“The Ballad of John and Yoko”

I was just asked what Beatles song was most like my life, and I didn’t even have to think about it before I answered.  Easily, without a doubt, if my life were a Beatles song, it would be “The Ballad of John and Yoko!”

Why?  Due to the fact that no matter what John and  Yoko did, somebody, somewhere, which in their case, almost always meant members of the press, had something to say about it.  The fact that the press was sticking its noses all over their business, where it clearly didn’t belong, did not stop them.  They had far too much to say.  They also were constantly contradicting one another.

Note how the song starts “The man in the Mack said you’ve got to go back.”  It was a reference to trying to stop John and  Yoko’s wedding.

Also note how it ends:, “It’s good to have the both of you back!”  See what I mean?  Around and around they went – as if anybody in the press had the right to tell this man who he could marry in the first place.  The song was a hit for The Beatles – their 17th, and last, one in the United Kingdom, released right before the group broke up.  George Harrison and Ringo Starr, apparently, weren’t involved with the recording of it, just John Lennon and Paul McCarthy.  Ringo was always my favorite Beatle, but I adore this song anyway.

John repeatedly sings, during the song, which tells the saga of not only his wedding but his honeymoon,

“The way things are goin’

They’re gonna crucify me!”

He may well have been onto something there!

Ever notice how it’s always the ones who have no business saying anything to you who shoot their mouths off saying everything to you?  You have?  Me, too!

Do you know what I say to that?  Do whatever you feel like doing anyway!




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