I don’t bother so much about the others’ songs. For instance, I don’t give a damn about how ‘Something’ is doing in the charts I watch ‘Come Together’ (the flip side) because that’s my song.
Lack of feeling in an emotional sense is responsible for the way some singers do our songs. They don’t understand and are too old to grasp the feeling. Beatles are really the only people who can play Beatle music.
The whole Beatle thing was just beyond comprehension. When ‘Help’ came out, I was actually crying out for help. Most people think it’s just a fast rock ‘n roll song. I didn’t realize it at the time; I just wrote the song because I was commissioned to write it for the movie. But later, I knew I really was crying out for help.
I don’t know if I want to record together again. I go off and on it… In the old days, when we needed an album, Paul and I got together and produced enough songs for it. Nowadays, there’s three of us writing prolifically and trying to fit it all into one album.
It was very romantic. It’s all in the song, The Ballad of John and Yoko. If you want to know how it happened, it’s in there. Gibraltar was like a little sunny dream. I couldn’t find a white suit I had sort of offwhite corduroy trousers and a white jacket. Yoko had all white on.
There were very few real folk singers you know, though I liked Dominic Behan a bit and there was some good stuff to be heard in Liverpool. Just occasionally you hear very old records on the radio or TV of real workers in Ireland or somewhere singing these songs and the power of them is fantastic.
Today’s folk song is rock and roll. Although it happened to emanate from America, that’s not really important in the end because we wrote our own music and that changed everything.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
Imagine there’s no country it isn’t hard to do nothing to kill or die for and no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace.
I think a lot of bad things have happened in the name of the church and in the name of Christ and therefore I shy away from church.
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first rock and roll or Christianity.
People always got the image I was an antiChrist or anti religion. I’m not. I’m a most religious fellow. I was brought up a Christian and I only now understand some of the things that Christ was saying in those parables. Because people got hooked on the teacher and missed the message. All this bit about electing a President. We pick our own daddy out of a dog pound of daddies.
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, I told them they didn’t understand life.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.
It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.
I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy.
There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.
Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and even that’s barely possible.
Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.
They’ll never be able to forget us.
“All you need is love.” I believe it. It’s damn hard, but I absolutely believe it.
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.
if everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!
There’s room at the top they are telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill.
Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.