John and Yoko’s last interview is perhaps the most ironic of them all, occurring on December 8, 1980. Only later would every sentence John articulated that afternoon to Dave Sholin be scrutinized for its poignancy:
“I’m really talking to the people who grew up with me [on Double Fantasy]. I’m saying, ‘Here I am now. How are you? How’s your relationship going? Did you get through it all? Wasn’t the seventies a drag? Here we are. Let’s try to make it through the eighties.’”
“I hope I die before Yoko, because, if Yoko died, I wouldn’t know how to survive, I couldn’t carry on.”
“We’re going to live or we’re going to die. If we’re dead, we’re going to have to deal with that. If we’re alive, we’re going to have to deal with being alive. So worrying about [it] isn’t going to do us any good today…
I consider that my work won’t be finished until I’m dead and buried, and I hope that’s a long time…
We all survived… the whole map’s changed and we’re going into an unknown future, but we’re all still here.
And while there’s life, there’s still hope.”
He was confident, he claimed, because he and Yoko felt great.
As he put it, they were “wild about life.”