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Yoko Ono Is So Right. So Was Her Husband John Lennon

Written by on April 21, 2022

Story by Chuck Tackett

Yoko Ono Is So Right. So Was Her Husband John Lennon

   “Walking on thin ice, I’m paying the price for throwing the dice in the air. Why must we learn the hard way?” – Yoko Ono, song, “Walking On Thin Ice.

  “You’re not being oppressed when another group gains rights that you always had.” – Facebook post

  “Fools try to ignore facts, but wise men must face facts to remain wise. Fools refuse to change from their silly ways and beliefs, but the mental flexibility of the wise man permits him to keep an open mind and enables him to readjust himself whenever it becomes necessary for a change.” – Malcolm X

Down through the decades, it has been pretty much routine to poke fun at songwriter/activist Yoko Ono. In my opinion, pretty much of the hostility toward Ms. Ono has been the belief she alone was responsible for the breakup of The Beatles. Only Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono can truly address that presumption. When doing research for this article, I found out John and Yoko were returning to their apartment after working at their recording studio on December 8th, 1980. John Lennon was carrying a final mix of the song “Walking On Thin Ice” that he helped Yoko with. He believed it would become a big hit for her. Unfortunately, a deranged fan Mark David Chapman murdered John right in front of Yoko. Knowing that now, John was right. it was a huge hit for Yoko on the dance charts, but it probably would have had greater success if he would have lived. that song only reached #58 on Billboard’s Top 100.

If you are a regular reader of my bi-weekly column, you’re cognizant of the fact that musically, I am very eclectic. I do love to dance to a lot of old-school R&B, Funk, New Wave, and a lot of underground Disco. Be aware I do pay attention to lyrics. What a performer says lyrically is just as important to me as the ass-shaking beat.

Case in point. I agree with you all who say Yoko Ono’s singing is an acquired taste. More important to me is the message in her songs and her peace activism. Plenty of us gets way too distracted by unimportant things we can’t control or don’t have a direct effect on our lives.

You can take this easy, or you can take it rough. What you can control is who you put in office locally, statewide, and nationally that has a direct impact on your life from the decisions that they make on policies. That should be a priority for all of us, not what’s happening in pop culture.

Yoko is so correct when she sang that we’re paying the price for throwing the dice in the air. It seems to me that she is so right when she sang why must we learn the hard way; when in fact we don’t have to do that. GOP Regressives have shown us in no uncertain terms that they don’t believe in democracy. They don’t care about our climate that is on red alert. They do not care about ALL poor/middle-class folks. Some of you foolishly think you have the protection of your complexion. A recent example of that is what Regressive GOP Texas Governor Abbot is doing regarding cross-border food delivery trucks. The purpose of the stunt he is pulling is to dramatically increase food prices, so Texans can blame President Joe Biden. Not just Non-White Texans, but White Texans as well. Thankfully Democrat Beto O’ Rourke has tossed his hat in the ring to run against Abbot this fall.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon were a great team, but alone Yoko is still the activist she always has been.

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