It’s December 8, 1980, around 11:00 P.M.
John Lennon has just been rushed to the hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Roosevelt Hospital plays muzak (instrumental background music found often in businesses and hospitals) and the song that’s playing as John is in the Emergency Room is “All My Loving.”
Just weeks earlier, John praised the song written by Paul McCartney saying “All My Loving is (written by) Paul, I regret to say… (laughs)… because it’s a damn good piece of work. But I play a mean guitar in the back.”
The rendition of the song above, is most likely close, if not exactly, what was playing those last moments. I believe this is the last thing John Lennon heard.
We love you forever John.
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you, tomorrow I’ll miss you…
Something Demo (Anthology Version) | The Beatles
The best version too if you ask me
JOHN: Hey! Did you dream about me last night?
PAUL: [long pause] I can’t remember.
JOHN: Very strong dream. We both dreamt about it. It was amazing! Different dreams, you know, but I thought you must’ve been there. It’s like I was touching you.
SOMEBODY HOLD ME
WHY THERE IS THIS FUCKING PIANO
Why Must We Be Alone - John Lennon
Demo, September 1979. (Supposedly.)
I Saw Her Standing There - John Lennon/Elton John (Bootleg, 1974)
In John’s words:
“Alright, bootleg number five thousand, sixty nine. This is dedicated to the one I get”
Glass Onion | The Beatles
“I was still in my love cloud with Yoko and I thought, well, I’ll just say something nice to Paul: ‘It’s all right, you did a good job over these few years, holding us together.’ He was trying to organize the group, and organize the music, and be an individual and all that, so I wanted to thank him. I said ‘the Walrus is Paul’ for that reason. I felt, ‘Well, he can have it. I’ve got Yoko, and thank you, you can have the credit.’”
- John Lennon
Dear John, I remember when we first met in Walton, at the Village Fate - it was a beautiful summer day, and I walked in there, and you were on the stage, and you were singing “Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings. But you didn’t know the words, so you made them up. “Come go with me to the penitentiary,” it’s not in the lyrics.
I remember writing our first songs together. We used to go to my house, my dad’s house, and we used to smoke Taifu tea with this pipe my dad kept in a drawer. It didn’t do much for us, but it got us on the road. We wanted to be famous. I remember the visits to your mum’s house, Julia - she was a very handsome woman, very beautiful woman - she had long red hair, and she played a ukelele. I’d never seen a woman who could do that.
I remember having to tell you the guitar chords, ‘cause you used to play the ukelele chords.
And then on your 21st birthday, you got 100 pounds off of one of your rich relatives up in Edinburough, so we decided we’d go to Spain. So we hitchhiked out of Liverpool, and we got as far as Paris. We decided to stop there for a week, and eventually got our hair cut by a fellow called Jurgen. And that ended up being the Beatle haircut.
I remember introducing you to my mate, George, my schoolmate, and him getting into the group by playing “Raunchy” on the top deck of the bus. You were impressed.
And when we met Ringo, who had been working the whole season at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, he was a seasoned professional.
Something [Voice] - The Beatles
this turned me on so much holy aajfsgkhkj
this is just wow
I second everything said
Strawberry Fields Forever | The Beatles
“We were trying to write about Liverpool… and I just listed all the nice sounding names, just arbitrarily… I mean, I have visions of Strawberry Fields. And there was Penny Lane and the Cast Iron Shore… and they were just good names, just groovy names, just good-sounding. Because Strawberry Fields is anywhere you want to go.”
- John Lennon in a Rolling Stone interview, 1968.
Dear Friend - (Paul McCartney &) Wings
“… that was a direct message to John”
- Paul McCartney
After hearing John Lennon’s How Do You Sleep? (an attack to Paul’s Too Many People), Paul had had enough with such bitter fights and arguments, and replied with a more peaceful and gentle song, Dear Friend (released in Wing’s first album, Wild Life). It is seen by many as an attempt at reconciliation with John, strung together in a beautifully flowing and simple melody.
“Dear friend, what’s the time?
Is this really the borderline?
Does it really mean so much to you?
Are you afraid or is it true?
Dear friend, throw the wine
I’m in love with a friend of mine
Really truly, young and newly wed
Are you a fool or is it true?
Are you afraid or is it true?”
We Can Work It Out (Demo) - Paul Mccartney
George Harrison performs The Pirate Song at Rutland Weekend Television, 1975
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE! ♥
Paul McCartney and Donovan recorded during sessions for Mary Hopkins
JOHN & PAUL: We’re on our way home—
JOHN & PAUL: We’re on our way home—
JOHN & PAUL: We’re going home…
PAUL: It’s like, uh. “We have to get back. We’re on our way home.”
PAUL: There’s a story. There’s another one– ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. “Oh darling, I’ll never let you down.” Like we’re doing—
JOHN: It’s like we’re lovers.
PAUL: [guarded] Yeah.
JOHN: We’ll just have to camp it up for those two.
PAUL: Yeah. Well, I’ll be wearing my skirt for the show, anyway.