John Lennon


*free as a bird*
the dakota beatle demos

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Released: 1990
Label: ODEON 1001

This collection features the best of John Lennon´s original home demos recorded at the Dakota between 1976 and 1980. John´s original demos used for the new beatle´s song: free as a bird & real love are here as well as the talked about, but never heard, 3rd "beatle95" demo now and then. Also included are several never before heard Lennon´s compositions. In addition, this package contains a 4 page booklet containing informative notes.




  1. Free As A Bird (3:27)/(2:40)
  2. Real Love(take1) (4:08)
  3. Now And Then (5:03)
  4. Grow Old With Me (3:04)
  5. Dear John (4:33)
  6. That´s The Way The World Is (3:04)
  7. India (3:04)
  8. Mirror,Mirror(On The Wall) (2:36)
  9. Gone From This Place (3:24)
  10. Across The River (2:42)
  11. Don´t Be Crazy (3:12)
  12. Illusions (2:42)
  13. Baby Make Love To You (2:16)
  14. Life Begins At 40 (2:36)
  15. She´s A Friend Of Dorothy´s (4:07)
  16. You Saved My Soul (1:34)
  17. Sally And Billy (3:28)
  18. Whatever Happened To... (4:39)
  19. One Of The Boys (3:10)
  20. Help Me To Help Myself (2:08)
  21. Real Love (4:00)


    • Total playing time 1:12:51




Free As A Bird
John Lennon

Free as a bird
It's the next best thing to be
Free as a bird.

Home, home and dry
Like a homing bird I'll fly
As a bird on wings

Whatever happened to
The life that we once knew?
Doo doo doo....
Whatever happened to
The life that we once knew?
Hmmm hmmm....

Free as a bird
It´s the next best thing to be
Free as a bird
Home, home and dry
Like a homing bird I'll fly
A a bird on wings

Free as a bird
Doo doo doo...
Free as a bird
It's the next best thing to be
Free as a bird


Real love(take 1)
John Lennon

All the little planes and schemes
Lost like some forgotten dreams
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

Just like little girls and boys
Playing with their little toys
Seems like all we´re really were doing
Was waiting for love

No need to be alone
No need to be alone
Yes it's real love
Yes it's real
Yes it´s real love
Yes it´s real

From this moment on I know
Exactly where my life will go
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for love

Thought I´d been in love before
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

No need to be afraid
No need to be afraid
It's real love
Yes it's real
Yes it´s real love
It´s real



India
John Lennon

India, India take me to your heart
Reveal your ancient mysteries to me
I'm searching for an answer but somehere deep inside
I know I'll never find it here - it's already in my mind

India, India listen to my plea
Sit here at your feet so patiently
I'm waiting by the river but somewhere in my mind
I left my heart in England with the girl I left behind

I've got to follow my heart wherever it takes me
I've got to follow my heart wherever it calls to me
I've got to follow my heart and my heart is going home

India, India, listen to my plea
I sit here at your feet so patiently
I'm waiting by the river but somewhere in my mind
I left my heart in England with the girl I left behind

Gotta to follow my heart wherever it takes me
I've got to follow my heart wherever it calls to me
I've got to follow my heart and my heart is going home


Mirror, Mirror(On The )
John Lennon

Sometimes I look in the mirror
Is nobody there?
But I just keep on staring and staring
No
Can it be?
Can it be?
Can it be?

And if I look in the mirror
And nobody´s there
But I just keep on staring, and staring
No
Is it me?
Is it me?
Is it me?


Gone From This Place
John Lennon

Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place
Well I won't be satisfied till I'm gone from this place
Till I'm gone from this place

Ah I don't wanna die

Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place
Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place

Ah I don't wanna die

Oh how she weaves the spell around them
Oh how she weaves the magic circle

Momma popa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place
Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place

Ah I don't wanna die
Ah I don't wanna die

Oh how she weaves the spell around them
Oh how she weaves the magic circle

Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place
Momma poppa told me don't go from this place
Don't be gone from this place

Ah I don't wanna die
Oh no I don't wanna die

Ah, I don't wanna die

Oh how she weaves the spell around them
Oh how she weaves the spell around them

Momma poppa told me don't go from this place


Illusions
John Lennon

Illusions come
Illusions go
Sex and
Sex and drugs
And fool's gold

But I have seen it all before
But it's not deja vu
It's something more

But not for love nor money
But not for love nor money

Illusion come
Illusion go
Sex and drugs
And fool's gold

Yes I've seen the scene
It all before
It's not deja vu
Something much more

But not for love nor money
But not for love nor money
But not for love nor money
But not for love nor money


She´s A Friend Of Dorothy
John Lennon

Come to the underground
Sure know her way around
TV pretty elegant
Art deco decadent
Hot lips and no shame
All fun and no game

She is a friend of Dorothy's
She is a friend of
A friend of Dorothy's(she shows it)
A friend of Dorothy's(yes I know it)
A friend of Dorothy's(who´s allways she?)
Whoever she is?

Queen of the discotheques
Sheik of Arabesque
France jeans and nasty boots
Red hair and yellow rood
Frederick´s of Hollywood
Forty second and bloody good

She is a friend of Dorothy's
She is a friend indeed
A friend of Dorothy's(yes I know it)
A friend of Dorothy's(she shows it)
A friend of Dorothy's(who´s allways she?)
Whoever she is?

Trust in God and she will provide
She keep you satisfied
So long babe!
Keep dance!
She is a friend of Dorothy's
She´s a friend


You Saved My Soul
John Lennon

When I was lonely and scared
I nearly fell for a TV preacher
In a hotel room in Tokyo
Oh only you truly saved me from that suicide
Because all the things
I die along with you

Remember the time
When I went to jump out of that apartment window
On the west side of town of old New York
Oh only you saved me from that suicide
Because of all my foolish pride
Well if I could thank you, thank you
For saving my soul with your true love


Sally And Billy
John Lennon

Sally was proud and she ran with the crowd
Independent and beautiful
Oh how beautiful!
Spent all her days and most of the day
Drinking coffee and reading plays
Oh how beautiful!

Oh now Sally, Sally now don't you cry
Oh how she cried, wiping the tears from her eyes
Heart running dry
She's never satisfied

Billy's a man and he sings with a band
On the road doin´ one night stand, oh what a man
Spends all his time playing games with his mind
Chasing women and drinking wine, helluva lucky guy

Oh now Billy, Billy now don't you cry
Oh how he cried, wiping the tears from his eyes
Heart running dry, he's never satisfied

Too late now
To make it up somehow
Too late now
They missed the boat somehow

Sally and Billy are over the hill
Neither one of them understands, I guess they never will
Both of them dreaming of what might have been
Pray that Jesus will intervene, Oh dear Lord

Too late now to make it up somehow
Too late now they missed the boat somehow

Sally and Billy don't cry
Billy and Sally don't cry
Sally and Billy don't cry
Sally and Billy don't cry
Sally and Billy don't cry


Whatever happened to
John Lennon

Well she used to be an artist
But she threw away the key
Got a job
You know nine to five

And the most peculiar people
Hang around her everyday
Bunch of slobs
You know the kind

Now she's coming from nowhere
Keeps herself in the dark
Hides her head in a scarf
Got her books in a shawl

Whatever happened to
The woman we once knew
The river's rising fast
And if she hears me now
Trying to get the message somehow
Don't burn the boats till last

She used to be a swimmer
Now the rope´s around her neck
Such a shame
Ain't that a shame

And her mother was a lawyer
Taught her how to read a check
You know the game
Who's to blame

Comin' from nowhere
She keeps herself in the dark
Hides her head in a scarf
Got her books in a shawl

Whatever happened to
The woman we once knew
The river's rising fast
And if she's listening now
Trying to get the message somehow
Don't burn the boats
They're built to last

Well she used to be an artist
But she threw away the key
Got a job
You know nine to five
Got a job
Job!
You know nine to five

The most peculiar people
Hang around her everyday
Bunch of slobs
You know the kind

Going from nowhere
Ah she keeps herself in the dark
Hides her head in the scarf
Got her books in the shawl

Whatever happened to
The woman we once knew
The river's rising fast
And now she´s never known
Trying to get the message somehow
The boat is burning fast

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