The Angel in Him






“He said it was written about Julian, my child. He knew I was splitting with Cyn and leaving Julian. He was driving over to say hi to Julian. He’d been like an uncle to him. You know, Paul was always good with kids. And so he came up with Hey Jude. But I always heard it as a song to me. If you think about it… Yoko’s just come into the picture. He’s saying, ‘Hey, Jude – hey, John.’ I know I’m sounding like one of those fans who reads things into it, but you can hear it as a song to me. The words ‘go out and get her’ – subconsciously he was saying, ‘Go ahead, leave me.’ On a conscious level, he didn’t want me to go ahead. The angel in him was saying, ‘Bless you.’ The devil in him didn’t like it at all because he didn’t want to lose his partner.”  ~John Lennon about Hey Jude (via RoofRabbit)

A Restless Wind

I think the words stand nicely on their own but (to save you the trouble) here’s the song on YouTube:  LINK

Across The Universe

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (mostly John)

Words are flowing out
Like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away
Across the universe

Pools of sorrow waves of joy
Are drifting through my opened mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai Guru Deva, om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Images of broken light
Which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe

Thoughts meander like a restless wind
Inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe

Jai Guru Deva, om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life
Are ringing through my opened ears
Inciting and inviting me

Limitless undying love
Which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai Guru Deva, om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Jai Guru Deva
Jai Guru Deva
Jai Guru Deva

Naked

Sound engineer Geoff Emerick writes in his book Here, There, and Everywhere that, in spite of being in one of the most successful music groups of all time, John Lennon was very insecure about his voice and was constantly looking for overdubs and fuzzy guitars to mask it.

When Paul McCartney had the original tapes stripped down to their essentials for Let It Be… Naked, we got to really hear John’s voice on this song for the first time.

It’s incredible.

Yoko

Suddenly I feel a little better about my own dancing ability.  🙂

If you think about it, John chose Yoko at the peak of Beatlemania.  He was popular, young, rich, handsome, and creative; he could have (almost literally) had any woman on the planet.

She must have been pretty special.

(By the way, Yoko enjoyed the song and contributed the clips of her and John herself (LINK).)

Full lyrics HERE.