The Ballad of John And Yoko Lyrics - The Beatles

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Standing in the dock at Southampton,
Trying to get to Holland or France.
The man in the mack 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 gonna crucify me.

Finally made the plane into Paris,
Honeymooning down by the Seine.
Peter Brown called 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
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They're gonna crucify me.

Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton,
Talking in our beds for a week.
The newspaper said, "Say what 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 gonna crucify me.

Saving up your money for a rainy day,
Giving all your clothes to charity.
Last night the wife said,
"Poor 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 newspaper 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 gonna 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 gonna crucify me.
The way things are going
They're gonna crucify me.



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I will always miss them | Reviewer: Jorge Miauro | 10/14/13

When The Beatles came to an end with their band, I began
to die. I consider them (still now) to be a great part of my family.
Two of the four walls of my office are covered with The Beatles
posters. So, there is not a single day of my life without
watching them and I can hardly hold back my tears.
I have a music band with my sons and a friend. Every once in a while we present a show: the Beatles songs are always in the
list.
Best regards

Jorge

how good the song is !!!! | Reviewer: Orinne | 3/20/10

i think it's a really good song
1 of the resound why i like the song is because John Lennon sings it and his in my fave band The Beatles!!!
There's 1 thing i don't like about it is Yoko cant sing for toffee
No offense 2 the peps who like Yoko!!!!!!:)
But other than that I like the song :P

At the Kuwaiti International Airport | Reviewer: FreddyCrazyLove | 1/24/10

"The man in the Mac said I have to go back."
I can't leave here to go home
Just home to get me some peace
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Yes I was going home from Iraq stopped in Kuwait International. I was pulled in to the Kuwaiti Immirgration office (Hippie male long hair?)
And told my documention is unacceptable and I must go back the Americian Base in Kuwait,

I started off my trip Homeward Bound playing Back In The USSR and my seven days stuck in Kuwait it has been the Ballad Of John and Yoko.

I just want to get home to my Hippie Girlfriend and spend time in bed for a week.




Why analyse what ain't for analysis? | Reviewer: Double You Tee Eff | 8/14/09

I read some of the comments here and Lennon must be spinning in his grave. Even the message in the song eludes you.
Take things as they are, there is no hidden meaning, there is no secret way to enlightenment.
The song is merely a narrative o events surrounding the Amsterdam bed-in, set to music. There is no olive branch, it is purely artistic interpretation of events put to music for the pleasure and enjoyment of their millions of fans at the time.
Forget any "Nostradamus" type messages and just enjoy the Beatles for what they were and remain - a brilliant group of musicians and composers way ahead of their time.

Victoria | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/09

I love this song so much.It's one of my favorite songs by The Beatles.This song is so amazing.I remember the first time i heard this song, i couldn't stop listening to it for a week.If you enjoy this song,i suggest you also listen to "Revolution","Back in the USSR", "Twist and Shout"... You know what,just listen to every single song by The Beatles.They are all incredible.They are by far the best artists ever.=)

Victoria | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/09

I love this song so much.It's one of my favorite songs by The Beatles.This song is so amazing.I remember the first time i heard this song, i couldn't stop listening to it for a week.If you enjoy this song,i suggest you also listen to "Revolution","Back in the USSR", "Twist and Shout"... You know what,just listen to every single song by The Beatles.They are all incredible.They are by far the best artists ever.=)

Great song for a "road trip" | Reviewer: georgia | 11/18/07

If you listen to this once, you will no doubt hit
replay several times. The lyrics speak to the absurdity of the press and fans in general,but the music is rock n roll at it's best. Kate, you are right about the song sticking in your head.
You will be singing along............

The Real Meaning | Reviewer: NOYB (none of your business) | 8/21/07

This is the real meaning. I know this for a fact. Paul wrote this song because he missed Lennon and wanted him back. McCartney wrote this song for Lennon and Yoko. Lennon did not write it. Paul is actually doing all the insturments in this song.

a song representing a (brief) truce before the end of the beatles | Reviewer: mac | 5/28/07

By spring '69, as is now well known, the Beatles as a creative and business partnership was being held together by the proverbial chewing gum and baling wire. John was feeling increasingly disconnected from the others as his partnership, romantic and artistic, with Yoko Ono deepened. Paul, for his part, was on the verge of marrying Linda Eastman. Needless to say, John felt that Linda was a shallow blonde twit; Paul felt that Yoko was a nakedly ambitious evil temptress.

John was inspired to write the song after his and Yoko's idiosyncratic experiences during the winter and early spring of '69: travels on the continent, dodging papparazzi, a "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam, etc. He called on Paul to record it with him, and the two recorded the song without the other two being involved. (Ringo was making his first non-Beatles movie, "The Magic Christian," in which he played the adopted son of the world's richest man, played by Peter Sellers, the two of them traveling the world experimenting to see how far people will go to get money; George was on holiday). The Lennon-McCartney collaboration signalled a brief truce between the two erstwhile best friends/artistic soul mates. Lennon essentially wrote the song (though of course attributed to both men as was the publishing custom within the band since 1962), sang lead, and played all the guitar parts; McCartney played bass, piano, drums, and additional percussion and sang harmony vocals. A humorous exchange during the recording had John address Paul as "Ringo" as the latter sat at the drum kit, and Paul responding by addressing John as "George."

The truce as we all know did not hold. The Beatles struggled through the summer of 1969, agreed to record one more album together ("Abbey Road"), then released the previously-recorded "Let It Be" in spring 1970, then formally ended their partnership that April. Still, the single "Ballad of John and Yoko" evokes John and Paul at their best, playing straight (not psychedelic, Indian-influenced, or experimental) rock and roll with excellent skill and singing tongue-in-cheek lyrics as they talk about personal experiences and the silliness of the world's reaction.

the ballad of john and yoko | Reviewer: kate e g | 5/17/06

i listened to this song on the radio today, and realised how far the world has come, even in the past ten years. the word christ used to be bleeped out, and yet now its a free for all.

that being said i love this song, has awesome lyrics, a great sound, and is the sort of song that once its in your head, its not coming out without a fight.



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