At the risk of turning into Lennon…

This blog post was going to be very different to what it is. I’ve decided not to bring up events that happened yesterday , it made for a hard days night. I can tell you that much.

 They inspired this blog, no doubt. They upset me very much, but I can’t buy me love, and I wouldn’t want to either. So, I’m letting it be.

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The whole thing sort of reminded me of what happened back in the 60’s with John Lennon.

I am in no way saying that I’m like Lennon, that I’m as talented or creative. I just respect him for his art and that’s as far as it goes. Though, we do have the same starsign and the same ‘stick it to the man’ attitude.

On March the 4th 1966, John’s friend from the London Evening Standard interviewed him, he said:

“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 ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

No one in the United Kingdom even blinked at his comments. However, five months later, an American teen magazine reported that John had said:

“The Beatles are bigger than Jesus Christ!”

No, not what he said at all.

Anyway, in a very Christian way, John received death threats and public record burning were arranged. The Beatles were banned from playing played on radio stations throughout the southern states of America.

John was coerced into apologising for something he didn’t even say and was taken completely out of context.

He explained he was referring to the UK, the kids were more interested in The Beatles than religion here, he was right. He did apologise in a round about sort of way “if it will make you happy, ok then, I apologise.”

However, I don’t think Lennon was at all that pleased with having to say ‘sorry’ for something he hadn’t really said. His band mates and management weren’t very helpful for making him do it, surely they knew it would come back to bite them on the arse?

I think he never really let it go, personally, I would never have done it. I’m surprised he ever did. I think he saved it all up until 1969 when he released The Ballard of John and Yoko.

Every time I hear that song, I smile. It was like serving up a big cup of shut the f*ck up! Imagine that!

The song was actually recorded by Lennon and McCartney alone, they filled in Ringo’s and George’s parts and even had a laugh whilst they did it.

Truth is, John was too impatient to wait for them to return from their holidays and other projects. He wanted it recorded and out there.

He didn’t want anyone to find out about the lyric’s until it had been released either. I wonder why?

Of course, the song proved to be as controversial, as I suspect John had hoped. Many US and Spanish radio stations refused to play it.

Then there came the famous interview whilst John and Yoko were in bed in Montreal in 1969 where John said:

“I can choose to sing about what I want in any fashion I wish.”

Damn right you can Lennon!

Capp made a derogatory comment about Englishmen and one of Lennon’s spokespeople, Derek, told him to get out. John told Derek to pipe down but when Capp was leaving John famously sang:

“Christ, you know it ain’t easy,

You know how hard it can be,

The way things are going,

They’re gonna’ crucify CAPP.”

Stick it to the man.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, get over it. Get over yourself, if you can be offended by a silly comment that’s obviously not intentionally trying to offend anyone…get on a yellow submarine, because people in free living countries will speak as they wish.

 It’s just words, turn the other cheek. Don’t read the first line of chapter one and decide you don’t like it. Read the whole chapter, see the bigger picture. Get a life.

Try to see it my way.

So I’m going to get back to my job as a paperback writer.

Honestly though, to all of you that support me, from me, to you on this long and winding roadall you need is love 😀 and you all have mine.

 

Thank you…

 

This is Lucy in the sky with diamonds signing off this shit 😀

Peace out 🙂

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8 thoughts on “At the risk of turning into Lennon…

  1. Lucy i could not have said it better myself, in fact i dont think i could come close, your words are all in line, and you have nothing to say your sorry about… you and Lennon have a lot in common. Love your words, Peace my Lady. REB

  2. I think one of the greatest ironies of living in the US is our First Amendment is basically ignored. If you don’t know, it calls for there to be a separation of church and state while giving us the freedom of speech, press, and a right to assemble.
    Thing is, our politicians get elected based on where they stand on religious issues, and thanks to the political correctness movement, we don’t have freedom of speech. Our press hasn’t been free since at least the McCarthy era, maybe before then.
    Stuff like that, and what happened to you, make me ashamed to call myself an American.

    • Don’t be ashamed R.W. you know how I like to blow things out of proportion. However, I was genuinely upset that someone felt the need to say I was ‘using bad language’, when that is a matter of cultural opinion. If they didn’t like it, they were, of course free to leave without feeling the need to tell me off.
      I love Americans, I don’t think I’d last a second in America, I’d probably end up getting shot just like Lennon did. But, the vast majority of Americans are good people. I know that. I just think they need to realise that it’s very different here and we all tend to speak freely. We’re not sat here eating cucumber sandwiches and drinking tea out of china cups whilst maintaining a stiff upper lip. We are very liberal people.

  3. His disciples were thick and ordinary? Did he meet them? I think he sounds like a bit of a dick really, I can see why he annoyed a few people with these comments, can’t you? I’m not mad on religion and i believe in freedom of speech so i wouldn’t shoot the man for it but i probably would never have bought another record of his because he sounds like he got too big for his boots! But that’s my opinion from this extract of his interview, i never met the man! I will say though, Christianity is still here and now all we have is Justin Beiber lol
    Love this piece though Lucy and love your blog!

    • Caroline, I agree that his statement was a bit stupid, but whilst we do unfortunately have JB, we still have rock and roll as well as Christianity.
      I shared his statement (which was probably fuelled by the massive amount of drugs coursing through his veins) to show that he’d been misquoted.
      The Beatles were bigger than Christianity in this country at that time. He wasn’t talking about America. That was the point of me sharing the story.
      But I get your point….peace and love to you Caroline 🙂

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