"I don't bother so much about the others'
songs. For instance, I don't give a damn about how 'Something'
is doing in the charts -- I watch 'Come Together' (the flip
side) because that's my song."
"I only ever asked two people to work
with me as a partner. One was Paul McCartney and the other
Yoko Ono. Paul and me were the Beatles."
"I've always thought there was this
underlying thing in Paul's "Get Back." When we
were in the studio recording it, every time he sang the line "Get
back to where you once belonged," he'd look at Yoko."
John Lennon, 1980 interview with Playboy magazine
"The idea of being a rock and roll musician
sort of suited my talents and mentality. The freedom was
great, but then I found out I wasn't free. I'd got boxed
in ...The whole Beatle thing is just beyond comprehension
... subconsciously I was crying for help."
"The writing of the Beatles, or John and Paul's contribution
to the Beatles in the late sixties - had a kind of depth
to it, a more mature, more intellectual approach. We were
different people, we were older. We knew each other in all
kinds of different ways than when we wrote together as teenagers
and in our older twenties."
"...The f*ckin' fans tried to beat me into being a
f*ckin' Beatle or an Engelbert Humperdinck, and the critics
tried to beat me into being Paul McCartney."
"I don't miss it. I'm glad it happened, but I don't
“The dream is over. I gotta get down to reality. The
good old days is garbage.”
"My life with the Beatles had become a trap… I
always remember to thank Jesus for the end of my touring
days; if I hadn't said that the Beatles were 'bigger than
Jesus' and upset the very Christian Ku Klux Klan, well, Lord,
I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas!
God bless America. Thank you, Jesus."
"What would you suggest I do? Give everything away
and walk the streets? The Buddhist says, "Get rid of the
possessions of the mind." Walking away from all
the money would not accomplish that. It's like the Beatles. I couldn't walk
away from the Beatles. That's one possession that's still tagging along, right?"
"It's just natural, it's not a great disaster. People
keep talking about it like it's The End of The Earth. It's
only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important.
You know, you have all the old records there if you want
"I didn't leave the Beatles. The Beatles have left the
Beatles, but no one wants to be the one to say the party's
Question: "How would you trace the breakup of the Beatles?"
John Lennon: "After Brian died, we collapsed. Paul took
over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us, when
we went round in circles? We broke up then. That was the
"My original idea for the cover was better - decapitate
Paul - but he wouldn't go along with it."
John talking about the "butcher cover" for the album Yesterday...
"We thought being offered the M.B.E. [Member of the
Order of the British Empire] was as funny as everybody else
thought it was. Why? What for? We didn't believe it. It was
a part we didn't want. We all met and agreed it was daft."
"We were always going to dump him when we found a decent
John Lennon about Pete Best
"We were cowards when we sacked him."
John Lennon about Pete Best
Reporter: "Can we look foward to any more Beatle movies?"
John Lennon: "Well, there'll be many more but I'm not sure whether you can
look foward to them or not."
Reporter: "Why does it (your music) excite them (the
fans) so much?"
John Lennon: "If we knew we'd form another group and be managers."
Interviewer: "Is Ringo the best drummer in the world?"
John Lennon: "Ringo isn't even the best drummer in The Beatles"
"Without Jimmy Dean, the Beatles never would have existed."
"If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn
to swim. And once you've learned - swim!"
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