ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, September 02, 2003


Was co-written by Yoko Ono

John Lennon admitted, in an interview two days before this death, that he had been ‘too macho’ to give his wife the credit she deserved for writing the lyrics to one of the world’s best-loved songs.

He said: “Imagine should be credited as a Lennon/Yoko Ono song. A lot of it, the lyrics and the concept, came from her. Straight out of her book, Grapefruit. Imagine this or imagine that.”

The simple lyrics of Imagine – voted the UK’s favourite song of all time - has been adopted as an anthem of the secular generation and is one of the most influential lyrics ever produced.

The new disclosures are revealed in a BBC2 Arena documentary, Imagine IMAGINE, to be broadcast on September 20, 2003.


At the age of 70, Ono has emerged as a chart-topping artist in her own right. Her 1981 single Walking on Thin Ice topped the American Billboard’s Dance Music Club play chart two months ago.

Her artwork is enjoying success as well and this summer she has attended exhibitions of her work in Venice, Berlin, Paris and Seoul.

Yes Yoko Ono is travelling throughout United States and Canada through 2003.

She has organised a series of exhibitions of Lennon’s sketches, too.
# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 9/02/2003
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