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Yoko Ono - Toyboat (with Antony Hegarty & Hahn Rowe)

Yoko Ono on April 04, 2011 09:45

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    Why do people keep laughing at desert island jokes?
    That is because, secretively, we are all desert islands.
    The desert island joke that I laughed at until there were tears in my eyes (now that's a tricky one!)
    was the one where a guy was waving frantically to a small ship in the distance.
    The ship came very near and it was still small.
    He picked it up.
    It was a toy ship.
    How many ships came near me turned out to be toy ships.

    - Yoko Ono, This is Not Here Show, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, October 1971

    TOY BOAT

    I’m waiting for a boat to help me out of here
    Waiting for a boat to help me out
    The boat that reached my shore was a toyboat
    Waiting for a boat to help me out

    I’m dreaming of a lake I’ve never seen before
    Dreaming of a lake I’ve never seen
    The lake I’ve seen last was a picture lake
    Dreaming of a lake I’ve never seen

    You who are
    You who are
    Help me out, help me out, help me out of here.

    I’m thinking of a castle on top of the hill
    Thinking of a castle on top of the hill
    The castle I’ve been to was full of flies
    Thinking of a castle on top of the hill

    You who are
    You who are
    Help me out, help me out, help me out of here

    I wrote this song after John's passing. Things were very hard for me. I had to survive for me and my son. So one day, I wrote this song, on the white piano John gave me for my birthday. I didn't write my songs on the white piano so much. So I wonder now, if John was telling me to do this - "ASK FOR HELP, YOKO!" Maybe. I quickly wrote and sung the song hoping that some help would come. What came was more attack than help. But since I am still here, I must have received enough help to have survived. I feel very thankful. love, yoko

    - Yoko Ono 29 May 2011

    Released by: Astralwerks
    Release date: Feb 6, 2007

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