Menlove Ave.

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Menlove Ave. by John Lennon

“Here We Go Again”

“Rock & Roll People”

“Angel Baby”

“Since My Baby Left Me”

“To Know Her Is To Love Her”

“Steel And Glass”

“Scared”

“Old Dirt Road”

“Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out)”

“Bless You”

Milk And Honey

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Milk And Honey by John Lennon

“I’m Stepping Out”

“Sleepless Night”

“I Don’t Wanna Face It”

“Don’t Be Scared”

“Nobody Told Me”

“O’Sanity”

“Borrowed Time”

“Your Hands”

“My Little Flower Princess (Forgive Me)”

“Let Me Count The Ways”

“Grow Old With Me”

“You’re The One”

“Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him”

“Stepping Out (Home Version)”

“Interview With J & Y December 8th, 1980”

“Interview With J & Y December 8th, 1980”

Double Fantasy

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Double Fantasy by John Lennon

“(Just Like) Starting Over”

“Kiss, Kiss, Kiss”

“Cleanup Time”

“Give Me Something”

“I’m Losing You”

“I’m Moving On”

“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”

“Watching The Wheels”

“Yes, I’m Your Angel”

“Woman”

“Beautiful Boys”

“Dear Yoko”

“Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him”

“Hard Times Are Over”

“Help Me To Help Myself”

“Walking On Thin Ice”

“Central Park Stroll (Dialogue)”

Rock ‘n’ Roll by John Lennon

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Rock ‘n’ Roll by John Lennon

“Be-Bop-A-Lula”

“Stand By Me”

“Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy”

“You Can’t Catch Me”

“Ain’t That A Shame”

“Do You Wanna Dance”

“Sweet Little Sixteen”

“Slippin’ And Slidin'”

“Peggy Sue”

“Medley: Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'”

“Bony Moronie”

“Ya Ya”

“Just Because”

“Angel Baby”

“To Know Her Is To Love Her”

“Since My Baby Left Me”

“Just Because (Reprise)”

Walls And Bridges

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Walls And Bridges by John Lennon

“Going Down On Love”

“Whatever Gets You Thru The Night”

“Old Dirt Road”

“What You Got”

“Bless You”

“Scared”

“#9 Dream”

“Surprise Surprise”

“Steel & Glass”

“Beef Jerky”

“Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out)”

“Ya Ya”

“Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” [Live with Elton John]

“Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out)” [alternate version]

“John Interviewed By Bob Mercer”

Mind Games

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Mind Games by John Lennon

“Mind Games”

“Tight A$”

“Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)”

“One Day (At A Time)”

“Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)”

“Nutopian International Anthem”

“Intuition”

“Out Of The Blue”

“Only People”

“I Know (I Know)”

“You Are Here”

“Meat City”

“Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)” [home version]

“Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)” [home version]

“Meat City” [home version]

Some Time In New York City

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Some Time In New York City by John Lennon

“Woman Is The Nigger Of The World”

“Sisters, O Sisters”

“Attica State”

“Born In A Prison”

“New York City”

“Sunday Bloody Sunday”

“The Luck Of The Irish”

“John Sinclair”

“Angela”

“We’re All Water”

“Cold Turkey” [Plastic Ono Band live at the Lyceum Ballroom 1969]

“Don’t Worry, Kyoko” [Plastic Ono Band live at the Lyceum Ballroom 1969]

“Well (Baby Please Don’t Go)” [John, Yoko and the Mothers of Invention live at the Fillmore East 1971]

“Listen, The Snow Is Falling”

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

Imagine

Imagine is John Lennon’s second album as a solo artist, and it stands today as the best album of his solo career. Unlike his previous release, Plastic Ono Band, which was raw and sparsely produced, Imagine is quite commercial-sounding.

John may have intentionally set out to make a hit album rather than a personal one, perhaps because Plastic Ono Band had sold less well than Paul McCartney’s McCartney and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

Co-producer Phil Spector helped Lennon achieve the commercial sound he wanted, and Imagine reached #1 in the US and the UK. The album is mostly excellent, with just a few moments that fail to reach the bar set by the rest of the album.

Some of Lennon’s best-known songs are on Imagine, including the title song, which is still the song most-often associated with Lennon. The album also contains what may be Lennon’s most infamous song, “How Do You Sleep?”

John Lennon — Imagine: Track-by-track review

1. “Imagine”
“Imagine” is a beautiful song, with a very simple yet effective arrangement. Musically, the song compares favorably with any of Lennon’s work with the Beatles. One can only assume, however, that those who embrace “Imagine” for its message have not actually listened to its lyrics.

The song tells us that all of mankind’s problems stem from religion, patriotism and capitalism. If we could abandon these beliefs and live in an atheistic, communist society, all people would live in peace and brotherhood. Certainly some do hold those beliefs, but I suspect that many who consider “Imagine” a great song would be opposed to having the ideas it suggests put into actual practice.

“Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic, but because it is sugar-coated it is accepted,” John said about “Imagine”. It seems that he was right.

“Imagine” is what everyone who calls themselves a leader is still unable to do. by ant (24)

2. “Crippled Inside”
“Crippled Inside” is one of the lesser tracks on Imagine. It is an interesting combination of negative lyrics paired with bouncy up-tempo music. The lyrics are quite critical of its subject, but phrased in a way that suits the country-rock/honk-tonk arrangement.

You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
You can comb your hair and look quite cute
You can hide your face behind a smile
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

Fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison plays dobro on the track. “Crippled Inside” is not a bad song, but it isn’t a great one either. Because so much of Imagine is so good, this song suffers by comparison.

3. “Jealous Guy”
“Jealous Guy” is one of the most beautiful songs on Imagine, both musically and lyrically. The piano-based arrangement is perfect for this song, and Lennon’s vocals convey the emotion contained in the lyrics.

John was supposed to be the rocker, and Paul the writer of ballads, but clearly the dichotomy was not that simple. In reality, McCartney has written many great rockers, and Lennon was clearly capable of writing a beautiful ballad, as “Jealous Guy” illustrates.

The melody of this song is taken from a song titled “Child of Nature”, which Lennon wrote in 1968, at about the same time that McCartney wrote “Mother Nature’s Son”. Both had been inspired by a lecture given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is not known why McCartney’s song was chosen over Lennon’s for the White Album, but versions of “Child of Nature” are available on various bootleg recordings.

For “Jealous Guy”, Lennon kept the melody unchanged and rewrote the lyrics.

4. “It’s So Hard”
“It’s So Hard”, a guitar-based rocker, was the B-side on the “Imagine” single. The song’s title is a comment on the nature of life.

You gotta live
You gotta love
You gotta be somebody
You gotta shove
But it’s so hard, it’s really hard
Sometimes I feel like going down

The song’s subject matter and sparse, simple lyrics are reminiscent of Lennon’s previous album, Plastic Ono Band. John being John, he does play with the double-meaning of “going down”.

When I hold you in my arms baby
Sometimes I feel like going down

This is a nice little rocker, aided by the saxophone playing of King Curtis. King Curtis, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a well-known musician whose playing can be heard on dozens of hit records by the Coasters, Buddy Holly, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and many others. Sadly, this was one of his last recording sessions. He was murdered shortly before the release of Imagine.

5. “I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier”
“I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier” is not just an anti-war song, it’s a listing of all the things John Lennon doesn’t want to be. The list includes soldier, sailor, failure, rich man, poor man, lawyer, thief and churchman.

Lennon occasionally wrote songs which seem to be saying something meaningful, but when examined more closely yield no real meaning at all. This song comes close to being such a song, with lyrics such as:

I don’t wanna be a sailor mama, I don’t wanna fly

George Harrison and King Curtis both play on this track, and Phil Spector’s hand can be heard in the heavy “wall of sound” production. The song sounds great, but both melodically and lyrically it is quite repetitive, and with a running time of over six minutes, it’s also too long.

6. “Gimme Some Truth”
“Gimme Some Truth” is another song that goes back to the Beatle years. Bootleg recordings of the Beatles from 1969 contain a partially written version of this song.

John was obviously angry at the world when he wrote this one.

I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of hope
Money for dope
Money for rope

This is a good track. George Harrison plays an outstanding slide guitar solo, and both lyrics and music very convincingly convey Lennon’s anger.

7. “Oh My Love”
After three heavy, guitar-based songs, “Oh My Love” is a return to the gentle sounds of “Imagine” and “Jealous Guy”.

It sounds like the song Lennon might have written after he’d completed his primal scream therapy. He says that for the first time in his life, he can see, feel, and love. One presumes that these are the emotional benefits of the primal scream treatments.

This very pretty ballad is another song which was written during John’s Beatle years. A 1968 demo recording of the song can be found on various bootlegs. Yoko Ono is credited as co-writer on this song.

8. “How Do You Sleep?”
It’s really disappointing to see John Lennon stoop this low. How can the same man who sang about peace and brotherhood in “Imagine” spit such vitriol as is contained in this song?

“How Do You Sleep?” is a mean-spirited attack on Paul McCartney’s musical ability, his wife and family, and his life is general. The fact that George Harrison plays on the track just throws salt in the wound.

Given the nature of John’s relationship with Yoko, and the influence she clearly had over him, it is almost comical for John to aim the line “Jump when your mama tell you anything” at Paul.

In reality, this song borders on incoherence. Paul chose to marry Linda, and he writes songs which sound like Muzak to John’s ears, and because of this he should feel so guilty that he can’t sleep at night?

Musically the song is excellent, which makes it even more frustrating. With a different set of lyrics, “How Do You Sleep?” would be one of the standout tracks on Imagine.

9. “How?”
If “Oh My Love” is the song that Lennon wrote after finishing primal-scream therapy, then “How?” may be one he wrote while still in therapy.

The song asks several introspective questions, none of which are answered. It seems as though “How?” and “Oh My Love” should be reversed in order, as the latter song lyrically answers the questions posed in the former. For example, in “How?” Lennon asks

How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?
How can I go forward when I don’t know which way to turn?
How can I go forward into something I’m not sure of?

Almost as if in response, “Oh My Love” begins:

Oh my love for the first time in my life
My eyes are wide open
Oh my lover for the first time in my life
My eyes can see
I see the wind, oh I see the trees
Everything is clear in my heart

In “How?”, as with the earlier song “It’s So Hard”, Lennon presents us with a negative view of life in general.

You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

“How?” is another slow piano-based song, but musically it falls short of the standard set by the album’s earlier examples. The verses have a strange meter, and they drag a bit. Lyrically, however, the song successfully conveys the confusion and frustration that all of us have felt at some point in our lives.

10. “Oh Yoko!”
“Oh Yoko!” provides a nice ending for Imagine. Yoko Ono has her detractors, but John obviously loved her very deeply, and this song is a declaration of that love. Rather than attempt to be poetic or profound, John uses simple, straightforward language to express his feelings.

In the middle of the night I call your name
Oh, Yoko

This song has a very catchy tune and a nice beat, and you may find it stuck in your head for a while after the album finishes.

Imagine by John Lennon

“Imagine”

“Crippled Inside”

“Jealous Guy”

“It’s So Hard”

“I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier”

“Gimme Some Truth”

“Oh My Love”

“How Do You Sleep?”

“How?”

“Oh Yoko!”

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Spring, 1970. “The Dream Is Over”. However long the Beatles themselves had known about their split, its revelation to the world had a finality as resounding as the church bells that open this album (on “Mother”).

None of the four fabs really knew what would happen next. “It’s only Ringo” had already released his first solo project, Sentimental Journey, before the divorce was made public. McCartney was launched on the back of the announcement. George had enough suppressed songs under his hat to have a triple album ready before the end of the year (All Things Must Pass). John was screwed.

Not only was he less than happy that ‘Macca’ had stolen the dubious glory of telling the world that the Beatles were finished, he also had to deal with the world pointing the finger at his wife as the principal cause of it. The Beatles were finished; Yoko had been the last to come onto the scene: it had to have been her fault. Hostility towards her from all quarters, which had never been particularly veiled even beforehand, now escalated to the point of savagery. Whatever the manifold reasons for the Beatles’ divorce, and whatever the degree of the ‘Ono Factor’, John was head-over-heels in love with her, and it’s impossible to imagine how much all the flying shit about her must’ve hurt.

Christ, their Ballad hadn’t been easy since their coming together after the Indian Summer of ’68. “Just a boy and a little girl, trying to change the whole wide world”; while the vast majority of it regarded their experimental recordings and ‘peace stunts’ with increasing incredulity. A pot bust, a miscarriage and the horseride to ‘Cold Turkey’. And, the decree absolute of the most famous band in the world, with Yoko — inevitably — cast in the role of Wicked Witch of the East.

They both took off to LA and attempted to get their bearings through four months of Primal Therapy sessions with Dr Arthur Janov. The ‘treatment’ is based on the idea of confronting and dealing with past traumas, especially those repressed from infancy.

Lennon’s childhood, like all his life, is well-documented: abandoned by father, mother unable to cope, raised by aunty. As a teenager, he started to get to know his mum, just before she was wiped out by a drunk-driving police officer. “Mama, don’t go: Daddy, come home!” That was more or less the time the protobeatles were starting to get it together. “I couldn’t walk, but I tried to run…”

Returning to the UK, he assembled a small band of confidantes and recorded a musical version of the catharsis. Klaus Voormann on bass, Ringo drumming, Phil Spector co-producing: far from the ‘wall of sound’ in the still unfinished Ascot Studios at Tittenhurst. The twin LP Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band was recorded (and released) simultaneously. The instamatic photographs on the sleeves of the two albums were taken in the grounds (identical, apart from J+Y changing position against the tree). John’s back cover was a super blown-up black and white school photo.

The entire thing was recorded in less than a fortnight (finishing on John’s 30th birthday), the tracks usually done in a couple of takes. (Yoko’s counterpart LP was recorded in a single night).

A cursory glance at the tracklist is enough to show that this ain’t no more fab four, and that it’s no ‘ordinary’ rock album. It’s intentionally raw, Spector respectfully restrained at the control desk, the music taking a backseat to John’s soul-bared voice — at times spewing out his childhood (and more recent) pain, anger and frustration; at others tenderly, almost tearfully, acknowledging what he was beginning to accept as his new realities.

JL/POB is not a comfortable listen. It’s not easy to have an idol confessing his hang-ups, revealing that he’s just as fucked as anyone else. Neither does it fit comfortably, in musical terms, into the blanket category of ‘rock’ (with or without the ‘roll’). Yet, for these very reasons, it remains one of the most important and innovative albums of its own time, and of all time.

John Lennon — John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: Track-by-track review

1. “Mother”
The four tolls of a churchbell, slowed-down and stretched to a full half minute, which ominously open the album were omitted on the single version. “Bells which are passing a piece of himself out of this world” (John Donne, 1623). John Lennon, 1970, was doing exactly that with this song, with ths album.

“Mother, you had me, but I never had you…” The slice of grief he was exorcising on this track is painfully evident from any line of the lyric, as if the title wasn’t plain enough. Nothing hidden, nothing to hide: you can see the tears streaming from behind those trademark granny-glasses, splashing off the piano keys as he wails away the anguish.

The first two verses are addressed to his parents: Mum, then Dad — if you do really have to go, let me at least say goodbye. The third adds a caveat for the next generation: don’t be tempted to try and bury your past by making yourself king of the world. Look what happened to the Beatles: look what’s happened to me…

John said he called in Ringo ‘cos he was the only drummer he could trust for the album. Mr Starkey don’t let him down. Here, he marks time as solidly as ever, chasing the vocal surges, pulling out the pain. Voormann’s bass subtly underpins it all. (And check out the casual little piano frill at the end of the fadeout!)

“Mother” is Pain and undiluted emotion from a man left high and dry by almost everyone save Yoko. by ginge57 (1)

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2. “Hold On”
A gentle reminder to stop and take a deep breath, take stock of what’s going on and move forward with the confidence that “it’s gonna be alright”. With all the hang-ups Lennon had been confronting in Janov’s therapy spilling over onto the album, it’s hardly surprising he felt the need to step back a few paces to reassure himself it was really worth it.

His tremelo guitar work gives a sweet resonance to the meditative lyric, with Klaus and Ringo offering their solid but understated support.

After stop-checking himself, John offers the same advice and reassurance to Yoko, then finally to the world in general, anticipating the universal brotherhood he’d dream of in ‘Imagine’:

When you’re one, really one
Well you’ll get things done
Like they never been done
So hold on!

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3. “I Found Out”
The self-confrontation implicit in Primal Therapy is intended to strip away masks, break down barriers and leave you knowing who you really are. Facing up to the bullshit and falseness you’ve covered yourself in is no smooth process, and this sense of anger and urgency is reflected in the insistent, lop-sided rhythm of the song. Messrs Starr and Voormann drive it along relentlessly, with Lennon’s guitar as frantic as his vocal as he spits out his conclusions.

Now that I showed you what I been through
Don’t take nobody’s word what you can do.

Forget all that shallow hippie claptrap; don’t be taken in by religion, drugs, or cock-in-hand machismo. It’s all crap, take it from me: ‘I Found Out’.

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4. “Working Class Hero”
Though elsewhere on the album Lennon claimed not to believe in Zimmerman, Dylan’s influence — musical and lyrical — is plainly evident here. This piece of ‘finger-pointing’, however, is even more scathing than ‘Masters of War’.

You may say John was the most middle-class of all the Beatles, and you’re not the only one (Brother Paul made the same cynical observation). You can argue that a Georgian mansion in a hundred-acre estate and a psychedelic Rolls Royce ain’t exactly working class. You’ve missed the point, you “fuckin’ crazy peasants”.

A Working Class Hero is anybody who refuses to be moulded by society’s expectations, to be taken in by the accepted rules of the game, who manages to stay true to themselves rather than aspiring to “be like the folks on the hill”.

That, indeed, is “something to be”.

“Working Class Hero” is as good as it gets from Mr Lennon, a wonderful expose of a narrow and biased social system by ginge57 (1)

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5. “Isolation”
It’s easy to think that Fame and Fortune are recipes for happiness. Wrong! The bigger you are, the harder you fall. Living in the public eye is a lonely, scary experience: especially when public hostility is so rife. ‘Crazy Lennon’ and his ‘Japanese Witch’ were deeply hurt by “ev’rybody trying to put us down”. Isolation, alienation and desperation pour through the double-tracked vocal and pounding piano here.

Yet, amazingly, though both of them were “afraid of everyone”, there’re no hard feelings. How can there be, when everyone’s as twisted by society’s pliers?

You’re not to blame
You’re just a human
A victim of the insa-a-a-ne

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6. “Remember”
To ‘remember’ is the basis of the Janov therapy. Locate the skeletons in your cupboards and clear them out. Old movie-heroes, old songs (a borrowed line from Sam Cooke, later to be recuperated more fully on Rock ‘n’ Roll.) The past is the past — face up to it, put it behind you:

Don’t feel sorry the way it’s gone
And don’t you worry ’bout what you’ve done

The piano, bass and drums, pumping in unison, provide an energetic acompaniment for the emotional spring-clean. Out with false hopes and past disappointments. “Remember, remember the Fifth of November”, fireworks night in England: Guy Fawkes, probably the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions (caught with enough gunpowder to send it sky-high). KA-BOOM!!!

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7. “Love”
Spector’s fragile, tinkling ‘musical-box’ piano intro, slowly fading up from nothing, comes as a big contrast after “Remember”‘s incessant pounding and explosive finish.

Lennon may have spent the majority of the album debunking and disassociating himself from all things religious, but the lyric of “Love” reads like a direct follow-on from the Epistle of Saint Paul (the apostle, not the Beatle): “Three things remain: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.” [1 Corinthians 13]. “Love is Real, Love is Free” [Lennon].

Maybe it’s all you’ve got left when you’ve lost faith and hope.

It’s not religion, of course (Imagine none of ’em — John would be the first to take to task those who call for his sanctification), but it is deeply spiritual in its directness. Similar passages can doubtless be found in any collection of sacred teachings. The simple clarity of the words is echoed by the piano/guitar accompaniment and Lennon’s voice, untouched by production trickery, is shiveringly, poignantly beautiful. Love is all things to all people, “you and me”; love is giving and taking, “wanting … needing”.

As he’d already observed an earlier johncarnation, “Love is all you need!”

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8. “Well Well Well”
If the guitar work on ‘Cold Turkey’ had been discordant, here John proves he hadn’t really needed Clapton’s assistance to make a wonderfully unholy row. Throughout the verses, it shadows the vocal melody, the bass and drums reduced to a throbbing heartbeat. Mr and Mrs Lennon, “nervous, feeling guilty” (though not knowing why) as they “sat and talked of revolution”.

The chorus sections explode into frenetic outbursts by all three players, John ranting in indignation and defiance of society’s ignorance. Revolution? Didn’t we all want to change the world? The six-minute onslaught culminates in the messiest ending imaginable, John’s arm crippled. “Well Well Well”, what the hell?!!

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9. “Look At Me”
“Look at me, here I am”, more naked than the full-frotal cover of Two Virgins. The picky acoustic guitar accompaniment is, appropriately, reminiscent of his previous hymn to his mother, ‘Julia’. And, just as Yoko (“Ocean Child”) had crossed into that song, here she is again: “Oh my love, just you and me”.

No matter what the world wanted him to be, nobody else really had the slightest idea of what John and Yoko had been (and were) trying to do.

Nobody else can see
Just you and me
Oh my love

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10. “God”
Let It Be collaborator Billy Preston provides the piano accompaniment to this track, as Lennon bursts bubble after bubble of false idols, flawed teachings. “God is a concept, by which we measure our pain”, he opens. Just in case you didn’t catch that, “I’ll say it again” (and he does).

Nothing and nobody are too sacred to escape the explosion of their myths: not majyck, not the bible, not hitler nor kennedy, not zimmerman nor even elvis. And absolutely not beatles. Don’t believe in any of it, “the dream is over!” Get used to it. No more ‘Walrus’, no more ‘Yesterday’:

I just believe in me
Yoko and me
And that’s reality

There’s always a new dream to weave: carry on, dear friends…

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“God” is primal by ginge57 (1)

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11. “My Mummy’s Dead”
I can do little more than to quote the entire lyric of this primitively recorded fifty-second P.S. to the album, just voice and guitar.

My mummy’s dead
I can’t get it through my head
Though it’s been so many years
My mummy’s dead
I can’t explain
So much pain
I could never show it
My mummy’s dead

As John himself had observed the previous year, “death is just getting out of one car and getting into another.” Ride on!

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon

“Mother”

“Hold On”

“I Found Out”

“Working Class Hero”

“Isolation”

“Remember”

“Love”

“Well Well Well”

“Look At Me”

“God”

“My Mummy’s Dead”