For almost 50 years, an injustice has been done to John Lennon’s memory. I always assumed that “Imagine” was all his fault. Not so.
At the annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon received the organization’s new Centennial Song award for John Lennon’s legendary 1971 song “Imagine” — and Yoko received more than that. NMPA CEO David Israelite showed a video from 1980 wherein John said that Yoko deserved a songwriting credit for “Imagine” because of her influence and inspiration on it — and Israelite announced that in accordance with Lennon’s wish, Yoko will be added to the song as a co-writer.
Good. It’s not the worst song he ever wrote. It’s the worst song anyone ever wrote. I’m glad she’s finally being forced to accept some of the blame. The treacly, fraudulent lyrics are all his, I assume, but at least now the misery has some company.
Here’s a much better song Yoko wrote just a few months ago:
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) November 11, 2016
Ahhhhh. Now that’s music!