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10 October 2010 @ 12:13 pm
Writer's Block: Whatever gets you through the night  
What is your favorite John Lennon song, and why?


"Pshyah," I said, "This will be such an easy question to answer.  I love the Beatles."

Yesterday is a great song.  Oops!  That's primarily a McCartney number.
Blackbird is - oops! - also McCartney.
Eleanor Rigby...crap.  Another one of Paul's, I think.

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I guess it's a toss-up between Across the Universe and Nowhere Man

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I always liked Nowhere Man

He's a real nowhere man
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

Doesn't have a point of view
knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?


It's such a quiet song.   It's a lonely song.  It's really introspective.  Even though the singer is speaking about someone else, it seems like he's really talking about himself.  A song about a guy in a fog, not really doing or going, just sitting and spacing while the rest of the world continues moving.  I don't know whether to feel sorry for the Nowhere Man, or envious.  Is he unhappy or full of zen-like contentment? *shrug* 
Plus, I really tend to favor songs that have a bit of a story in them, and Nowhere Man certainly has that.

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Across the Universe is really beautiful, though.  I like the poetry of it, especially the opening lines:

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.


Part of me wants to rebel against naming this one as a favorite, just because it's probably everyones'  favorite.

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I can't say I've heard a lot of Lennon's post-Beatle work.  Imagine's great, blah blah blah.  Haven't listened to his other solo albums, though.