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John Lennon's Call for Peace Remembered

John Lennon's Call for Peace Remembered

By    |   Monday, 30 September 2019 11:56 AM

Beatlemania swept across the world last week as fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Abbey Road" album and while the frenzy has died down, the intrigue surrounding the band and its members continues.

Eyes now turn to John Lennon, who sparked public interest for an image that resurfaced nearly 40 years after his death in which he is calling for a truce.

Shared to the official John Lennon Twitter account, the photograph depicts the Beatles co-founder and wife Yoko Ono waving a white flag. The image formed part of their campaign for peace and was shared on social media for the International Day of Peace that took place on Saturday.

"A white flag is going to be our symbol," Lennon was quoted in the tweet. "And that means everybody can wave a white flag; just a pure, white flag. You know, we want a truce."

John and Yoko were both vocal anti-war activists known for their numerous peace campaigns, their most famous arguably being their two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace held in Amsterdam and Montreal in 1969.

"Yoko and I are quite willing to be the world's clowns if by so doing it will do some good," John said in a quote shared to his Twitter page. "I know I'm one of these 'famous personalities.' For reasons only known to themselves, people do print what I say. And I'm saying peace."

Peace was not the only topic drawing attention back to John. Another revealing post shed light on who penned the band's hit "Day Tripper."

There always has been controversy behind the songwriting partnership between John and fellow bandmate Paul McCartney. There was a standing agreement that both be credited equally for all songwriting for The Beatles but it did cause conflict. Despite this, Lennon boldly took credit for writing "Day Tripper."

"'That's mine, including the guitar lick, the guitar break, the whole bit," he was quoted in a tweet. "Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferry boat or something. But it was kind of, you know, you're just a weekend hippie. Get it?"

When they first formed The Beatles, John and Paul forged a bond cemented by the fact that both had lost their mothers at an early age.

"To lose your mom at 14 is not easy," Paul said in an interview on "The Late Show" recently. "It was difficult for a few years just trying to come to terms with it but then I found music ... and John [Lennon]. John lost his mother too."

During the band’s later years, tension among the members began to mount, sparking rumors of an ongoing feud between John and Paul. It all came to a head when the band broke up in 1970 (John signed paperwork to make the breakup official in 1974). Despite reports, Paul said he and John remained friends and the death of his bandmate continues to haunt him today.

"I dream about him," he admitted. "When you've had a relationship like that for so long, such a deep relationship, I love when people revisit you in your dreams. I often have band dreams. I have a lot of dreams about John."

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