Sean Lennon begs Twitter users to stop tweeting Imagine lyrics at him: ‘I am vaguely familiar with it’. ‘Although delightful, please know it is not absolutely necessary’
Speaking to his son, Sean Ono Lennon, for Radio 2’s John Lennon at 80 series, Sir Paul explained it would have been a ‘heartache’ for him if they hadn’t patched their bond up. ‘I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really … that even after all of that, I’m so happy that I got it back together with your dad,’ he said.
‘It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn’t have reunited. It was so lovely that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that.’ Recalling their work relationship, he continued: ‘You think, “Wow, how lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy boy off the bus who turned out to play music like I did. And we get together!”
“I’m writing something and I go: ‘Oh god, this is bloody awful.’ And I think: ‘What would John say?’” he said. “And you go: ‘Yeah, you’re right. It’s bloody awful. You’ve got to change it.’
“And so I’ll change it, and I know from reports that he did similar things to that. If I’d have a record out, he’d go: ‘Bloody hell… got to go in the studio. Got to try and do better than Paul.
Sean will also chat to older brother Julian Lennon and Sir Elton John – who is Sean’s godfather – for the BBC Radio 2 programme, called John Lennon At 80.
Recently Sean Lennon is asking Twitter users to stop sending him the lyrics to “Imagine”, pointing out he’s already ”vaguely familiar” with the tune.
The musician, who’s the 44-year-old son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, made the request on social media on Thursday.
“Although delightful, please know it is not absolutely necessary to quote the lyrics of Imagine to me as a response to each and every tweet I make,” he tweeted.
“It may come as a shock to you but I am vaguely familiar with both the music AND the lyrics of this tune. Thank you.”
As it turns out, he’s not the only Lennon sibling facing this particular issue.
Although delightful, please know it is not absolutely necessary to quote the lyrics of Imagine to me as a response to each and every tweet I make. It may come as a shock to you but I am vaguely familiar with both the music AND the lyrics of this tune. Thank you.
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) April 2, 2020
Julian Lennon, the 56-year-old son of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia Lennon, wrote in response: ”I believe I said something very similar the other day!”
Primus and Claypool Lennon Delirium frontman Les Claypool posted about the experience on Instagram:
“Last night was a pinnacle moment for this Ol’ Colonel’s career. My dear friend and childhood superhero #GeddyLee decided to join The Delirium onstage in Toronto for our rendition of Sean’s Dad’s, “Tomorrow Never Knows“. As Geddy slinked out of the shadows with my Pachyderm bass in his mighty grips, the crowd slowly swelled to a frenzy of recognition.
Alas, our recording equipment went on the fritz so it will only live in our minds…and on the handful of cellphones that were fortunate enough to capture the glory. Good times. – Les Claypool.”