John commented on the success of 'Imagine', "In order to get your message across, you just have to sugarcoat it, I know that now. You can also live a lie that you may or may not have created until the day you die, and think everything is dandy, but, again, you cannot hide those real emotional aspects of human existence.
Whatever I do, I have to be myself to a degree. Five strong, intelligent beautiful women, there were five sisters. John Tout. I saw loneliness. John Lennon: You can go to church and sing a hymm to try to make yourself "think" you're okay, or make others "think" you're okay.
It was very traumatic for me.
I thinks there's something to be said about showering, grooming, putting on a brave face when you are hurting, "crippled" inside. More of a piss-take. The first time I worked with John was on the Imagine sessions.
We had a couple of run-throughs and then Phil decided to do a take. The Films: Art to me is a way of showing people how you can think.
And the underlying chip on my shoulder that I had as a youth was really big then. I was sitting down and this little riff came into me head, like an old Twenties song: I remember being evacuated to the country; the food shortage, and starving; going to the next village to find rice for my brother and sister; being stoned by the village kids who hated people from the city; getting anaemic and being diagnosed as having pleurisy; being abused by a doctor, and having my appendix taken out without proper anaesthetics because of the shortage of medicine.
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Conveying one's own feelings into a piece of work that people can relate to on a personal level-which has nothing at all to do with the writer's initial intent or direction in their own mind s of what the song's meaning is-is what good songwriting is all about.
John at the kitchen table, Tittenhurst 26 May 1971. So I must have been seventeen. But I think the song applies to people differently it's a song not a miracle or a panacea, after all.
After the hype of the election, there are just too many characters to mention who fit the bill.
I was smiling like a Cheshire cat! I have cried a lot about not having them and the torture it was. I lost her twice.