Double Fantasy


A Heart Play By John Lennon & Yoko Ono


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Released: November 15, 1980(US & UK)
Recorded: August, 1980
Produced by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas
Engineered by: Lee DeCarlo with assistance from
Jon Smith, James Ball and Julie Last
Cover Photo by: Kishin Shinoyama
Label: Geffen GHS-2001, Geffen K99131
Reissued on CD: October 9, 2000 Capital Records Inc. 7243 5 28739 2 0

Double Fantasy bylo Johnovým posledním albem vydaným za jeho života. Jen pro zajímavost - právě na toto album se Lennon podepsal svému vrahovi. Po pětileté přestávce od show byznysu, kdy dělal "muže v domácnosti", byl plný hudebních nápadů, které chtěl realizovat právě na tomto albu. Double Fantasy mělo být původně dvojdílné(odtud název double), ale ze známých důvodů byla nejdříve vydána první část (Double Fantasy) a teprve o čtyři roky později jeho druhá část(Milk And Honey). Producentům se moc nelíbilo, že Yoko zde bude mít stejný počet písní jako John a chtěli čistě lennonovské album, ale Lennon trval tvrdošíjně na svém. Ostatně poddtitul alba zní A Heart Play By John Lennon & Yoko Ono, což měl být jakýsi dialog mezi mužem a ženou, kdy se oba interpreti v tomto dialogu pravidelně střídají. Když se podíváte na řazení jednotlivých písní, tak si určitě všimnete, že tohoto Lennonova požadavku zde bylo dosaženo. Polovina věcí na tomto albu je od Yoko a myslím si, že patří k těm nejlepším, které kdy napsala. Po svém prvním vydání v listopadu 1980 většina kritiků přijala toto album celkem vlažně, avšak jeho prodejnost se prudce zvýšila po Johnově smrti. V roce 1981 Double Fantasy pak získala cenu Grammy za nejlepší album roku.
9.října roku 2000 vydala Yoko k Johnovým nedožitým šedesátinám reedici tohoto CD, kde byly přidány celkem tři tracky. Píseň Walking On Thin Ice od Yoko Ono byla v dubnu 2003 skupinou The Pet Shop Boys remixována a umístila se na prvním místě v anglické Billboard dance chart. Pokud se někdy rozhodnete koupit toto album, tak určitě chtějte tuto verzi, která navíc obsahuje velmi zajímavý booklet s texty a mnoha novými fotografiemi - viz VOLUME 7.


Highest U.S. chart position(after first release)
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Track Listing
  1. (Just Like) Starting Over {Lennon} (3:56)
  2. Kiss Kiss Kiss {Yoko Ono} (2:41)
  3. Cleanup Time {Lennon} (2:58)
  4. Give Me Something {Yoko Ono} (1:35)
  5. I´m Losing You {Lennon} (3:57)
  6. I´m Moving On {Yoko Ono} (2:19)
  7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) {Lennon} (4:04)
  8. Watching The Wheels {Lennon} (3:59)
  9. Yes, I am Your Angel {Yoko Ono} (3:09)
  10. Woman {Lennon} (3:32)
  11. Beautiful Boys {Yoko Ono} (2:55)
  12. Dear Yoko {Lennon} (2:34)
  13. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him {Yoko Ono} (4:02)
  14. Hard Times Are Over {Yoko Ono} (3:22)
  15. Help Me To Help Myself {John Lennon} (2:37)(Special CD Bonus Track) Home recording 1980
  16. Walking On Thin Ice {Yoko Ono} (6:00)(Special CD Bonus Track)
  17. Central Park Stroll (dialogue)(0:17)(Special CD Bonus Track) Wild Soundtrack from Double Fantasy promo videos
  • Total CD playing time 53:53


Performers
John Lennon - lead vocals(1,3,5,7,8,10,12,15), guitar,piano,keyboards
Yoko Ono - lead vocals(2,4,6,9,11,13,14,16)
Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken - guitars
Tony Levin - bass
George Small - keyboards
Andy Newmark - drums
Arthur Jenkins, Jr. - percussion
Ed Walsh - oberheim
Cas Mijac aka: Michelle Simpson, Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason Jacks,
Eric Troyer, Benny Cummings Singers / Kings Temple Choir - background vocals
Robert Greenidge - steel drum on "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"
Matthew Cunningham - hammer dulcimer on "Watching The Wheels"
Randy Stein - English Concertina
Howard Johnson, Grant Hungerford, John Parran, Seldon Powell, George
"Young" Opalisky, Roger Rosenberg, David Tofani, Ronald Tooley - horns
Tony Davillo - musical associate, horn arrangement on "Yes, I'm Your Angel"






(Just Like) Starting Over
John Lennon

Our life together is so precious together
We have grown-we have grown
Although our love is still special
Let's take a chance and fly away somewhere alone.

It's been too long since we took the time
No-one's to blame, I know time flies so quickly
But when I see you darling
It's like we both are falling in love again
It'll be just like starting over-starting over.

Everyday we used to make it love
Why can't we be making love nice and easy?
It's time to spread our wings and fly
Don't let another day go by my love
It'll be just like starting over-starting over.

Why don't we take off alone?
Take a trip somewhere far, far away
We'll be together all alone again
Like we used to in the early days
Well, well, well darling.

It's been too long since we took the time
No-one's to blame, I know time flies so quickly
But when I see you darling
It's like we both are falling in love again
It'll be just like starting over-starting over.

Look out!

Our life together is so precious together
We have grown, we have grown
Although our love is still special
Let's take a chance and fly away somewhere

Starting over.

©Lenono Music



Kiss Kiss Kiss
Yoko Ono

Kiss kiss kiss kiss me love
Just one kiss, kiss will do
Kiss kiss kiss kiss me love
Just one kiss, kiss will do.

Why death
Why life
Warm hearts
Cold darts.

Kiss kiss kiss kiss me love
I'm bleeding inside.

It's a long, long story to tell
And I can only show you my hell.

Touch touch touch touch me love
Just one touch, touch will do
Touch touch touch touch me love
Just one touch, touch will do.

Why me
Why you
Broken mirror
White terror.

Touch touch touch touch me love
I'm shaking inside.

It's that faint, faint sound of the childhood bell
Ringing in my soul.

Kiss kiss kiss kiss me love
Just one kiss, kiss will do.

©Lenono Music



Cleanup Time
John Lennon

Bubble, bubble

Moonlight on the water
Sunlight on my face
You and me together
We are in our place.
The gods are in the heavens
Angels treat us well
Oracle has spoken
We cast the perfect spell.

The queen is in the counting house
Counting out the money
The king is in the kitchen
Making bread and honey
No friends and yet no enemies
Absolutely free
No rats aboard the magic ship
Of perfect harmony.

Now it begins-let it begin
Cleanup Time

However far we travel
Wherever we may roam
The center of the circle
Will always be our home yeah, yeah, yeah.

Cleanup Time
Cleanup.

©Lenono Music



Give Me Something
Yoko Ono

The food is cold
Your eyes are cold
The window's cold
The bed's cold.

Give me something that's not cold, come on, come on
Give me something that's not cold, come on, come on
Give me something that's not cold, come on, come on
Give me, give me, give me.

The chair's hard
Your voice is hard
The money's hard
The living's hard.

Give me something that's not hard, come on, come on
Give me something that's not hard, come on, come on
Give me something that's not hard, come on, come on
Give me, give me, give me.

And I'll give you my heartbeat
And a bit of tear and flesh
It's not very much but while it's there
You can have it, you can have it.

©Lenono Music



I'm Losing You
John Lennon

Here in some stranger's room
Late in the afternoon
What am I doing here at all?
Ain't no doubt about it
I'm losing you
I'm losing you.

Somehow the wires have crossed
Communication's lost
Can't even get you on the telephone
Just got to shout about it
I'm losing you
I'm losing you.

Well here in the valley of indecision
I don't know what to do
I feel you slipping away
I feel you slipping away
I'm losing you
I'm losing you.

Well now, you say you're not getting enough
But I remind you of all that bad bad bad stuff
So what the hell am I supposed to do?
Just put a bandaid on it?
And stop the bleeding now
Stop the bleeding now.

Well

I'm losing you
I'm losing you
Well, well, well.

I know I hurt you then
But hell, that was way back when
Well, do you still have to carry that cross?

Rock it !

Don't wanna hear about it
I'm losing you
I'm losing you

Don't wanna lose you now
Welllllllll!
Long long long

©Lenono Music



I'm Moving On
Yoko Ono

Save your sweet talk for when you score
Keep your Monday kisses for your glass lady
I want the truth and nothing more
I'm moving on, moving on you're getting phony.

You didn't have to tell me a white lie
You knew you scored me for life
Don't stick your fingers in my pie
You know I'll see through your jive
I want the truth and nothing more
I'm moving on, moving on we're getting phony

When you were angry you had love in your eyes
When you were sad you had dream in your voice
But now you're giving me your window smile
I'm moving on, moving on it's getting phony.

Moving on

©Lenono Music



Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
John Lennon

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here.

Beautiful
Beautiful beautiful
Beautiful Boy.

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Ev´ry day in ev´ry way
It's getting better and better.

Beautiful
Beautiful beautiful
Beautiful Boy.

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both
Just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes, it's a long way to go but in the meantime.

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy
Making other plans.

Beautiful
Beautiful beautiful
Beautiful Boy.

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better.

Beautiful
Beautiful beautiful
Beautiful Boy.
Darling
Darling
Darling Sean.

Good night Sean
See you in the morning

©Lenono Music



Watching The Wheels
John Lennon

People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game.

People say I'm lazy, dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball?

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go.

People asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry
I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go.

©Lenono Music



Yes, I'm Your Angel
Yoko Ono

Yes, I'm your angel
I'll give you everything
In my magic power
So make a wish
And I'll let it come true for you tra, la la la

Yes, you're my fairy
You give me everything
I ever wanted from life
Have I made a wish
And is that why I have you tra, la la la

We believe in pumpkins that turn into princes
And frogs that turn into prince
We believe in moons that smile to us
When we hurry home before the midnight strikes, tra la la la

Yes, I'm so pretty
You're so dizzy
And we're so happy every day
Let's make a wish and let it come true for us, tra la la la

I'm in your pocket
You're in my locket
And we're so lucky in every way
We make a wish and let it come true for us, tra la la la

We believe in houses built in the sky
And love that lifts us high
We believe in the sun that looks over our shoulders
And brings our shadows together, tra la la la

Yes,
Our hearts are one
Our bodies, too
And it's so good (um)everytime
We make a wish
And let it come true for you, too, tra la la la

Happy birthday, my love
I'm your angel
I'll give you everything
In my magic power
So make a wish
And I'll let it come true for you
Tra la la la la la.

©Lenono Music



Woman
John Lennon

"For the other half of the sky"

Woman I can hardly express
My mixed emotions at my thoughtlessness
After all I'm forever in your debt
And woman I will try to express
My inner feelings and thankfulness
For showing me the meaning of success ooh well.

Woman I know you understand
The little child inside the man
Please remember my life is in your hands
And woman hold me close to your heart
However distant don't keep us apart
After all it is written in the stars ooh well.

Woman please let me explain
I never meant to cause you sorrow or pain
So let me tell you again and again and again.

(I love you now and forever)

©Lenono Music



Beautiful Boys
Yoko Ono

You're a beautiful boy
With all your little toys
Your eyes have seen the world
Though you're only four years old
And your tears are streaming
Even when you're smiling
Please never be afraid to cry.

You're a beautiful boy
With all your little ploys
Your mind has changed the world
And you're now forty years old
You got all you can carry
And still feel somehow empty
Don't ever be afraid to fly.

All you beautiful boys
Creating multiple plays
You like to fence in your world
And settle down when you're old
You can run from pole to pole
And never scratch your soul
Don't be afraid to go to hell and back
Don't be afraid to go to hell and back
Don't be afraid to be afraid.

©Lenono Music



Dear Yoko
John Lennon

Even after all these years
I miss you when you're not here
I wish you were here my dear Yoko.
Even if it's just a day
I miss you when you're away
I wish you were here today dear Yoko.

Even if it's just one night
I miss you and it don't feel right
I wish you were here tonight dear Yoko.
Even if it's just one hour
I wilt just like a fading flower
Ain't nothing in the world like our love dear Yoko.

Oh Yoko
I'll never ever gonna let you go

Even when I'm miles at sea
And nowhere is the place to be
Your spirit's watching over me dear Yoko.
Even when I watch T.V.
There's a hole where you're supposed to be
There's nobody lying next to me dear Yoko.

Oh Yoko
I'll never ever gonna let you go
Oh Yoko
I'll never ever gonna let you go.

Even after all this time
I miss you like the sun don't shine
Without you I'm a one track mind dear Yoko.
After all is really said and done
The two of us are really one
The goddess really smiled upon our love dear Yoko.

©Lenono Music



Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
Yoko Ono

Every man has a woman who loves him
In rain or shine or life or death
If he finds her in this life time
He will know when he presses his ear to her breast.

Why do I roam when I know you're the one?
Why do I laugh when I feel like crying?

Every woman has a man who loves her
Rise or fall of her life and in death
If she finds him in this life time
She will know when she looks into his eyes.

Why do I roam when I know you're the one?
Why do I run when I feel like holding you?

Every man has a woman who loves him
If he finds her in this life time
He will know.

©Lenono Music



Hard Times Are Over
Yoko Ono

It's been very hard
But it's getting easier now
Hard times are over, over for a while.
The leaves are shining in the sun
And I'm smiling inside
You and I watching each other on a street corner
Cars and buses and planes and people go by
But we don't care
We want to know
We want to know in each other's eyes
That hard times are over, over for some time

Hard times are over
Hard times are over
Hard times are over, over for a while.

It's been very rough
But it's getting easier now
Hard times are over, over for awhile
The streams are twinkling in the sun
And I'm smiling inside
You and I walking together 'round the street corner.

Hard times are over
Hard times are over
Hard times are over, over for a while.

Hard times are over
Hard times are over
Hard times are over, over for a while.

Hard times are over
Hard times are over
Hard times are over, over for a while.

Hard times are over

©Lenono Music



Help Me To Help Myself
John Lennon

Well I tried so hard to settle down
But the angel of destruction keeps on
Houndin´ me all around
But I know in my heart
That we never really parted
Oh, no. Oh help me Lord
Oh, help me Lord
Yeah yeah
Help me to help myself
Help me to help myself
They say the Lord helps those
Who help themselves
So I´m asking this question
In the hope that you´ll be kind
´cause I know deep inside
I was never satisfied
Oh, no. Oh help me Lord
Please help me Lord
Yeah yeah
Help me to help myself
Help me to help myself.

©Lenono Music



Walking On Thin Ice
Yoko Ono

Walking on thin ice
I´m paying the price
For throwing dice in the air
Why must we learn it the hard way
And play the game of life with your heart

I gave you my knife
You gave me my life
Like a gush of wind in my hair
Why do we forget what´s been said
And play the game of life with our hearts

I may cry some day
But the tears will dry whichever way
And when our hearts return to ashes
It´ll be just a story
It´ll be just a story

"I knew a girl
Who tried to walk across the lake
´Course it was winter and all this was ice
That´s hell of a thing to do, you know
They say this lake is as big as the ocean
I wonder if she knew about it?"

©Ono Music



With special thanks to all the people, known and unknown, who helped us to stay in America, without whom this album would not have been made.
          love,
          John & Yoko


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