Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember hearing John say that this song was created during his “Bed-In” with Yoko- but I never looked into it’s origins much further. . . except that the concept of they lyric could have been conceived around the dinner table and brought back up during the “Bed-In.”

I’m just sayin’. . .  I’m also just sayin’ I’m glad Julian didn’t also hate asparagus.

This explanation comes directly from Wikipedia:– for those who are into lyrics, like me, it’s noted deeper into the Wikepedia piece that John changed the lyric sheet for publication, changing “masturbation” to “mastication,” which he admitted was a cop out. Maybe it was the parent in him.  . . ?  This is the official video. There’s another youtube video below that’s only about 3 minutes and has the lyrics overlaying the image.

Copy selected from Wikipedia:

The song was written during Lennon’s ‘Bed-In‘ honeymoon in Montreal, Canada.[2] When asked by a reporter what he was trying to achieve by staying in bed, Lennon answered spontaneously “Just give peace a chance”. He went on to say this several times during the Bed-In.[2] Finally, on 1 June 1969, in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, André Perry recorded it using a simple setup of four microphones and a four-track tape recorder rented from a local recording studio.[3] The recording session was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, Joseph Schwartz, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Murray the K and Derek Taylor, many of whom are mentioned in the lyrics. Lennon played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, also on acoustic guitar.

When released in 1969, the song was credited to Lennon–McCartney.[4] On some later releases, only Lennon is credited; viz. the 1990s reissue of the album Live in New York City, the 2006 documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon, and the 1997 compilation album Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon and its DVD version six years later. Lennon later stated his regrets about being “guilty enough to give McCartney credit as co-writer on my first independent single instead of giving it to Yoko, who had actually written it with me.”[1] However, it has also been suggested that the credit was a way of thanking McCartney for helping him record “The Ballad of John and Yoko” at short notice.[5]   

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