The Beatles Song Of The Day–The Ballad Of John And Yoko

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The Beatles Song of the Day is- The Ballad of John and Yoko. The Ballad Of John And Yoko was the a-side of a Beatles single- backed by Old Brown Shoe. The song wouldn’t be on any of the studio albums but would later be included in Past Masters II.  John Lennon wrote the song. The song is of course about the adventures of John and Yoko. It was written days after they were married in the spring of 1969. The single would go to #1 in the United Kingdom and peaked at #8  in the United States. There were a number of radio stations in both countries who wouldn’t play it due to the crucifixion refrain “Christ you know it ain’t easy.” John’s relationship with Yoko was highly controversial- 50 years later Yoko is still a lightening rod. Many still blame her for breaking up The Beatles. I am not a big Yoko supporter but in her defense- if she had a part in the break-up- it was just a part- there were a number of other factors in The Beatles breaking up. John and Paul at this point were not best of chums- but Paul is the only other Beatles to play on this song. For Paul’s help- John would give Paul a co-writing credit on Give Peace A Chance- a John solo effort that Paul had nothing to do with. When asked during the Anthology project George Harrison said he didn’t mind not being on the single- ” I didn’t mind not being on the record, because it was none of my business.. If it had been “The Ballad of John, George and Yoko, then I would have been on it.” John Lennon: vocal, lead guitars, acoustic guitar: Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass, drums, piano, maracas. Produced by George Martin.

 

  • Rating of The Ballad Of John And Yoko- **** stars out of 5 stars.
  • Recorded on April 14, 1969.
  • Released as a single- it went to #1 in the UK and #8 in the US. The b-side was George’s Old Brown Shoe.
  • length of song 2:59.
  • Spignesi and Lewis ranked The Ballad of John and Yoko 96 in their book, Rolling Stone ranked it 48th in their Top 100, critic Bill Wyman #179 out of 213 Beatles songs, The Beatles Channel listeners poll had it #74 and Jim Beviglia didn’t rank it in his top 100.

 

Standing in the dock at Southampton
Trying to get to Holland or France
The man in the mac said
You’ve got to go back
You know they didn’t even give us a chance
Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
Finally made the plane into Paris
Honeymooning down by the Seine
Peter Brown call to say
You can make it O.K.
You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain
Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton
Talking in our beds for a week
The newspapers said
Say what’re you doing in bed
I said we’re only trying to get us some peace
Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
Saving up your money for a rainy day
Giving all your clothes to charity
Last night the wife said
Oh boy when you’re dead
You don’t take nothing with you but your soul, think
Made a lightning trip to Vienna
Eating chocolate cake in a bag
The newspapers said
She’s gone to his head
They look just like two gurus in drag
Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
Caught the early plane back to London
Fifty acorns tied in a sack
The men from the press
Said we wish you success
It’s good to have the both of you back
Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me
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