Yoko Ono the woman who knew Lennon best discloses the intimate story of her life with Beatles Legend John Lennon. Yoko also takes the opportunity to set the record straight on speculation surrounding her relationship with Paul McCartney.
She also chooses her top five John Lennon songs revealling the reasons what makes these five so special from all the other classic songs from one of the worlds most gifted writers.

People paying tribute to John -

"I love that people do covers of John's tracks. I'm very grateful to the artists for carrying on John's music and his message. I think it's very sweet that Liam Gallagher was so influenced by John and wants to carry his memory on his own music. I know people have commented that they look alike but I wouldn't say that Liam looks like John, but it's still very sweet that he wants to carry on John's spirit".

Paul McCartney, Friend or Foe? -

"I think our relationship is very good now. When we need to speak, we speak. There are always Beatle family gatherings where everyone gets together so we often see each other at those things".

"Most recently we all met up after George Harrison's passing, we got together and had a tea party of sorts. We watched the film that Olivia, George's wife, had made and all of us were there. People like to picture Paul and I in a boxing ring, squaring up to each other, feuding all the time, otherwise it's not exciting or interesting for them".


"People need light hearted topics like me and Paul fighting to escape all the horror of the world, but it's not true anymore".



"I'm sure that the next time we see each other it'll be fine. We have clashed many times in the past. But I do respect Paul now. I respect him for having been John's partner and he now respects me for being John's wife. We have respect for each other now and we've each accepted each other's place in John's life".

Yoko and John's first meeting -

"It was 1966 when me and John first met. He came into an art exhibition I was doing. At the moment when we met I didn't really think it was earth shattering. It was just an ordinary a quiet night and he just walked into the gallery. You could say there were sparks when we met, but maybe quieter sparks, on a very sub-conscience level. I simply thought he was a very attractive, beautiful man."



"We were both married when we first met and we were both the kind of people that needed to think that through before we acknowledged how we felt about each other. When I thought I might be falling in love with John I fled to Paris, thinking that I would never go back to London and never see him again. But fate intervened, I got called back to London, we met up again and that was that, we fell in love".

Yoko's power over John -

"I really don't know how much I influenced John, I don't think I ever had that kind of power over him. I think it was just that we came from very different backgrounds and we were constantly exchanging information, debating and discussing everything".


"We were both very verbal people, we discussed everything, art, politics, the world, everything. It was always very exciting and interesting every time we talked. So it's inevitable that we got excited by those opposing opinions and went on to try different things, different ways of expressing ourselves".


"Both of us should take credit for our ideas and protests because we were both extremely sensitive to each other. We would often have the same ideas and say to each other "I was just thinking that"

Letting go of the past -

"John and I once did a shoot for the Robert Fraser Gallery. The image taken from that shoot is of me and John setting off hundreds of white balloons, it was quite something. Each balloon had a little tag on that said "If found please bring back to the Robert Fraser Gallery". That was the most important part of the shoot, to involve people, for people to participate. The plan was that people would find the balloons all around the city, bring them back to the gallery and be part of it".


"Recently we recreated the same image. When I arrived I was amazed. I saw loads of people with hundreds of white balloons and I thought, "Oh my god, are we really going to do this again?" I took three balloons, one represented John, one was Sean and one was me. We all counted, 1,2,3 and everybody released their balloons at the same time. I took a deep breath and let my three balloons go too. It was so beautiful. It's good to try to release your past in a way, to try to let it go, but of course it will always be there".

John's songs for Yoko -

"The songs 'Just Starting Over' and 'Grow Old With Me' are the most romantic ones John wrote for me. In 'Grow Old With Me' he was saying that he wanted us to grow old together. That was what he wanted, the rest of his life just with me. That song really hit me hard and still does, it was written in 1980 just before he died. It's a very beautiful song. I still feel that I will grow old with him, even though he's not here any more. Most of his songs are still very hard to listen to because he is singing them and he isn't here anymore".


"But we can't drown in our sorrows because he wouldn't have wanted that. I have to believe that he's still with us, that the power from his songs and his statements are still helping us, even now".

The Nakedness! -

"When John and I went naked it was a statement. Basically we were saying that we were not guarded, we are just human. There were so many people and not telling each other how they felt and that's not good for the soul. So we decided to bare all and show everyone else that we weren't guarded, we had nothing to hide. The funny thing was that he didn't actually want anyone else to take the picture of me naked. So he bought a digital camera and took the pictures himself. Which was kind of sweet but of course everyone saw the pictures of me naked anyway!"



"To be honest it wasn't that comfortable being naked, we could have done it better with the right kind of lighting. We could have made ourselves look better. I was four months pregnant at the time the picture was taken, but no one knew that, that was our little secret".


"After that picture we got a lot of slashing from everyone in the media, but we didn't care. As artists we just had to do it. We didn't think about what people might have thought, in hindsight we maybe should have done".

Public criticism -

"People criticised us all the time. But we were almost drunk with love for each other so we paid no attention at all. If we hadn't had that, then it would have been terrible. But I have to say that it didn't really affect us at the time because it didn't touch us".


"I was an ideal scapegoat as the person to blame for The Beatles split. Women have always been used to blame for the fall of great things. Even now, very powerful women often become public examples of bad things or get labelled as a bad people, but that never happens to men"

The White Piano from Imagine -

"The white piano that John wrote 'Imagine' on, that also appeared in the video, was actually a present from John to me. But the funny thing was, on the day it arrived, John, like a typical man, unwrapped it and started playing it. He looked at me and said, "I'll just make sure it's ok, then you can have a go". I just thought, ok you go ahead and play for a bit then come let me know when I can have a go on my present!"

Being a Beatle's wife -

"I think all the women who married a Beatle had a very hard time of it. I won't name them specifically but I know a certain other Beatle wife who suffered like I did. I think that a lot of rock and roll wives find it hard being married to a rock star and often get a very hard time in the press".

Yoko On Her Choice Of Songs

Speaking exclusively to presenter Jayne Middlemiss, Yoko names her 5 all time favourite John Lennon tracks for the first time and gives viewers an honest and emotional account of his life and the music that shaped it.

Yoko starts off by choosing 'Working Class Hero' as her track from the past -"I was quite impressed when John first recorded this on tape. It's just him strumming the guitar and singing. It just sort of happened that way, really simple, it was beautiful. In that moment I realised he was just so talented he didn't need a whole orchestra behind him, he didn't need lots of re-takes in the studio, it was just simple and beautiful. I was very, very impressed".

Yoko picks 'Beautiful Boy' the song that John wrote for his son Sean as her track from the present - "This song was all John, he wrote it for Sean. I remember when Sean was young, whenever John did anything with him like teaching him to swim, he'd always be so proud and say "That's one thing I've given him, he'll remember that forever". I haven't asked Sean if this is one of his favourite songs. Most children prefer to be independent, they don't want to know too much about their parents. All parents are embarrassing to their children, no matter who they are".

Yoko chose the emotional song 'Just Like Starting Over' as her track for the future - "This song is a bitter sweet memory for me, it's all about starting over. It was written in 1980 just before John passed away. It was a very, very good time for us, we were both very excited about the record and we really felt we were going to start over. We didn't even know that it [John's death] might happen, we were so ignorant about it, to the point that he even wrote a song about starting over. I often wonder what that might mean".

Peace was always something close to John and Yoko's heart, so it's no surprise she picked 'Give Peace A Chance' as her dedication track - "We recorded this song in Montreal, Canada, in a hotel room during the 'Bed In'. I would like to dedicate this song to all the world. We wrote this because of how we felt when we were together. We were so thankful that we had our love and we wanted to share that with the world. We just wanted to make the world a better place for all of us".

Yoko's final choice for her all time favourite track is the legendary 'Imagine' - "When I first heard the finished version of this song I was in a room in Ascot in England with John and my first thoughts were that it would be a hit! The lyrics were just so beautiful. We both liked the song a lot but we honestly didn't realise it would turn into the powerful song it has, all over the world. We didn't realise it would be that big. We just did it because we believed in the words and it just reflected how we were feeling".

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For more details on ITV's Orange Playlist and the Tour or if you missed the show you can catch the edited highlights of Jayne and her celebrity guests on: www.orange.co.uk/playlist Yoko Ono the woman who knew Lennon best discloses the intimate story of her life with Beatles Legend John Lennon. Yoko also takes the opportunity to set the record straight on speculation surrounding her relationship with Paul McCartney.
She also chooses her top five John Lennon songs revealling the reasons what makes these five so special from all the other classic songs from one of the worlds most gifted writers.

People paying tribute to John -

"I love that people do covers of John's tracks. I'm very grateful to the artists for carrying on John's music and his message. I think it's very sweet that Liam Gallagher was so influenced by John and wants to carry his memory on his own music. I know people have commented that they look alike but I wouldn't say that Liam looks like John, but it's still very sweet that he wants to carry on John's spirit".

Paul McCartney, Friend or Foe? -

"I think our relationship is very good now. When we need to speak, we speak. There are always Beatle family gatherings where everyone gets together so we often see each other at those things".

"Most recently we all met up after George Harrison's passing, we got together and had a tea party of sorts. We watched the film that Olivia, George's wife, had made and all of us were there. People like to picture Paul and I in a boxing ring, squaring up to each other, feuding all the time, otherwise it's not exciting or interesting for them".

"People need light hearted topics like me and Paul fighting to escape all the horror of the world, but it's not true anymore".

"I'm sure that the next time we see each other it'll be fine. We have clashed many times in the past. But I do respect Paul now. I respect him for having been John's partner and he now respects me for being John's wife. We have respect for each other now and we've each accepted each other's place in John's life".

Yoko and John's first meeting -

"It was 1966 when me and John first met. He came into an art exhibition I was doing. At the moment when we met I didn't really think it was earth shattering. It was just an ordinary a quiet night and he just walked into the gallery. You could say there were sparks when we met, but maybe quieter sparks, on a very sub-conscience level. I simply thought he was a very attractive, beautiful man."

"We were both married when we first met and we were both the kind of people that needed to think that through before we acknowledged how we felt about each other. When I thought I might be falling in love with John I fled to Paris, thinking that I would never go back to London and never see him again. But fate intervened, I got called back to London, we met up again and that was that, we fell in love".

Yoko's power over John -

"I really don't know how much I influenced John, I don't think I ever had that kind of power over him. I think it was just that we came from very different backgrounds and we were constantly exchanging information, debating and discussing everything".

"We were both very verbal people, we discussed everything, art, politics, the world, everything. It was always very exciting and interesting every time we talked. So it's inevitable that we got excited by those opposing opinions and went on to try different things, different ways of expressing ourselves".

"Both of us should take credit for our ideas and protests because we were both extremely sensitive to each other. We would often have the same ideas and say to each other "I was just thinking that"

Letting go of the past -

"John and I once did a shoot for the Robert Fraser Gallery. The image taken from that shoot is of me and John setting off hundreds of white balloons, it was quite something. Each balloon had a little tag on that said "If found please bring back to the Robert Fraser Gallery". That was the most important part of the shoot, to involve people, for people to participate. The plan was that people would find the balloons all around the city, bring them back to the gallery and be part of it".

"Recently we recreated the same image. When I arrived I was amazed. I saw loads of people with hundreds of white balloons and I thought, "Oh my god, are we really going to do this again?" I took three balloons, one represented John, one was Sean and one was me. We all counted, 1,2,3 and everybody released their balloons at the same time. I took a deep breath and let my three balloons go too. It was so beautiful. It's good to try to release your past in a way, to try to let it go, but of course it will always be there".

John's songs for Yoko -

"The songs 'Just Starting Over' and 'Grow Old With Me' are the most romantic ones John wrote for me. In 'Grow Old With Me' he was saying that he wanted us to grow old together. That was what he wanted, the rest of his life just with me. That song really hit me hard and still does, it was written in 1980 just before he died. It's a very beautiful song. I still feel that I will grow old with him, even though he's not here any more. Most of his songs are still very hard to listen to because he is singing them and he isn't here anymore".

"But we can't drown in our sorrows because he wouldn't have wanted that. I have to believe that he's still with us, that the power from his songs and his statements are still helping us, even now".

The Nakedness! -

"When John and I went naked it was a statement. Basically we were saying that we were not guarded, we are just human. There were so many people and not telling each other how they felt and that's not good for the soul. So we decided to bare all and show everyone else that we weren't guarded, we had nothing to hide. The funny thing was that he didn't actually want anyone else to take the picture of me naked. So he bought a digital camera and took the pictures himself. Which was kind of sweet but of course everyone saw the pictures of me naked anyway!"


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