Walls And Bridges

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Released: September 26, 1974(US) and October 4, 1974 (UK)
Recorded: June - August, 1974
Produced by: John Lennon
Engineered by: Shelly "I can't take the pressure" Yakus
Cover Painting by: John Lennon, June 1952, age 11
Label: EMI CDP 7 46768 2(CD), EMI/Apple 1C 064-05 733(LP)

Walls and Bridges bylo Johnovo poslední album, které natočil před svým dobrovolným odchodem od hudebního šoubyznysu(až o šest let později nahrál Double Fantasy). Bylo vytvořeno během doby, kdy žil odděleně od své manželky Yoko Ono a bohatě si užíval svobodného života. Toto období je všeobecně známé jako "The Lost Weekend" - Ztracený týden, i když v podstatě trvalo 18 měsíců. Přední strana alba a booklet uvnitř obsahují kromě textů písní i několik Johnových dětských kreseb. Oč jsou majitelé CD nosičů oproti majitelům starých LP v tomto případě ochuzeni je skutečnost, že LP má poněkud zvláštní rozkládací obal a velký booklet, ve kterém plně vyniknou Lennonovy dětské malůvky.
Celkem zajímavým počinem je zde genealogické pojednání o irských kořenech Lennonova příjmení od Edwarda Maclysaghta. Další zajímavou věcí je, že vtipálek John zde u jednotlivých písní nepoužívá své vlastní jméno ale různé přezdívky jako Dr.Winston O´Ghurkin, Kaptain Kundalini, Dr.Dream, Booker Table apod. Album vyšlo 4.října 1974 v Anglii a přineslo Lennonovi jeho první sólový hit na pozici č.1 v americké hitparádě. Tím hitem se stala píseň Whatever Gets You Thru The Night, kterou natočil společně s Eltonem Johnem.
V srpnu roku 2005 bylo toto album vydáno znovu v remasterované verzi.

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Highest U.S. chart position
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Track Listing
  1. Going Down On Love {Lennon} (3:57)
  2. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night {Lennon(3:27)
  3. Old Dirt Road {Lennon/Harry Nilsson} (4:12)
  4. What You Got {Lennon} (3:10)
  5. Bless You {Lennon} (4:37)
  6. Scared {Lennon} (4:39)
  7. No. 9 Dream {Lennon} (4:47)
  8. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) {Lennon} (2:57)
  9. Steel And Glass {Lennon} (4:39)
  10. Beef Jerky {Lennon} (3:31)
  11. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) {Lennon} (5:12)
  12. Ya Ya {Morris Robinson/Clarence Lewis/Lee Dorsey} (1:06)
  • Total playing time 46:14


Performers
  • John Lennon (as Dr. Winston O'Ghurkin, Hon. John St. John Johnson, Rev. Thumbs Ghurkin, Rev. Fred Ghurkin, Mel Torment, Dr. Dream, Dr. Winston O'Reggae, Dr. Winston, Booker Table and The Maitre d's, Dwarf McDougal, Dad):lead vocal, guitar, piano(6), acoustic guitar(6,8,10,11)
  • Jesse Ed Davis: guitar(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
  • Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
  • Ken Ascher: electric piano(1,2,3,6),clavinet(2,4,7,8,9), mellotron(5) organ(11)
  • Nicky Hopkins: piano(1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11)
  • Klaus Voormann: bass(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
  • Jim Keltner: drums(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11)
  • Arthur Jenkins: percussion(1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Elton John: organ, piano, harmony vocal(2,8)
  • Bobby Keys: tenor saxophone(2)
  • Harry Nilsson: background vocal(3)
  • Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Howard Johnson, Ron Aprea, Frank Vicari: Little Big Horns (1,6,8,9,10,11) featuring Howard Johnson on baritone(4,6)
  • John Lennon, May Pang, Lori Burton, Joey Dambra(as the 44th Street Fairies): background vocals(8)
  • Julian Lennon: drums(12)






  • Going Down On Love
    John Lennon

    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Going down on love
    Going down on love
    Going down, going down, going down.

    When the real thing goes wrong
    And you can't get it on
    And your love she has gone
    And you got to carry on
    And you shoot out the light
    Ain't coming home for the night
    You know you got to, got to, got to pay the price!

    Somebody please, please help me
    You know I'm drowning in the sea of hatred.

    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Going down on love
    Going down on love
    Going down, going down, going down.

    Something precious and rare
    Disappears in thin air
    And it seems so unfair
    Nothing doin' nowhere
    Well you burn all your boats
    And you sow your wild oats
    Well you know, you know, you know the price is right!

    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to get down, down on my knees
    Got to, got to get down, down on my knees.

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Whatever Gets You Through The Night
    John Lennon

    Whatever gets you through the night 'salright, 'salright
    It's your money or your life 'salright, 'salright
    Don't need a sword to cut thru flowers oh no, oh no

    Whatever gets you through your life 'salright, 'salright
    Do it wrong or do it right 'salright, 'salright
    Don't need a watch to waste your time oh no, oh no

    Hold me darlin' come on listen to me
    I won't do you no harm
    Trust me darlin' come on listen to me, come on listen to me
    Come on listen, listen.

    Whatever gets you to the light 'salright, 'salright
    Out the blue or out of sight 'salright, 'salright
    Don't need a gun to blow your mind oh no, oh no

    Hold me darlin' come on listen to me
    I won't do you no harm
    Trust me darlin' come on listen to me, come on listen to me
    Come on listen, listen.

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Old Dirt Road
    John Lennon & Harry Nilsson

    Ain't no people on the old dirt road
    No more weather on the old dirt road
    But it's better than a mudslide mamma when the dry spell come
    Oh oh oh oh old dirt road.

    Ain't no difference on the old dirt road
    Tarred and feathered on the old dirt road
    Trying to shovel smoke with a pitchfork in the wind

    Breezing thru the deadwood on a hot summer day
    I saw a human being lazybonin' out in the hay
    I said uh, hey, Mr. Human can ya rainmaker too?
    He said I guess it's O.K. ya know the only thing we need is water
    Cool, clear water!
    Water...

    Ain't no people on the old dirt road
    No more weather on the old dirt road
    Better than a mudslide mamma when the morning comes, yeah
    Oh oh oh oh old dirt road.

    Mm, good night

    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    Keep on keeping on
    So long, so long
    Bye bye bye
    Keep on keeping on ...

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp./Blackwood Music Inc.



    What You Got
    John Lennon

    Don't wanna be a drag, everybody gotta bag
    I know you know, 'bout the emperor's clothes

    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    Oh baby, baby, baby gimme one more chance.

    Well it's Saturday night and I just gotta rip it up
    Sunday morning I just gotta give it up

    Come Monday momma and I just gotta run away
    You know it's such a drag to face another day.

    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    Oh baby, baby, baby gimme one more chance.

    You know the more it change, the more it stays the same
    You gotta hang on in, you gotta cut the string.

    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    You don't know what you got, until you lose it
    Oh baby, baby, baby gimme one more chance.

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Bless You
    John Lennon

    Bless you wherever you are
    Windswept child on a shooting star
    Restless Spirits depart
    Still we're deep in each other's hearts

    Some people say it's over
    Now that we spread our wings
    But we know better darling
    The hollow ring is only last year's echo.

    Bless you whoever you are
    Holding her now
    Be warm and kind hearted
    And remember though love is strange
    Now and forever our love will remain

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Scared
    John Lennon

    I'm scared, I'm scared, I'm scared
    I'm scared, so scared
    I'm scared, I'm scared, I'm scared
    As the years roll away
    And the price that I paid
    And the straws slips away.

    You don't have to suffer
    It is what it is
    No bell book or candle
    Can get you out of this oh no!

    I'm scarred, I'm scarred, I'm scarred
    I'm scarred
    I'm scarred, I'm scarred, I'm scarred
    Every day of my life
    I just manage to survive
    I just wanna stay alive.

    You don't have to worry
    In heaven or hell
    Just dance to the music
    You do it so well, well, well!

    Hatred and jealousy, gonna be the death of me
    I guess I knew it right from the start
    Sing out about love and peace
    Don't wanna see the red raw meat
    The green eyed goddamn straight from your heart.

    I'm tired, I'm tired, I'm tired
    Of being so alone
    No place to call my own
    Like a rollin' stone.

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    #9 Dream
    John Lennon

    So long ago
    Was it in a dream? Was it just a dream?
    I know, yes I know
    It seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me.

    Took a walk down the street
    Thru the heat whispered trees
    I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
    Somebody call out my name (John) as it started to rain (John)
    Two spirits dancing so strange.

    Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
    Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
    Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé.

    Dream, dream away
    Magic in the air, was magic in the air?
    I believe, yes I believe
    More I cannot say, what more can I say?

    On a river of sound
    Thru the mirror go round, round
    I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
    Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
    The spirit dance was unfolding.

    Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé ...

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox)
    John Lennon

    Sweet as the smell of success
    Her body's warm and wet
    She gets me through this God awful lonliness
    A natural high butterfly Oh I,
    I need, need, need her.

    Just like a willow tree
    A breath of spring you see
    And oh boy you don't know what she do to me
    She makes me sweat and forget who I am
    I need, need, need, need her.

    Well I was wondering how long this could go on, on and on
    Well I thought I could never be surprised
    But could it be that I bit my own tongue
    Oh yeah, it's so hard to swallow when you're wrong.

    A bird of paradise
    Sunrise in her eyes
    God only knows such a sweet surprise
    I was blind she blew my mind think that I
    I love, love, love, love, love her
    I love her ...

    Sweet sweet, sweet sweet love
    Sweet sweet, sweet sweet love
    Sweet sweet, sweet sweet love
    Sweet sweet, sweet sweet love
    Sweet sweet, sweet sweet love

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Steel And Glass
    John Lennon

    There you stand with your L.A. tan
    And your New York walk and your New York talk
    Your mother left you when you were small
    But you're gonna wish you wasn't born at all.

    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass

    Your phone don't ring no one answers your call
    How does it feel to be off the wall

    Well your mouthpiece squawks as he spreads your lies
    But you can't pull strings if your hands are tied

    Well your teeth are clean but your mind is capped
    You leave your smell like an alley cat.

    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass
    Steel and glass.

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Beef Jerky(instrumental)
    John Lennon

    Beef Jerky!
    Beef Jerky!
    Beef Jerky!
    Beef Jerky!

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)
    John Lennon

    Nobody loves you when you're down and out
    Nobody sees you when you're on cloud nine
    Everybody's hustlin' for a buck and a dime
    I'll scratch your back and you scratch mine.

    I've been across to the other side
    I've shown you everything, I got nothing to hide
    But still you ask me do I love you, what it is, what it is
    All I can tell you is it's all show biz
    All I can tell you is it's all show biz

    Nobody loves you when you're down and out
    Nobody knows you when you're on cloud nine
    Everybody's hustlin' for a buck and a dime
    I'll scratch your back and you knife mine

    I've been across the water now so many times
    I've seen the one eyed witchdoctor leading the blind
    And still you ask me do I love you, what you say, what you say
    Everytime I put my finger on it, it slips away
    Everytime I put my finger on it, it slips away

    Well, I get up in the morning and I'm looking in the mirror to see, ooo wee!
    Then I'm lying in the darkness and I know I can't get to sleep, ooo wee!

    Nobody loves you when you're old and grey
    Nobody needs you when you're upside down
    Everybody's hollerin' 'bout their own birthday
    Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground

    ©Lennon Music/ATV Music Corp.



    Ya Ya
    Robinson/Dorsey/Lewis

    Okay, we´re just sitting in the La La.
    Okay, well do that.
    One, two, three, four!

    Sitting in the La La
    Waiting for the Ya Ya

    Sitting in the La La
    Waiting for the Ya Ya

    It may sound funny
    But it's alright, honey

    Hey baby worry, don't make worry
    Hey baby hurry, don't make worry

    ©Frost Music Corp./Jonware Music Corp.



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