Friday, December 09, 2005

Death of a Beatle

"You make your own dream. That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story. That's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshiped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you."
John Lennon
some 25 years ago yesterday, One of Rock music's most notable icon and quarter of the legendary Beatles died. John Lennon, coming home in night of Dec. 8, 1980 was shot in the back by a fan named Mark David Chapman.

The lyrics from Cranberries (with the haunting voice of Dolores O' Riordan) sums it all:


It was a fearful night of december 8th

He was returning home from the studio late

He had perceptively known that it wouldn't be nice

Because in 1980, he paid the price

John lennon died
With a smith and wesson 38

John lennon's life was no longer a debate

He should have stayed at home

He should have never cared

The man who took his life declared:

He said, "i just shot john lennon,
I just shot john lennon"

What a sad and sorry and sickening sight

What a sad and sorry and sickening night...

Mugshot of Chapman

The gun that killed Lennon