All-time favorite psychedelic song:
a swirling synaptic overload set to music.
A kaleidoscopic pulsing vibration sent forth across the cosmos…
beyond the realms of Dionysian epiphany
into implosions of intensified light and unearthly color.
I always wondered about the strange syllables before the transcendent feedback at the start of this song. I now know that one of the Beatles was saying “to your mother” but before learning that, I always heard it as some sort of primordial mantra of creation –
like saying “Let there be light”, as if George was speaking some sort of very powerful syllabic combination in a state of meditation:
TU – YO – MOH ! ♫♪♫♪
and then the worlds and the cosmos are brought forth into being.
Oh my God – those first bursts of melody from the organ – they undo my soul completely.
Yes – I’m getting verbose – sorry, but that’s what beautiful psychedelia does to me.
This song is so full of celestial synesthesia it has sometimes reduced me to tears. Part of it is because I had the album as a child and I loved it in an innocent way for years before I ever knew or cared about altered states of consciousness. The Beatles generally affect me in that way. I was very sad when George passed away. If you like this song as much as I do you may enjoy the image I found by Mati Klarwein to accompany it (although no mere image will ever do justice to the empyrean vibrations of this universal anthem). Lyrics are HERE