"The Ballad of John and Yoko" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
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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"The Ballad of John and Yoko" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General CommentThis song is about the hardships John and Yoko had to go through to be together. It's actually the story of their wedding and honeymoon.
    0coolon January 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI view this (lyrically and stylistically) as a cynical re-write of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell", which the Beatles would have known well. Musically it has the same "New Orleans" feel, especially the bass and piano parts. Instead of a "teenage wedding" when "the old folks wished them well", we have an exhausted rock star and his unpopular bride trying to escape (and then court) the attentions of the world's press. Instead of "C'est la vie... it goes to show you never can tell" we have a chorus of "Christ... theyre gonna crucify me!"

    By the way, only John (guitars, vocals, tambourine) and Paul (bass, drums, piano, vocals) played on this session.
    Now, why would Paul help John with a song specifically about Yoko unless he approved?
    butterfingersbeckon March 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo njrockstarbandit:

    God, you're full of vitriol for this woman whom you've never met and who loved, yes, LOVED John for over 10 years (and still does). John only married Cynthia because she was pregnant. She has actually said so in interviews.

    By the way, John and Cynthia's son is called Julian (after John's mother, Julia), NOT John Jr. Get your facts right before bitching your heart out.

    As for Sean (John and Yoko's son), why should you hate HIM? Because he's half Japanese, perhaps? My God, are you a RACIST as well as being an ignorant would-be groupie? Get a life and forget about dead rock stars.
    butterfingersbeckon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSo why blame Yoko? Sounds to me like John's the one who ignored his own son, but you're heaping all the blame on Yoko. You say that "because of Yoko" John didn't bother with Julian, but what about when John and Yoko separated in the 70s? Did John go running to Julian then? I think not. He's just as guilty as her. But he's dead.
    butterfingersbeckon June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDare you to say it then - "I hate John and Yoko!". If that's what you mean. Otherwise leave Yoko alone.
    butterfingersbeckon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnaaa hate is such a strong word
    njrockstarbanditon June 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnjrock, despite your claims, Julian does keep in touch with Yoko and his half-brother from time to time. They're not exactly as close as a family could be, then again Julian is only Sean's half-brother, but they are in good relations with one another and do keep in touch with each other. They meet with each other a couple times a year, Julian and Sean. Also, during Julian's first tour, Sean joined him on stage. Not to mention that Yoko gave Julian a 40 million dollar inheritance from John Lennon's estate. There is no ill will among them, so you and all the other Yoko haters, I personally have nothing against the woman since I never met her, are the ones creating this ill will. Just let it go, there's no ill will among them, so let it be.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentive heard that "the ballad of john and yoko" is the only beatles song in which the words of the titles are not in the lyrics of the song, is this true?
    danny_Bfosson August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOf course not! "A Day In the Life", "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", "Flying", "For You Blue", to name but a few.
    butterfingersbeckon August 26, 2002   Link
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    General Comment song4julia- i agree with your one, yoko ono was horrible, i seriously have rage about her her, i mean for gods sake she could've at least slowed the break up of the beatles when she was in their studios all the time. she should've just left them alone for awhile, they didn't like her. and maybe paul helped john write it etc. because he was his best friend and he was probably more tolerant. and i know you're gonna do that whole trip on me that you did to njrock, but i INTENSLY DISLIKE yoko ono, she really was a large factor in splitting them up.
    squeeon September 10, 2002   Link

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