Yoko Ono

feeling the space


Yoko Ono in the album liner notes

"This album is dedicated to the sisters who died in pain and sorrow and those who are now in prisons and in mental hospitals for being unable to survive in the male society."

From Yoko Ono's essay Feeling The Space (1973)

"A man came up to me and said "May I shake hands with the hand that shook hands with John Lennon?" I said, "Well, we've done a lot of things in our time but we haven't got around to doing that yet ... so what are you going to do about that?" He just mumbled, sort of, and shook my hand anyway. Hey, yoke, yoki, yoyo, yoho! A is for Anger, B is for Brute, C is for Cunning, D is for Death. Actually, I'm a Lenny Bruce married to Greta Garbo, if you must know. Two people in love never shake hands. The shortest distance between two dots is a direct line. Direct line is out of order. Snow in New York City -- in our heads. Central Park is still summer. The air smells wise and tender. It surrounds me without giving me any pressure--like a kind friend. It makes me feel innocent again."

Yoko Ono about the album in 1997 to Jody Denberg

"I wouldn't say that these songs directly affected or influenced a society because these were not songs that were played that much, et cetera. But I think, you know, in terms of prayer, you know, that these songs may have been helping."

 


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