to john


the morning was so normal

the afternoon was, too

i took the day in stride

a thing i always do

then off to a good friend’s house

i rode there on my bike

just to see on the tv news

a thing i didn’t like

there was that anchor lady she was

tellin’ us the news

i didn’t think that we were gonna

end up with the blues

your picture flashed across the screen

sadness crossed my mind 

i knew she was about to say

a thing that was unkind

before that woman read her story

tears came to my eyes

then she read the words before her

john lennon dies

john lennon dies

at the mercy 

of a man without a cause

he called your name

then he shot you down . now you’re gone

at the mercy of a man without a cause

he called your name

he looked you in the eye

he pulled the trigger

then he watched you die

you’ll never write another song

you’ll ask for peace no more

but at least there’s one good thing

you won’t be here for the war

even though your body’s gone

your song remains the same

we won’t forget your energy

we won’t forget your name

it’s sad the things some people do

that’s the way things are

your life here has been sacrificed

we’ve lost another star

we’ve lost another star

at the mercy

of a man without a cause

i guess he couldn’t stand your fame

he couldn’t let it be

he took your life on earth

but i think he set you free

i know he set you free

he set you free

© 1980

to john . recorded in one take . forgive my errors . © 1980

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