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Milk And Honey
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Milk And Honey
A Heart Play
by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

From a vinyl reissue


I'm Stepping Out

Sleepless Night 2:33

I Don't Want To Face It 3:21

Don't Be Scared 2:44

Nobody Told Me** 3:35

O Sanity* 1:04


Borrowed Time

Your Hands 3:04

(Forgive Me) Little Flower Princess 2:28

Let Me Count The Ways 2:16

Grow Old With Me 3:05

You're The One 3:56

All words and music by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
All selections BMI
(P) 1984 PolyGram Records, Inc.

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith 'a whole I planned,
Youth shows but half: trust God: see all nor be afraid!

- Robert Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right:
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with the passion put to use
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - And, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love

- John Lennon

(C) 1982, 1984 ONO MUSIC

Let me count the ways how I love you
It's like that gentle wind you feel at dawn
It's like that first sun that hits the dew
It's like that cloud with a gold lining telling us softly
That it'll be a good day, a good day for us
Thank you, thank you, thank you

- Yoko Ono

(C) 1982, 1984 ONO MUSIC

Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon
Hugh McCracken
Earl Slick
John Tropea
Elliot Randall
Steve Love

Tony Levin
Neil Jason
Wayne Pedziwiatr

Andy Newmark
Yogi Horton
Allan Schwartzberg

George Small
Paul Griffin

Arthur Jenkins, Jr.
Jimmy Maelen

Pete Cannarozzi
Ed Walsh

Howard Johnson

John Lennon
Yoko Ono

Gordon Grody
Kurt Yahjian
Carlos Alomar
Billy and Bob Alessi
Pete Thom

Jon Smith
Michael Barbiero

Michael Barbiero
Steve Thompson (disco mix)

Michael Barbiero
Paul Stubblebine

Alec Head
Ollie Cotton
John Davenport
Scott James
Fin Hunt

Greg Calbi

Hit Factory, New York
A and R Studios, New York
The Automatt, San Francisco
Sterling Sound, New York

Yoko Ono

Bill Levy/Bob Heimall

Outside/Kishin Shinoyama
Inside/(C) Allen Tannenbaum

"Grow Old With Me", (John Lennon/Vocal, Piano and Rhythm Box), and "Let Me Count The Ways", (Yoko Ono/Vocal and Piano) are from original cassette recordings by John and Yoko.

One early morning in the summer of 1980, I woke up with "Let Me Count The Ways" ringing in my head. I called John who was then in Bermuda and played it over the phone. "How d'you like it?" "I really like it. It's beautiful". "How about you writing one with a Robert Browning line and we'll have portraits of us as Elizabeth and Robert on the cover?" (This needs a little explaining. John and I always thought, among many others things, that we were maybe the reincarnation of Robert and Liz. So he immediately knew what I was talking about). We discussed then about Double Fantasy cover that it should be two portraits, one of Elizabeth and the other of Robert, only the faces would be ours. John thought we should look very prim and proper with just our hands coming out of the paintings and holding in the middle, the funny touch. We both laughed. "Okay then, just tell downstairs (our office) to send me the collection of Robert Browning and let's see what happens." It wasn't necessary, however, to send the collection to Bermuda. John called me that afternoon "Hey, you won't believe this!" He explained that he was watching the TV, a fifties film of a baseball player. In the film, John saw the girlfriend send a poem to her baseball player, a poem which was one by Robert Browning called "Grow Old Beside Me". "Can you believe that?...so anyway, this is my version". John proudly played his song over the phone. That's how our two songs happened.

To us, these two songs were the backbone of Double Fantasy, and we kept discussing how we could arrange them. For John, "Grow Old With Me" was one that would be a standard, the kind that they would play in church every time a couple gets married. it was horns and symphony time. But we were working against deadline for the Christmas release of the album, kept holding "Grow Old With Me" to the end, and finally decided it was better to leave the song for "Milk And Honey" so we won't do a rush job.

December 25, '80, I discovered that I received a Christmas present from John which he had bought and had it held as a surprise for me. It was a portrait and an original handwriting of Elizabeth Browning framed side by side. Sean received an Akita puppy, and named her Merry as in Merry Christmas. It was a cold day, and I remember Sean's thoughtful voice explaining to me how he named her Merry. Sean also received a watch inscribed in the back from Dad and Mom, which disappeared later.

"Grow Old With Me" was a song John made several cassettes of, as we discussed the arrangements for it. Everybody around us knew how important those cassettes were. They were in safekeeping, some in our bedroom, some in our cassette file, and some in a vault. All of them disappeared since then except the one on this record. It may be that it was meant to be this way, since the version that was left to us was John's last recording. The one John and I recorded together in our bedroom with a piano and a rhythm box.

From '81 to '83, it was as though Sean and I were standing in a snowfield surrounded by human wolves, who claimed themselves "close friends" and meanwhile raped and desecrated John's body in front of our eyes. We saw beautiful rainbows behind the black forest and people calling us with love from the distance, but there was no way to let them know what was happening. And Sean and I decided to call the rainbow to us by sharing our song with you.

Happy birthday, John. God bless our love.

October 9, '83. N.Y.C. y.o.

All songs (C) 1982, 1984 ONO MUSIC except * (C) 1983, 1984 and ** (C) 1982, 1983.

All songs used by permission
All rights reserved (BMI)

Printed in U.S.A.

817 160-1 521

(C) 1983 Ono Music (P) 1983, 1984 PolyGram Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured and marketed by PolyGram Records, Inc. 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Printed in U.S.A. ALSO AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE (817 160-4 Y1) AND COMPACT DISC (817 160-2 Y-1)
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