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John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band with Elephant's Memory plus Invisible Strings -We're All Water

Yoko Ono on July 27, 2011 12:18

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    by Yoko Ono

    There may not be much difference between Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon If we strip them naked
    There may not be much difference between Marilyn Monroe and Lenny Bruce If we check their coffins
    There may not be much difference between White House and Hall of People If we count their windows
    There may not be much difference between Raquel Welch and Jerry Rubin If we hear their heartbeat

    We're all water from different rivers
    That's why it's so easy to meet
    We're all water in this vast, vast ocean
    Someday we'll evaporate together

    There may not be much difference between Eldrige Cleaver and Queen of England If we bottle their tears
    There may not be much difference between Manson and the Pope If we press their smile
    There may not be much difference between Rockefeller and you If we hear you sing
    There may not be much difference between you and me If we show our dreams

    We're all water from different rivers
    That's why it's so easy to meet
    We're all water in this vast, vast ocean
    Someday we'll evaporate together

    What's the difference?
    What's the difference?

    There's no difference!
    There's no difference!
    What's the difference?


    by Yoko Ono

    Once we were fish
    Moving freely in the sea.
    Our bodies were soft and swift
    And we had no belongings.

    Now that we crawled out of the sea
    We are dry and full of cravings.
    We wander from city to city
    Carrying the memory of the sea
    (but it isn’t just a memory).

    Listen very carefully and you will hear
    The sea in your body.
    You know, our blood is seawater
    And we are all seacarriers.

    From “Seven Little Stories” 1st story
    The Connection (original in Japanese)
    spring 1952

    by Yoko Ono

    you are water
    I’m water
    we’re all water in different containers
    that’s why it’s so easy to meet
    someday we’ll evaporate together

    but even after the water’s gone
    we’ll probably point out to the containers
    and say, “that’s me there, that one.”
    we’re container minders

    For Half-A-Wind Show, Lisson Gallery, London 1967.
    Instruction from the book 'Grapefruit' by Yoko Ono


    by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    (finished on the morning of our wedding anniversary, March 20th, '72)

    This album is in two parts. Part one is the first pop/rock record we have made together. The songs we wrote and sang are subjects we and most people talk about, and it was done in the tradition of minstrels (singing reporters) who sang about their times and what was happening.

    This is not a "new phase" John and Yoko. It does not necessarily mean that every record we make will be "political." To us, it is a direct descendant of Yoko's early peace events and Grapefruit (pre-John), and also John's "satire" in Spaniard In the Works, and onward. It isn't a trend, but a thought, a song.

    Part two: Live Jam, is part old and part new. All live. We hope you dig the history as well as the music. It's also free!


    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    There are no two mouths alike. Our bodies, in fact, are an assurance of our uniqueness. But we share our minds and our dreams. A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality. Positive attitudes create positive situations. Let's learn to aim high in our dreams. Together, there is nothing we can't do.

    To middle America who are afraid of youth and the future: Please don't be afraid. Don't try to stop running water. Join us. If change is inevitable, let's change for the better for all of us. Our future cannot be anything but brightness. The law of nature is that once one knows, one can never unknow what one knows. Rapidly, more and more people will be aware. Without trying, the world is heading for perfect awareness - and you are part of it. You are part of the running water. The fenceless and doorless world is soon to come. It's our fear which is keeping the doors closed and the fences high. Please don't be afraid. Open your minds, they belong to the world. The mind knows no pain in the act of sharing, while sharing bread is often pain. Join us! - in the doorless world.

    To the hard hats who think that they don't have the power to free themselves from the tyranny and suppression of the capitalists: It's not their power or money that is controlling you, as is generally believed. Their power depends on your fear and apathy. Once your awareness and confidence equals theirs, how could they keep you down? You outnumber them, don't let them close your eyes. I will send to you only in ESP.

    To the youth who think they are silenced by the media and alienated from the world: The future is yours. Have the patience of a pregnant woman. But don't wait for the world to reach you. You are the aware ones. Reach out. Reach out. Reach out with love. Love communicates, whereas hatred, in the end, doesn't. Extend your hand to middle America with love. There cannot be a true world revolution without the support of the silent majority.

    The world is now split into two kinds of people, and only two! One is the kind who communicate, and the other is the kind who doesn't. Those who don't, believe that they can't because they have no access to the communications media.

    But you are the media. People are. Your message is the media not the other way around, and the media does not exist without people. Let's believe in people and their power. Total communication equals peace. Violence is to eliminate ignorance, apathy and hatred. Let's not fight among ourselves. Togetherness is the only power we have.

    Water, on its own accord, always comes together. We're all water from different rivers. That's why it's so easy to meet. Barriers are products of our imagination. Why can't we focus our energies on a more positive image? Imagine there are no countries...all the people living life in peace. Imagine. Believe in it coming...sing about it, do something about it, and we are half way there.



    Peace and Love,


    While vacationing in San Francisco, I lost two pale green notebooks. They are of great personal value. If found, please contact SunDance Magazine. There is a reward - no questions asked. - Y.O.

    Originally published in Sundance Magazine, 1972


    Release date: Jun 12, 1972


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