is; it is impossible to be. You never needed to be anyway. All you need is love. Love to give away.You need love in your heart not religion.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2011 3:02am report
I personally believe that the message was trying to say no matter what you have in your name you won't feel complete without someone to love.
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