22. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon

This is Lennon's first real music project after the Beatles' break up. The band, named Plastic Ono Band, includes Klaus Voorman on bass and Ringo Starr on drums. The famous tracks: Mother is, maybe, the most tragic song Lennon ever sang, a unique dramatic, personal confession. Working Class Hero is clearly influenced by Bob Dylan. The album lacks the popularity of its follow-up, Imagine but it sounds more sincere and personal.
01.- Mother
 
Mother, you had me, but I never had you
I wanted you, you didn't want me
So I, I just got to tell you
Goodbye, goodbye
 
Father, you left me, but I never left you
I needed you, you didn't need me
So I, I just got to tell you
Goodbye, goodbye
 
Children, don't do what I have done
I couldn't walk and I tried to run
So I, I just got to tell you
Goodbye, goodbye
 
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
(repeat 9 more times)
 
 
02.- Hold On
 
Hold on John, John hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna win the fight
 
Hold on Yoko, Yoko hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna make the flight
 
When you're by yourself
And there's no-one else
You just have yourself
And you tell yourself
Just to hold on
 
Cookie!
 
Hold on world, world hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna see the light
 
When you're one
Really one
Well, you get things done
Like they've never been done
So hold on
 
 
03.- I Found Out
 
I told you before, stay away from my door
Don't give me that brother, brother, brother, brother
The freaks on the phone, won't leave me alone
So don't give me that brother, brother, brother, brother No!
I, I found out!
I, I found out!
 
Now that I showed you what I been through
Don't take nobody's word what you can do
There ain't no Jesus gonna come from the sky Now that I found out I know I can cry
 
I, I found out!
I, I found out!
 
Some of you sitting there with your cock in your hand
Don't get you nowhere don't make you a man
I heard something 'bout my Ma and my Pa
They didn't want me so they made me a star
 
I, I found out!
I, I found out!
 
Old Hare Krishna got nothing on you
Just keep you crazy with nothing to do
Keep you occupied with pie in the sky
There ain't no guru who can see through your eyes
 
I, I found out!
I, I found out!
 
I seen through junkies, I been through it all
I seen religion from Jesus to Paul
Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine No one can harm you, feel your own pain
 
I, I found out!
I, I found this out!
I, I found out!
 
 
04.- Working Class Hero
 
As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
 
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
 
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
 
There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
 
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.
 
 
05.- Isolation
 
People say we got it made
Don't they know we're so afraid?
Isolation
We're afraid to be alone
Everybody got to have a home
Isolation
Just a boy and a little girl
Trying to change the whole wide world
Isolation
The world is just a little town
Everybody trying to put us down
Isolation
 
I don't expect you to understand
After you've caused so much pain
But then again, you're not to blame
You're just a human, a victim of the insane
 
We're afraid of everyone
Afraid of the sun
Isolation
The sun will never disappear
But the world may not have many years
Isolation.
 
 
06.- Remember
 
Remember when you were young?
How the hero was never hung
Always got away
Remember how the man
Used to leave you empty handed?
Always, always let you down
If you ever change your mind
About leaving it all behind
Remember, remember, today
And don't feel sorry
The way it's gone
And don't you worry
'Bout what you've done
 
Just remember when you were small
How people seemed so tall
Always had their way
Do you remember your Ma and Pa
Just wishing for movie stardom
Always, always playing a part
If you ever feel so sad
And the whole world is driving you mad
Remember, remember, today
 
And don't feel sorry
'Bout the way it's gone
And don't you worry
'Bout what you've done
 
No, no, remember, remember
The fifth of November.
 
 
07.- Love
 
Love is real, real is love
Love is feeling, feeling love
Love is wanting to be loved
Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved
 
Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
We can be
 
Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved.
 
 
08.- Well Well Well
 
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
I took my loved one out to dinner
So we could get a bite to eat
And though we both had been much thinner
She looked so beautiful I could eat her
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
 
I took my loved one to a big field
So we could watch the English sky
We both were nervous feeling guilty
And neither one of us knew just why
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
(repeat several times)
 
We sat and talked of revolution
Just like two liberals in the sun
We talked of women's liberation
And how the hell we could get things done
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
 
I took my loved one to a big field
So we could catch the English sky
We both were nervous feeling guilty
And neither one of us knew just why
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
(repeat several times)
 
 
09.- Look At Me
 
Look at me
Who am I supposed to be?
Who am I supposed to be?
Look at me
What am I supposed to be?
What am I supposed to be?
Look at me
Oh my love, oh my love
Here I am
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do?
Here I am
What can I do for you?
What can I do for you?
Here I am
Oh my love, oh my love
 
Look at me, oh please look at me, my love
Here I am
Oh my love
 
Who am I?
Nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me
Who am I?
Nobody else can see
Just you and me
Who are we?
Oh my love, oh my love, oh my love...
 
 
10.- God
 
God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I'll say it again
God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I don't believe in magic
I don't believe in I-ching
I don't believe in Bible
I don't believe in tarot
I don't believe in Hitler
I don't believe in Jesus
I don't believe in Kennedy
I don't believe in Buddha
I don't believe in Mantra
I don't believe in Gita
I don't believe in Yoga
I don't believe in kings
I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me
Yoko and me
And that's reality
 
The dream is over
What can I say?
The dream is over
Yesterday
I was the Dreamweaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
And so dear friends
You'll just have to carry on
The dream is over.
 
 
11.- My Mummy's Dead
 
My mummy's dead
I can't get it through my head
Though it's been so many years
My mummy's dead
I can't explain
So much pain
I could never show it
My mummy's dead.

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