Song of the Day: John Lennon, “#9 Dream”

It’s hard to imagine John Lennon as an 81-year-old man, but that’s what he’d be today had he not been murdered in 1980. I chose my favorite song by him, "#9 Dream," from his 1974 album Walls And Bridges. May Pang, his mistress in the mid-to-late ’70’s, said "This was one of John’s favorite songs, because it literally came to him in a dream. He woke up and wrote down those words along with the melody. He had no idea what it meant, but he thought it sounded beautiful." And while John later said it was a "throwaway," he considered it a favorite. As a single, it (appropriately) reached #9 on the Hot 100 in late 1974 and early 1975.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: John Lennon, “#9 Dream”

  1. He also considered And Your Bird Can See a throwaway…I like a lot of his throwaways.


    1. My favorite of his, mostly because it’s stream of consciousness and as such doesn’t have any deep meaning. It’s just kind of a dream…


  2. Although his vision of “All you need is love” pacifism seemed naïve and quaint even during his life, if anyone deserved the accolade of “a man of peace” in the most positive sense, it was he; his demise in gratuitous violence seemed of almost biblical cruelty for that reason. I have no reservation in calling him one of the great influencers who, for better or worse, shaped the bygone century. I miss and mourn him greatly.


    1. Julian talks about some of the nasty things his father said to him, and still bears somewhat of a grudge with him, though their relationship got better before John died. He’s amassed a collection of memorabilia of his father, and made the remark “The irony isn’t lost on me that I’m using his money to buy back his things.”

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      1. I just watched an old 60 Minutes (2010?) piece on Julian. It included several of the items from his collection: a guitar with a plaque “to Julian from Daddy on ___” (I forget the date), photographs of them together, and postcards John sent to him from everywhere.. It seems Julian is/was buying back his history & relationship with his father. So sad.


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