12 Jun
Harper & Row 1986 First Edition 200 pages including Afterword by Yoko Ono  Surreal humor -Autobiography

Harper & Row 1986
First Edition 200 pages including Afterword by Yoko Ono
Surreal humor – Autobiography

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past, oh 50 or so years, John Winston Ono Lennon (1940-1980) was the singer, song-writer who founded the band, the Beatles, and then, after he met Yoko, ended it. “I started the band. I disbanded it. It’s as simple as that.”

After Lennon’s assassination the manuscript for this third installment of the “other writings” trilogy was stolen, then later recovered and published in 1986 posthumously by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. The other two members of this trilogy are: John Lennon In His Own Write; and A Spaniard in the Works.

This writing, Skywriting By Word of Mouth includes The Ballad of John and Yoko, and in my opinion, the only reason anyone would even want to read this book (MY opinion). John Lennon’s voice is there and the genius who wrote the words behind the songs jump off the page.

The ballad talks about the infamous Bed-In; Lennon’s brush with American law; falling in love with Yoko; divorcing the Beatles; and Lennon’s mysterious withdrawal from public life. The prevailing theme is that of Lennon’s silent years off the grid. “The reality behind the mystery is simply that we are doing what we want to do. Period.” Lennon was in love with Ono, and nothing else mattered. Nothing.

The gobbledygook that is Skywriting is a compilation of words. Some don’t even make sense. And it’s not like I can tell you what Skywriting is about because I don’t even think Lennon knew.

“Words are flowing out like endless rainbow mixed grilling baron von oil field marshall tucker band wagon-ner rear end zone what you reap van winkle of an eyelid of grass blowers convention centre forward march hair raising the flag of truce is stranger than friction of a second helping.” page 114 “Be were wolf of limitations,” or … “The spirit of boogie be upon you”

And so it goes.

The pages of paragraphs that have no connection to one another – just the ramblings of what appear to be someone high on something, obviously meant something to Lennon. I don’t know. I don’t get it. Maybe I’m the one who‘s high.

If you want to get to the truth, however, The Ballad of John and Yoko will get you there.


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