"I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono" as written by and Dar Williams....
I wonder if Yoko Ono
Ever thought of staying solo
If she thought of other men and
If she doubted John Lennon
Worrying that he'd distract her art

Sitting in the Apple sessions
Giving John her music lessons
Challenging the warring nations
With her paper installations
Did she guard her Yoko human heart

Well, they could talk about me
Yeah, they could talk about me
Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop star history
But I won't be your Yoko Ono
If you're not good enough for me

Some will give their love for fashion
Others trade their gold for passion
I don't have the goods to start with
Never had the reins to part with
Still, I hope you take me seriously

'Cause I think I could go
Deep as the sea of Yoko
You don't know a person like me
I could sell your songs to Nike
And for all you know
I could save your soul
As only true love can change your mind
Make you leave your screaming fans behind

When John called the wind an opera
Making love with every chakra
When he said her voice would carry
And when he whispered old Chuck Berry
Only then would Yoko set him free

Fame will come and vanish later
Transcendental love is greater
I think if we had this somehow
We'd be feeling famous right now
We'd be saying love is all you need

And they could rag about me
Yeah, they could rag about me
Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop star history
But I won't be your Yoko Ono
If you're not good enough for me

Oh, no and I won't be your Yoko Ono
If you're not good enough for me


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"I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono" as written by Dar Williams

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    General CommentWell, they could talk about me
    Yeah, they could talk about me
    Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop star history
    But I won't be your Yoko Ono
    If you're not good enough for me

    I loooovvveeee this song. I, however, hate Yoko Ono. So when I got this CD, naturally I listened to this song right away.

    Fame will come and vanish later
    Transcendental love is greater
    I think if we had this somehow
    We'd be feeling famous right now
    We'd be saying love is all you need

    All you need is love!
    crashnburn5436on May 30, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'fame will come and vanish later, transcendental love is greater' is one of my favorite song lyrics.
    brain.damageon April 05, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI really enjoy this song. I figure Dar wrote it while considering the whole John and Yoko thing from another angle. History tends to look at their relationship based on how she affected his career - the claim that she broke up the Beatles - but we don't think about how he might have affected hers.

    So here's the love story from her side and it's not the Cinderalla story of a woman finding a man who can raise her above her station in life. It's the story of a woman busy in her own life wondering if this man she's met is the right one for her. if he's good enough for her. Once she decides he is, she doesn't care what the "velvet dogs of pop star history" have to say about her.
    Sylviedon April 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI like to think that this song is a response to the song 'You can be my Yoko Ono' by the Barenaked Ladies, which has some rather patronising lyrics about following him around everywhere and being a ball and chain.

    Here the subject us saying, 'hang on a minute, what makes you so special that you think i'd want to??'

    We're so used to seeing Yoko portrayed as nothing more than John's other half, so it's nice to hear someone redressing the balance. This was someone with her own hopes and dreams who spent her life being criticised. You've got to admire her strength of character.

    Dar herself said it was dedicated to a mentor/teacher she had, but the title is too coincidental not to be referencing the Barenaked Ladies song at least as a point of departure.
    Ladylusiphuron March 05, 2016   Link

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