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The Ballad of John and Yoko

“The Ballad of John and Yoko” is a song written by John Lennon,[2][3] attributed to Lennon–McCartney as was the custom, and released by the Beatles as a single in May 1969. The song, chronicling the events surrounding Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono, was the Beatles’ 17th and final UK number one single.[4]

Authored by Lennon while on his honeymoon in Paris,[3] it tells of the events of his marriage, in March 1969, to Ono, and their publicly held honeymoon activities, including their “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel and their demonstration of “bagism”.

Lennon brought the song to McCartney’s home on 14 April 1969, before recording it that evening.[5][6][7] “Paul knew that people were being nasty to John, and he just wanted to make it well for him,” said Ono. “Paul has a very brotherly side to him.”[8]

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