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Lyrics of The Ballad of John and Yoko

Standing in the dock at Southampton
Trying to get to Holland or France
The man in the mac said
You've got to go back
You know, they didn't even give us a chance

Christ, you know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They're going to crucify me

Finally made the plane into Paris
Honeymooning down by the Seine
Peter Brown called to say
You can make it ok
You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain


Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton
Talking in our beds for a week
The newspeople said
Say, what're you doing in bed
I said we're only trying to get us some peace


Saving up your money for a rainy day
Giving all your clothes to charity
Last night the wife said
Oh boy when you're dead
You don't take nothing with you but your soul, think!

Made a lightning trip to Vienna
Eating chocolate cake in a bag
The newspaper said
She's gone to his head
They look just like two Gurus in drag


Caught the early plane back to London
Fifty acorns tied in a sack
The men from the press
Said we wish you success
It's good to have the both of you back


The way things are going
They're going to crucify me


'The Ballad of John and Yoko' is a song released by The Beatles as a single in May 1969. Primarily written by John Lennon, the song was attributed, as was the custom, to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team. It chronicled the events surrounding Lennon's marriage to Yoko Ono and their subsequent activities together, including their famous first Bed-In in the Amsterdam Hilton, and demonstration of bagism. It was released while the couple were in the middle of their second Bed-In in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The song is a ballad in the traditional sense of a narrative poem in a song, not in the sense used in modern pop music where the term usually refers to a slow, sentimental love song. It was the 17th and final UK number one single for The Beatles, and peaked at number eight in the US.

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