“Oh My Love” 1971In most love songs, you’re making people feel hot or whatever about each other. But instead of that, he’s saying, “I see it clearly for the first time.” It’s not so much about sexual interest or “I miss you” – it’s more to do with true love.
“Gimme Some Truth” 1971“Gimme Some Truth” is so appropriate for now. He was before his time in a way. There’s an edge to the music too – that kind of song didn’t exist too much in those days.
“Give Peace a Chance” 1969You can’t miss this one. It’s proof that he could be very personal, but also he could cover the big picture and get people to think about that. And it worked. He really did affect the world a lot.
“God” 1970A very powerful and daring song. The first time I heard it, when he sang, “I don’t believe in Beatles,” I choked up. And so did many other people, for other reasons [chuckles]. It’s very revolutionary, even more than the song “Revolution.” It was breaking all the cobwebs and saying, “Here I am.”
“Grow Old With Me” 1984He was saying it to me, but also to a whole generation: “Let’s grow old together.” After his passing, all I had was a cassette of it. I had it in my handbag. When I went to sleep, I had some bells on my door so if anyone came in, I’d hear it. I didn’t want people to take it from me.
“Imagine” 1971The chord structure and what it means are very direct and simple. And that was very important. He was good at anthems.
“Scared” 1974I thought this could be in the classical-music field. It’s across the musical border.
“Jealous Guy” 1971This was hard for him to get out – he’s being very honest about being jealous. I don’t think many songwriters owned up that way. They might tiptoe around that emotion.
“I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier” 1971“I don’t wanna be a soldier, Mama, I don’t want to die” — that says it all! A beautiful anti-establishment song, not just about a soldier but also a priest. He was just being himself. George’s slide guitar is incredible. He was fantastic.
“Mother” 1970 A very intense song that came from primal scream. Women have played a big role in the human race. We created it, actually, between our thighs. John was coming out and saying, “Mother, I need you.” He recognized the power and important position of women in society.
LENNONYC features never-before heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies that have only recently been transferred to video. It also features exclusive interviews with Ms. Ono, who cooperated extensively with the production and offers an unprecedented level of access, as well as with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen (who took the iconic photograph of Lennon in front of the skyline wearing a “New York City” t-shirt).
Let’s talk about peace, world domination, war, hunger, and every miserable thing could ever be. I think it is truly selfish for all human race if we don’t at least contribute in making peace to our beloved nation. At least helping them is one of the noblest thing that we, sinful humans can do….
Each podcast will consist of slightly edited interviews conducted for the film American Masters LENNONYC introduced by Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters and a producer of LENNONYC and Michael Epstein, director/writer of LENNONYC. New “episodes” will post weekly every Thursday until the Thursday after broadcast on November 22. The final episode will be a question and answer session using the best questions submitted by users via email. The content will be available on the American Masters Web site (pbs.org/americanmasters) and iTunes. Users can check back in these locations or subscribe to keep up to date with the newest episodes. The first podcast will feature Jack Douglas talking about his long relationship with John Lennon including his time producing Double Fantasy. A highlight of the interview is Douglas’ account about a probable Beatles reunion for a Ringo album slated to be recorded in early 1981. According to Douglas, Lennon had told him both he and Paul McCartney had signed on to the album and each had written original songs for Ringo. Lennon’s songs, Stepping Out and Nobody Told Me instead appeared on Lennon’s posthumous album, Milk and Honey. Slated to appear on later podcasts are Bob Gruen, personal friend and Lennon photographer, Jim Keltner, drums on various Lennon/Ono albums, Elton John, musician, and Yoko Ono, multi-media artist and peace activist.
“You’re all geniuses and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace and live peace, and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.”—John Lennon