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At number 48 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 best Beatles songs is “The Ballad of John and Yoko”. This song, recorded in May 1969 but written by John Lennon during his honeymoon in Paris in the March, tells of the events of the previous few weeks, including his marriage to Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. The song is basically a diary of their marriage and immediate aftermath, including their first ‘bed-in’ for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton. It was written before the more famous bed-in for peace in Toronto, which is where Lennon recorded “Give Peace a Chance”.

Lennon was in a hurry to release it as a single, probably because of the diary-nature of the song so, rather than waiting for Ringo Starr and George Harrison to be available, Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded it themselves without the other two present. It got to number 1 in the Disunited Kingdom, their last single to do so during the time the band were together. The B-side was Harrison’s “Old Brown Shoe”.



At number 48 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

At number 48 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “The Ballad of John and Yoko”.



The lyrics caused some controversy, with the chorus beginning “Christ, you know it ain’t easy…”. I remember my father objecting to these lyrics when I used to play the song as a teenager.


Standing in the dock at Southampton,
Trying to get to Holland or France.
The man in the mac said, “You’ve got to turn 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,
Honey mooning down by the Seine.
Peter Brown called to say,
“You can make it O.K.,
You can get married in Gibraltar, near Spain”.

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.

Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton,
Talking in our beds for a week.
The newspapers said, “Say what you doing in bed?”
I said, “We’re only trying to get us some peace”.

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.

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 newspapers said, “She’s gone to his head,
They look just like two gurus in drag”.

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.

Caught an 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”.

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.
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me.


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!




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